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Phonographia are connections with the Phonograph.

With the completion of Edison's Phonograph at his Menlo Park Laboratory on December 6, 1877 sound for the first time was captured and played back. Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville had recorded sound in 1857 with his Phonautograph but Scott did not conceive or design his machine to speak back the recordings. (2)

Scientific American's article titled "The Talking Phonograph," which was written after witnessing its first public demonstration on December 7, 1877, could be called the official announcement of the revolution of recorded sound. The social and cultural changes this machine would create were a number of years away but its wonder was immediate and the human perception of ephemeral sound would never be the same. As Scientific American observed: "it is impossible to listen to the mechanical speech without his experiencing the idea that his senses are deceiving him."

The galleries of Phonographia.com contain phonograph related images which are the focal points of innumerable popular culture connections.

Those images are also storytellers.

Examples of phonograph connections and its evolution from 1877 to present day are found in the Phonographia's PhonoArt, PhonoAds, Factolas, Friends of the Phonograph and PhonoMultimedia galleries.







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