— Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative —

1847 - 1931

The Old Gent

Thomas A. Edison at age 14 (left), age 31 soon after he invented the phonograph (center), and in his later years (right).
Photos credit 1.

Click on the image to the right to see a clip from the movie Edison, the Man (1940, starring Spencer Tracy as Edison) showing Edison's invention of the phonograph.

Phonograph enthusiasts will note that the phonograph shown in the clip is not the original-style phonograph from November 1877, but the more refined Brady-type developed in early 1878!

Click here to see a full-page color illustration from Harper's Weekly of 1878 announcing Edison's new invention.

Edison's invention of the phonograph
  Realvideo movie clip
(non-streaming for uninterrupted playback).


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