Recording cylinders, ca. 1930

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Recording cylinders, ca. 1930

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These cylinders are like the ones Jesse Walter Fewkes used to record Passamaquoddy songs in 1898. This early recording technology etches songs into the cylinder, which can be later played back.

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first telephones, started the Dictaphone Company. Bell improved on Edison’s phonograph by adding new recording mediums like cylinders and disc records made of more stable materials, making sound recording practical.

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  • Title: Recording cylinders, ca. 1930
  • Creator: Dictaphone Corp.
  • Creation Date: circa 1930
  • Subject Date: circa 1930
  • Location: ME
  • Media: Wax, cardboard
  • Local Code: 2004.090.0812.2
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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