Phonograph Records from Beginning to End (almost)

Phonograph Record Technologies from their invention to the death of 78-rpm records Before the Phonograph There was sound recording before the phonograph, but not sound reproduction. In 1856 or ’57, years before the invention of the phonograph, French inventor Leon Scot demonstrated the Phonoautograph system for recording sounds. It used a diaphragm sensitive enough to … Read morePhonograph Records from Beginning to End (almost)

Origins of the Answering Machine

The answering machine has been with us since the late 19th century, although it did not become popular until the 1980s. For a brief business history of the answering machine industry, click here, otherwise, continue reading to find out about early answering machine technology. In 1878, shortly after inventing his phonograph, Thomas Edison created a … Read moreOrigins of the Answering Machine

History of Surveillance Recording

Today the issues of privacy, identity theft, and surveillance are always in the news, but the current “surveillance society” has been developing for many decades, aided by new technologies. Wiretapping, for example, began as early as the U.S. Civil War, when both sides tapped into the other force’s telegraph lines and simply copied down the … Read moreHistory of Surveillance Recording