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06/12/1877 The first human voice recording

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Thomas A. Edison - Mary had a little lamb

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edison 1878 tin foil phonograph / first recording

American inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated his first audio recorder, the phonograph, at his laboratory in Menlo Park. He recited a nursery rhyme called Mary had a Little Lamb. It was the first recording of a human voice or first preserved. Edison recorded the word “Hello” in July 1876. But this recording did not survive.
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    • Phonograph