On this Day Factola

January 30, 1878

Edison signs agreement for Phonograph to be developed as a Business Machine


On this day Edison signed an agreement for commercial exploitation of the phonograph in the United States.

This photograph shows a Congressional Reporter using a cylinder dictating machine, in its role as a business machine, to transcribe records (from the Library of Congress, circa 1908).

LC-USZ62-70786 (b&w film copy neg.)





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