Connections for Phonographians
has three sites that celebrate the Phonograph and its legacy.
of the Phonograph
Revolution of Sound
With the completion
of the Phonograph on December 6,
1877 the revolution of sound began, culturally and in rpms.
Edison and his head machinist, John Kruesi, had successfully captured
the human voice and played it back on Edison's "Talking Phonograph".
Phonographia are objects
and images that contribute to our memory of the Phonograph.
Phonographia are found
in art, advertisements, literature, photographs, movies, greeting
cards, postcards, cartoons and other popular culture formats.
Each example of Phonographia
is a connection and a sign-post for remembering the Phonograph.
Dreams of Long Ago, Norman Rockwell,
cover of Saturday Evening Post, August 13, 1927
Phonographians are Friends
of the Phonograph who find and enjoy all connections to the Phonograph.
The revolution that began
with the Phonograph is a continuum.
We still have record players.
We have more recorded sound
now than at any time in history and this 'library' continues to grow.
And a phonograph record
(the "Golden Record") is still travelling with the Voyager
spacecrafts into interstellar space (over 12 billion miles from Earth).
Go to the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website to see real-time numbers of
how far Voyagers 1 and 2 currently are from Earth. (There is also
a link on that site about the "Golden Record").
Next time you hear recorded
sound remember that it all began with the Phonograph.
(1) "The Talking Phonograph", Scientific American,
December 22, 1877.