of the Phonograph
Menlo Park laboratory has been reconstructed at Henry Ford's Greenfield
Village. On the second floor of that laboratory the Phonograph first
repeated back Edison's recorded words "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Above is an exact replica of Edison's original tinfoil playing
Phonograph in the Edison laboratory at Greenfield village. Photos
are courtesy of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield
1980 friends and family have celebrated the Phonograph's birthday.
In the 1980's the Oakland-Emeryville-Berkeley group of friends celebrated
its birthday with food and artistry inspired by the phonograph.
Creations such as cakes and cookies shaped like phonograph records,
phonograph inspired pottery and glass records, a tapestry and needlepoint
sampler, and other unique presentations have highlighted birthday
the years phonograph birthday venues and menus have varied. But
consistently friends have enjoyed the event and it has always included
a singing of "Happy Birthday to the Phonograph."
and James, circa 1979
for 1981 Birthday Party
Besides the traditional alphabet, Kathy Aiken's sampler features
the first four lines of the nursery rhymn "Mary Had a Little Lamb",
said to be the first words spoken by Edison's tin-foil Phonograph
on December 6, 1877.
Sign for 1988 Birthday Party
wooden sign was created by two charter members of the original Friends
of Phonography. Despite a revision to the name this sign continues
to be annually hung at Friends of the Phonograph birthday
parties. Thanks Debbie and Joellen for your artistic work!
record for 1990
and Betty Boilesen presented a framed Victor record of James Whitcomb
Riley reciting his poem "Out to Old Aunt Mary's" for the
1990 Birthday party. You can listen to Harry E. Humphrey performing
Riley's poem on an Edison Blue
Amberol record 2539 released in March 1915. Humphrey's voice
is much clearer than the Victor record made by Riley who was declining
and would pass in 1916.
Phonograph Birthday Cake
Birthday - A Celebration
With morning-glory horn in hand the message "Remember the Phonograph!"
was trumpeted on the Black Rock Desert in 1990. Hopefully Friends
of the Phonograph annually are proclaiming that same message.
It's a revolution still turning.
Edison Phonograph Birthday Party Photo Album
original "Friends" sign is still hung outside our
house each December 6th. Inside, the Phonograph Holiday Tree
is annually displayed.
the day is cold and dreary,
the day is warm and cheery,
you want a hearty laugh,
the Edison Phonograph.
"Wizard" has invented many things;
my favorite invention is the one that sings.
can also talk and whistle and laugh --
wonderful Edison Phonograph.
Evening Star jingle competition entry as reported by the Edison
Phonograph Monthly, December 1907
Friends of the Phonograph