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by René Rondeau
The history of recorded sound began with a sheet of tinfoil and a familiar
nursery rhyme: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Although many books refer to this
revolutionary invention in passing, until now no comprehensive history of the tinfoil
phonograph has even been attempted.
In this book the story of the earliest
phonographs is recounted through the machines themselves -- the surviving hardware
that so eloquently expresses the history of Edison's greatest invention.
--THE ORIGINS OF THE TINFOIL PHONOGRAPH
A brief history of the tinfoil
phonograph and the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company.
Illustrations and descriptions of all of Edison's tinfoil models,
chronologically presented from the first prototype of December 1877 through the 'experimental
feedscrew' model of about 1886
--OTHER AMERICAN TINFOIL PHONOGRAPHS
array of little-known rarities by American makers, most of which were made in violation
of Edison's patents!
--EUROPEAN TINFOIL PHONOGRAPHS
sampling of unusual phonographs from other countries, ranging from tiny to enormous,
simple to ornate.
--REPLICA TINFOIL PHONOGRAPHS
an original phonograph from a replica can sometimes be challenging. This helpful
section illustrates a variety of known types of replicas and homemade machines, and
offers hints on identifying a replica.
--TINFOIL vs. ALUMINUM FOIL
constitutes 'original' tinfoil for recording and how does it differ from modern foil?
This chapter gives a full summary of the history of foil itself.
A detailed listing of known examples of early tinfoil
recordings, and the tantalizing possibility that these long-lost sounds might be
restored by computer imaging and manipulation.
--HOW TO MAKE TINFOIL
Instructions and helpful hints about the art of recording on
tinfoil, based on years of experimentation with a variety of different types of machines.
TO MAKE A TINFOIL PHONOGRAPH
Blueprints and instructions for making your
own replica of the original Edison prototype and other tinfoil machines.
SPEAKING PHONOGRAPH CO. ROYALTY RECORDS
A roster of sales of Edison tinfoil
phonographs from 1878-1880
TINFOIL PHONOGRAPHS by René Rondeau
A comprehensive history of the tinfoil phonograph
High quality softbound, 11" x 8-1/2", 168 pages, profusely illustrated
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