Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Dolby Gateway to American Culture

Washington, D.C.

Memories of the Phonograph




The first display is "America’s Listening," which focuses on the public’s experience with recorded sound, including five of the innovations that kept them listening: Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bells graphophone, Emile Berliner’s gramophone, Ray Dolby’s noise reduction system and Apple’s iPod.

This display leads to the Culture Wing’s landmark object—a 14-foot stained-glass window, one of four that originally graced the tower of the Victor Company’s headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. Its image of "Nipper," the dog listening to his master’s recorded voice, became the Recording Corporation of America’s trademark image.