What are Phonographia?

Phonographia are all things connected with the legacy of the Phonograph.

Talking machines, art, ephemera, factolas, memorabilia, records, stories - whatever contributes to the collective memory of the Phonograph is Phonographia. (1)


Remember the Phonograph!

DB on the Black Rock Desert celebrating the Phonograph

Trumpeting the Revolution! (2)


With the completion of the Phonograph on December 6, 1877 the revolution of recorded sound began -- a social, cultural and literal revolution in rpms.

Sound recording was actually invented twice. But it was Thomas Alva Edison and his head machinist, John Kruesi, who first successfully captured the human voice and played it back on Edison's "Talking Phonograph." (3)

This site celebrates the phonograph up to the present day as the phonograph revolution is a continuum. Ephemeral sound was captured and replayed in 1877 and we still do it today.

Visit Phonographia galleries Friends of the Phonograph, PhonoArt, and Factolas to see a variety of phonograph connections that have contributed to each period's popular culture.















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