It is as sprawling and mighty as the story of Thomas Alva Edison, whose estate it decorates. The tree came to the inventor’s Fort Myers winter home in , a four-foot Ficus benghalenis producing white sap that Edison and his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone hoped to use in making natural rubber. The banyan was not the answer. But it remained, growing to an acre in diameter, and becoming one of more than 1, plants from around the world ornamenting 25 acres dedicated mostly to the man who invented the electric light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture. Fifteen historic buildings stand in graceful restorative pose, including the Edisons’ home and guest house, a botanic research laboratory, an artesian-fed swimming pool dating to , and Ford’s winter home. The combined Edison and Ford estates , museum, laboratory, and shops are open days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The botanical specimens, many of them labeled for easy identification, offer shade for strollers – and sometimes a touch of the exotic.
Listen to Thomas Edison’s recording of Otto von Bismarck in 1889
Monaural[ edit ] Home audio dates back before electricity, to Edison’s phonograph , a monaural , low fidelity sound reproduction format. Early electrical phonographs as well as many other audio formats started out as monaural formats. Stereo[ edit ] Stereophonic sound was invented as a means of creating a sound stage, a more realistic reproduction of the sound as recorded live.
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Dave’s Hobby – Antique Radios Dave’s hobby is collecting and restoring antique radios. This page represents the approximate state of the collection prior to consignment of most items to Estes Auctions of Ohio in late At that time, the collection consisted of around sets, dating from to as late as the ‘s. Most of them were restored and working. A few favorite sets were kept. My Antique Radio Restoration Logs In addition to the radios and TVs, there were also antique slot machines and clocks previous hobbies.
Battery and Early AC sets. Three Crosley Repwood cabinet sets, top shelf right side models 54, 28, The phonographs on the top left are both battery operated portables with crank phonos Philco and Northern Electric Canada B The bottom two shelves are battery and early AC sets. The smaller table models are early 30’s “Depression” sets.
Vintage radio parts and service restoration of antique radio and other vintage electronics from ‘s to ‘s. Over 2, , parts in stock. Located in southern Illinois. In business since Call or Email:
Clarence Mackay formed Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co. Radio’s Connection to Nevada History and the Comstock. to Present. John W. Mackay is best known in Nevada as one of the “Big Four” of the Comstock, the mining district located in Virginia City, Nevada.
Introduction Antique phonographs are fun, functional machines! Are you thinking of starting a phonograph collection? Did you just find one at a shop, online, or in your garage, and are trying to make sense of what it is? Have you had one in your home for some time and trying to learn more about it? This guide is intended as advice to those building a collection and looking for straightforward tips on how to judge the quality of an antique musical machine for the most value and enjoyment.
My suggestions are focused on phonographs from the acoustic era: Electric phonographs and modern wind-up reproduction phonographs are beyond the scope of this advice. Many individuals wish to acquire a phonograph in order to use it, meaning for playing actual vintage records. Others collect one or more phonographs as vintage decorative items.
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We have vintage light bulbs and lighting fixtures here from Thomas Edison’s day. There are some early tubes and transistor radios too. There is a telegraph printer and a small collection of very scarce Berliner records from the late ‘s and early ‘s. Emile Berliner was the inventor of the disc record 78 rpm and the gramophone lateral disc record player.
You can also see attractive needle tins and phonograph accessories including an original ‘s paper mache “Nipper” – the famous dog that listens to “His Master’s Voice”. We have 2-minute and 4-minute cylinders recorded during the period from through the late ‘s.
The original Edison patent for the process of recording and playing back sound was issued in , and although a small number of phonographs for exhibition and home use were made during the late s and s, it wasn’t until the late s that Edison turned his attention to perfecting the phonograph.
Added tje logbook issue. It is listed in the left-hand margin. Added June and July of Added 48 issues fron the 80’s and 90’s, including two of the “Best of Audio” editions. Also added the three missing issues from , completing that year. Added all four quarterly issues from , , and Added April and May of Added the Fall, issue with a complete list of North American radio stations by city and state, frequency and by call letters. Added March, to the collection of Hugo Gernsback’s futurustic and scientific magazine, previously called “Electrical Experimenter”.
One article features how tornadoes are created for movies in the early 20’s. Added June 1, and June 1 and Oct 1 of Added Jan, , December and fixed several linking issues. Added a variety of issues of this Caanadian broadcast industry magazine. Or that in the Distilled Spirits Institute prohibited members advertising on the radio! Added an early copy of this publication of frequency monitoring service Commercial Radio Equipment Company.
Thomas A. Edison Papers
Automobile Lansden Company This company was formed in Newark, New Jersey on April 24, , to manufacture and market electric vehicles. Edison acquired a controlling interest in September He sold his interest to John M. Mack in , and the company went into receivership shortly afterwards. Gladstone and Eben G. Dodge to manufacture and sell primary batteries.
Berliner Gramophone: Berliner, Emil: An improved version of the Gramophone, a talking machine invented by Emil Berliner () in , and made since using a patented hard rubber disc, was introduced by Berliner’s US Gramophone Company.
