From Tinfoil to Stereo: The Acoustic Years of the Recording Industry, 1877-1929

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University Press of Florida, 1994 - Music - 212 pages
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 Since its first publication in 1959, From Tinfoil to Stereo has been regarded as the bible of record and phonograph collectors.  It investigates the individuals, the companies, and the legal machinations that led to virtually every major development in the talking machine industry, up to the installation of sound on Hollywood stages and in movie theaters across the country.
 
This edition contains many new photographs, most taken between 1888 and 1912, that have never appeared in any publication.
  

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Contents

The North American Phonograph Company
19
The Edison TalkingDoll Phonograph
47
The Bettini Story
61
The Celluloid Cylinder and Molding Patents
80
Advent of the Discs
96
The International Situation 103
118
InternalHorn Talking Machines and the Phonograph
127
ToneTest Reverberations and the VerticalCut Bandwagon
150
Notes
177
Bibliography
191
Index
205
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About the author (1994)

Walter L. Welch was curator and director of the Diane and Arthur B. Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive and of its forerunner, the Thomas A. Edison Rerecording Laboratory, at Syracuse University.  Among his honors are awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and from the Audio Engineering Society.

Leah Brodbeck Stenzel Burt, retired curator of the Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, New Jersey, is the author of prizewinning articles on phonograph history.

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