Graphophone – The First Dictation Device

Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter patented the Graphophone, a treadle-powered dictation device in 1885. Similar to the Edison phonograph, it recorded sound on wax-coated cylinders with vertical cut grooves. Bell and Tainter founded the American Graphophone Company on May 13, 1887, with financing from congressional reporters James Clephane, Andrew Devine, and John H. White who sold the dictation machine.

      May 13, 1887
      Chichester Bell, Charles Tainter

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