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Recording and Playing Machines

Since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, innovators have continued to develop new technologies for recording and playing sound. In this Europeana exhibition, visitors can learn more about "machines that illustrate a wide range of techniques and technologies" for doing so. This diverse collection includes contributions from nine different institutions across Europe, including the British Library and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Visitors can explore these items via five themes: Wax Cylinder & Discs, Shellac & Vinyl Discs, Magnetic & Digital Medium, Radio Set & Receivers, and Player Piano. Within each theme, visitors can examine photographs of instruments both familiar and obscure, accompanied by information about the instrumen's history, design, and utility. For example, visitors can check out a 1959 EMI Dictating Machine, a 1925 Player Piano (accompanied by an audio recording), and a 1927 Edison Bell gramophone designed for children.
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