On November 21st 1877, the American inventor invented the phonograph, a machine designed to record and play sound.
Edison stumbled on this invention while he was working on a method to record telephone communication at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. He experimented with a stylus on metallic cylinder, which, to his surprise, played back the short song he had recorded, "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB".
Edison then began to work on the light bulb, and other inventors worked to improve the phonograph. In 1887, Edison resumed work on the recording device again. The phonograph proved to be a popular tool for entertainment, and in 1906 Edison unveiled a series of musical and theatrical selections to the public through his National Phonograph Company.
During the 1920s, the early record business suffered because of the growing popularity of radio, and in 1929 recording production at Edison ceased forever. Edison, who acquired an astounding 1,093 patents in his 84 years, died in 1931.
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