Scientists salvage Thomas Edisons 'Talking Doll' recordings



2015-07-06 14:20:44

Scientists have managed to salvage the sound recordings from Thomas Edisons 'Talking Dolls'-which frightened children so much in 1890 that they were pulled from the shelves within weeks.

The pioneering dolls were invented by Edison and feature some of the earliest recordings ever made. Though unfortunately for Edison the dolls were discontinued after just 6 weeks as the primitave recordings frightened rather than captivated young children. 

The recordings were salvaged using a Irene-3D system which creates a digital model of the surface of a phonograph record and came from the colelction of Robin and Joan Rolfs.

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2016-08-04 11:47:50

The second image showing a sketch of the doll alongside its internal Phonograph mechanism is not he Edison doll. It is an artist's impression of the later French Jumeau talking doll that played celluloid (not wax), cylinders.

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