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

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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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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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