Edison Invents the Phonograph

Thomas Alva Edison secured a U.S. patent on February 19, 1878 in Menlo Park, NJ, USA for the phonograph or speaking machine design which developed from an idea for a telegraph repeater. Mechanic, John Kreusi constructed a cylinder, operated by a hand crank, was wrapped in tin foil, with which two needles fastened to diaphragms made contact. The instrument recorded the first verse of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Date:
      February 19, 1878
Name(s):
      Thomas Alva Edison
Occupation:
      Inventor
Location:
      Menlo Park, NJ, USA


Additional Information:

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