[Dixielandjazz] Who can spot the flaw in this story?
lherault at bu.edu
Fri Jul 23 18:32:46 PDT 2004
The recordings connected with Lincoln are probably tracings in carbon
black either on paper or maybe a glass cylinder. Prior to Edison's
invention, researchers investigating sound and hearing developed devices
to record vibrations in a visual way.
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of David
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Who can spot the flaw in this story?
Ken and Bill both get the prize but at first it made me wonder if
there was some other unknown inventor who did record Lincoln?
this was towards the bottom of the article:
> Unconfirmed rumours abound that Abraham Lincoln even made a recording
> during the Civil War in 1863.
On Jul 23, 2004, at 4:56 PM, Bill Gunter wrote:
> Dave Richoux asks:
>> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Who can spot the flaw in this story?
> The story begins: "Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, Florence
> Nightingale and other characters from history may soon be able to
> speak again, as scientists perfect techniques to recover the sound
> from recordings that are far too delicate to be played."
> Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
> Edison's Biography says: "In 1877, Edison invented the carbon-button
> transmitter that is still used in telephone speakers and microphones.
> In December of the same year, he unveiled the tinfoil phonograph. (It
> was 10 years before the phonograph was available as a commercial
> product). In the late 1870s, backed by leading financiers including
> J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts, Edison established the Edison
> Electric Light Company."
> It would be some trick for Lincoln to record anything on a device that
> wasn't invented until 12 years after his death.
> Bill Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
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