This Day in History – July 18th, 1877

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In the 1830’s and 1840’s the invention of the telegraph was being developed and in 1844 Samuel F. B. Morse electrically transmitted his famous message “What hath God wrought?” from Washington to Baltimore. 35 years later Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you.” But was a year after that, on July 18th, 1877, when Thomas Edison made the first recording of the human voice.

While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison’s phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds. 

 

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