National Museum of American History
Gateway to American Culture
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.