The efforts to capture the fleeting sounds of music have followed two basic methods: The former—musical notation—matured earlier, and in one form or another it virtually monopolized the recording of music for centuries; the latter had to await the emergence of technology for its development. In notation, symbols are written down as a message to a trained performing musician who understands them and reinterprets them into sound.
Signals, on the other hand—being direct physical impressions of, and potential stimuli to, sounds—bypass the performer in their reproduction and, in some electronic compositions , even in their recording. This article concerns itself solely with the latter, nonsymbolic, method. For information on the former method see notation. Types of reproduction The physical reproduction of music has been accomplished in three major ways, which can be designated the mechanical, the acoustical, and the electrical.
In the mechanical, an automatic instrument, such as the barrel organ , plays music that has been built, or programmed, into the mechanism by the designer; the resulting sound is that of the apparatus. In the acoustical and electrical methods of reproduction, sonic vibrations themselves are captured in performance and reproduced—by purely mechanical means in the acoustical method and by the use of vacuum tubes, transistors, and other such devices in the electrical.
In both cases, the resulting sound is expected to be that of the independent performance. Until the end of the 19th century, music was reproduced primarily by means of the mechanical method. There are reports of other methods, probably based on the action of wind or forced air, dating as far back as about bc, in the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt , when a colossal statue of the god Memnon at Thebes made some sort of sounds to greet his mother, the goddess of the dawn.
Toppled by an earthquake in the year 27, the statue seems to have lost this ability upon reconstruction.
The North American Phonograph Company, which had been formed in , rather rapidly went into bankruptcy and was dissolved at the end of In anticipation of the big sales that never came, Edison had produced a considerable number of battery-driven “Class M” Phonographs. In their original electric-powered forms many remained unsold, and were coupled with the spring motors that began to be offered by firms such the Chicago Talking Machine Company and the American Graphophone Company Columbia , around The inventor himself had been involved in various legal wrangling and had not paid attention to how his rivals were getting the jump on him.
Dave’s Hobby – Antique Radios. Dave’s hobby is collecting and restoring antique radios. This page represents the approximate state of the collection prior to consignment of most items to Estes Auctions of Ohio in late
Development[ edit ] Sheet of images from one of the three Monkeyshines films ca. On February 25, , in Kaust, Kentucky , Muybridge gave a lecture that may have included a demonstration of his zoopraxiscope , a device that projected sequential images drawn around the edge of a glass disc, producing the illusion of motion.
The Edison facility was very close by, and the lecture was possibly attended by both Edison and his company’s official photographer, William Dickson. Two days later, Muybridge and Edison met at Edison’s laboratory in West Orange ; Muybridge later described how he proposed a collaboration to join his device with the Edison phonograph—a combination system that would play sound and images concurrently.
Patent Office announcing his plans to create a device that would do “for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear”. It is clear that it was intended as part of a complete audiovisual system: Edison would take full credit for the invention, but the historiographical consensus is that the title of creator can hardly go to one man: While Edison seems to have conceived the idea and initiated the experiments, Dickson apparently performed the bulk of the experimentation, leading most modern scholars to assign Dickson with the major credit for turning the concept into a practical reality.
The Edison laboratory, though, worked as a collaborative organization. Laboratory assistants were assigned to work on many projects while Edison supervised and involved himself and participated to varying degrees. Around June , the lab began working with sensitized celluloid sheets, supplied by John Carbutt, that could be wrapped around the cylinder, providing a far superior base for the recording of photographs.
Dave’s Hobby – Antique Radios
Establishment by General Electric[ edit ] Company logo in stressed its leadership in international communication. In , the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company, Limited, was founded in London to promote the radio then known as “wireless telegraphy” inventions of Guglielmo Marconi. As part of a worldwide expansion, in American Marconi was organized as a subsidiary company, holding the rights to the use the Marconi patents in the United States and Cuba. With the entry of the United States into World War One in April , most civilian radio stations were taken over by government, to be used for the war effort.
Although the overall U.
Cylinder machines of the late s and the s were usually sold with recording attachments. The ability to record as well as play back sound was an advantage of cylinder phonographs over the competition from cheaper disc record phonographs which began to be mass-marketed at the end of the s, as the disc system machines can be used only to play back prerecorded sound.
American made gilt metal mantel clock patterned after French Rococo clocks. Eight day movement with Produced in the ‘s, this clock is This stout longcase Grandfather clock dates to the art deco period. Beautiful walnut cabinet with dark burnished edges. Here is a very minimalist German 2 weight wall clock. It dates to Very rare speakers from the early ‘s. Produced in Califoria by Design Acoustics, the model They date from the years before
Notes The name of one man, Emile Berliner, is outstanding in the industrial milieu at the end of the 19th century,” unequivocally states the Museum Phonographen Grammophone in a biographical note about Berliner. Every home business and institution in the world depends upon innovations wrought by Emile Berliner. His contributions to public health won national recognition.
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Tuesday 1 December Out on the street you know! Wearing a pair of headphones outdoors was no longer the preserve of people trying to find Roman coins in fields while waving metal detectors. It suddenly stopped being a bit weird. Portable music had arrived, and headphones were the medium by which we accessed it. For 30 years or so, that’s the way it stayed.
Headphones were merely functional items; you popped them on or in your ears and they piped in music from a 3. Then, almost without warning, they became big business.