Tuesday, June 17, 2008

V is for Voice in ABC Wednesday

Or rather - the recording of Voices. Thomas Alva Edison is usually regarded as the inventor of this principle, but as a matter of fact several other people had preceded him or were presenting similar devices at approximately the same time.

According to Wikipedia, Edison's Phonograph worked according to the following principle:

Thomas Alva Edison conceived the principle of recording and reproducing sound between May and July 1877 as a byproduct of his efforts to "play back" recorded telegraph messages and to automate speech sounds for transmission by telephone.[4] He announced his invention of the first phonograph, a device for recording and replaying sound, on November 21, 1877, and he demonstrated the device for the first time on November 29 (it was patented on February 19, 1878 as US Patent 200,521). Edison's early phonographs recorded onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder using an up-down ("hill-and-dale") motion of the stylus.[5] The tinfoil sheet was wrapped around a grooved cylinder, and the sound was recorded as indentations into the foil. Edison's early patents show that he also considered the idea that sound could be recorded as a spiral onto a disc, but Edison concentrated his efforts on cylinders, since the groove on the outside of a rotating cylinder provides a constant velocity to the stylus in the groove, which Edison considered more "scientifically correct"
The Phonograph shown here is an original Edison phonograph (slightly restored) belonging to the boy-friend of one of my daughters.

This machine was built in 1904, but the cylinders are not of wax, but made of bakelite. However, I can vouch for the sound - a bit tinny but definitely a song.


PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

52 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

I have the perfect accesory Runee...

http://mrsnesbittsplace.blogspot.com/2007/10/abc-wednesday-n-is-fornipper.html

Gary said...

I love these old machines - even the sound.

Great post - and an education too!

Gary

Kerri said...

Very unique for ABC Wednesday! I LOVE It!!!

Juliana RW said...

wow...that is very old voice machines

Mine in here at My Imaginary site. Thanks

picturing said...

great V post with info

My ABC in here Thanks

mylittlephotonook said...

Hej!
Vilken trevlig pojkvän din dotter måste ha, som är intresserad av gamla antika grammofoner! Den är ju väldigt snygg som prydnad, nästan som en möbel där den står! Intressant post som vanligt.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Kjempestilig V-Valg.. Veldig artig med slike gamle ting!

Ha en fin dag.

Lana G! said...

Vintage and wonderful! Love it!

ellen b said...

What a great piece of history!

reader Wil said...

You have a good eye for photography RuneE!Very fine pictures!

Suzi-k said...

great! Interesting info too. I discovered sleeveface.com yesterday, looks like a fun way to use old discs if you don't have one of these!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I have never had the chance to hear these before up close and personal but I know of those that have these and are proud owners. Very nice post! Well photographed as well.

Old Wom Tigley said...

It now make a great piece of visual art...

Aileni said...

What very fine piece of equipment. Reminds me of the HMV logo.

Berit said...

Den var virkelig flott!!

Petunia said...

Oj, har du en slik en... Så stilig!
Flotte bildere er det også:)

leslie said...

Awesome way to do the word "VOICES" today! Incredibly captivating post. Well done! :D

imac said...

Ah back in the years, great photos and great post.

naturglede said...

Morsomt å se de gamle tingene igjen.Flott Abc.Du er tidlig ute, jeg får visste sette i gang jeg også. Ha ei flott uke videre:)

John said...

Den gamle grammofonen var virkelig flott! Meget bra V post Rune.

Marie said...

Flott innlegg :)

photowannabe said...

Your Victrola is such a fine vintage piece. We have one of these also but lack the trumpet. Love yours. the cylinders are so delicate that we have broken several just moving them.
Terrific posting for V.

andrée said...

I saw one of the cylinders in an ancient phonograph and it worked. It was marvelous to watch. These are great photos and good info.

Gordon said...

A great post. We take so much for granted with modern electronics; it is nice to remember where it all started.

babooshka said...

Fantastic post from start to finish and wonderful close ups.Definitely educational.

ArneA said...

Interesting.
Hopefully the boyfriend does not act as the Master when Voicing towards your daughter

evlahos said...

ohhh!!! this is amazing. great antique and interesting info. excellent captures.

Dina said...

So THAT's how the phonograph started! Thanks!
The beginning of music in every home.

Liz said...

What a fantastic old machine!

Blue said...

My first thought was His Master's Voice - the original painting of Nipper was I think with one of these, HMV changed it to a newer model of their own when they made the logo theirs.
Great photo's.

me ann my camera said...

I have seen these old cylinders at auctions! A great V post and an interesting and educational text!

Thank you for having visited mine.

Jerez said...

I thought you might be interested in this video I stumbled onto awhile back. I was lucky to locate it..and think you might enjoy it..long but great, about Tesla.
http://transcendentethos.com/video/tesla/index.htm

Ida said...

Nostalgisk og flott.
Jeg fortrekker å lytte til CD`er. Men, den tar seg godt ut som den fine antikviteten den er. :)

Katney said...

And not much later V could be vor Victrola.

Miss_Yves said...

I love the first photo !
Beautiful reflections on the other pictures
Why not ...a video ?
Miss Yves

bobbie said...

Thank you for these wonderful pictures. As late as 1955 I was typing from a dictaphone with wax cylinders in an office that just did not keep up with the times. The sound was quite clear.

Louis la Vache said...

Very good choice for "V"-Wednesday!

Over at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo, we have Visions of Hell!

Daryl said...

Wonderful V! Ah the memories...

:-Daryl

ExpatKat said...

Love your pictures, Runee. Great post.

Really like the picture in your header too. Think I'll just have to come by every so often to look at it and remember home.

AphotoAday said...

Interesting to learn about the battle between the cylinder and the disc...   Neat photos!

Paulie said...

What a great V entry! I would not have thought of it!

detroit dog said...

Rune, you always have the most interesting stories to tell!

Thank you for passing along the CF/fund raiser info and link to your friends. My site has gotten many hits from Norway and some comments also from your friend that had the transplant. The fundraiser was a success, and was last night. I'm still recuperating from it (ha!) and will blog about it in the next day or so.

You have an interesting community of supportive friends, Rune. You are a lucky man.

zetor said...

Very interesting post

baba said...

Some good shots for the "V".
Congratulations from Barcelona, España.

Neva said...

A very good V as well! very neat looking. Mine is up here

Kim said...

Wow, great choice for V. Everyone is so creative today :)

kRiZ cPEc said...

how cool~~

Ashish said...

Hi

I am planning my honeymoon in norway from 28th November till 6th December. I stay in India. Can you please guide me about the weather and please let me know if it is not the right time to come to norway?

Ashish

Louis la Vache said...

Re your comment Chez la Vache, "Louis" is also glad that une Vache, specifically him, wasn't included in those Visions of Hell!

Dick said...

A friend of my has one too and he recorded the music and putted it on his website. It is really a pleasure to listen. This proofs that the most high-tech equipment is not necessary to enjoy music.

nina said...

Nice Victrola!

Nina at Nature Remains

kml said...

A very unique post!