Essay about Invention of the Phonograph

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Invention of the Phonograph The idea of the phonograph came from the man who invented the light bulb. Thomas Alva Edison is one of the greatest inventors of all time decided to create this invention. In 1877, Edison was working on a machine that would decipher telegraphic messages to paper tape. He used a diaphragm with an embossing point. This would be held onto a moving paraffin paper. Thus when spoken into it, the vibrations made indentations on it. Edison decided to change the idea by using a tin foil wrapped metal cylinder instead of the paper. The final cylinder phonograph had 2 diaphragm and needle units. One would be for recording date and the other would be for playing it. For the machine to work, one would have to speak…show more content…
This new machine was now called the graphophone. Bell and Tainter’s representatives approached Edison for the collaboration, Edison refused because at the time he had received success for creating the incandescent light bulb. From this success, he could now work on his cylinder phonograph. His new model was very close to Bell and Tainter’s modifications and it was reintroduced as the “The New Phonograph.” With that Edison formed the Edison Phonograph Company to manufacture the product that used wax cylinders made of ceresin, beeswax, and stearic wax. A businessman by the name Jesse Liponcott had taken control of all phonograph companies by becoming the only licensee of the American Graphophone Company and also by purchasing the Edison Phonograph Company in 1888. From here Liponcott started the North American Phonograph Company. He felt that phonographs would prove to be useful for business aspects like dictation. Yet in 1890, Liponcott grew ill and lost control of the North American Phonograph Company to Edison who was its creditor. Edison then declared bankruptcy for the North American Phonograph Company so he could buy back the rights to his invention. Though the bankruptcy agreement didn’t allow Edison to sell phonographs for a short period of time, Edison was ready to unveil a newly modified Spring Motor Phonograph. Then in 1896, Edison started the National Phonograph Company. This new company helped release and manufacture the
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