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Early Edison Talking Doll Recording Discovered

Edison National Historic Site

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On July 6th, the National Park Service released online what historians believe is the earliest surviving talking doll recording. Phonograph inventor Thomas Edison made the recording during the fall or winter of 1888, capturing the sound of a woman’s voice on a ring-shaped cylinder phonograph record made of solid metal.  On May 11, 2011, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California recovered sound from the 123-year-old artifact which has been preserved at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. On the recording, an unidentified woman recites one verse of the nursery rhyme “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”.  The recording has not been heard since Edison’s lifetime.  The online news magazine ScienceNOW covered the story



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