Sound Recording, Edison, Tin Foil

This is a recording on a strip of tinfoil made on an Edison phonograph. The recording date is unknown. According to a letter in the accession file, Edison recalled lending a phonograph to the donor’s uncle in 1878. The donor’s uncle was, most likely, Dr. John Call Dalton, a prominent physiologist at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, whom Edison consulted about his growing deafness in March 1878.
Sound was recovered from this recording in 2013. Content on sound file is an indistinct male voice talking. Possibly “…"John A Sutherland[?]" and " Charles H. Dalton [?]” and “Yours truly [?]."
Edison Papers, 03/02/1878 John Call Dalton to Thomas Edison
Object Name
tin foil recording
tin foil phonograph record
Edison tin foil phonograph record
phonorecord, tin foil
Tin foil sound recording
Edison, Thomas A.
Physical Description
tinfoil (overall material)
overall - tin foil: 18 in x 2 1/8 in; 45.72 cm x 5.3975 cm
overall - mounting: 19 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 50.165 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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