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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and known as the Wizard of Menlo Park. Edison’s favorite invention was the phonograph. In 1877, he created a way to record sound on tinfoil cylinders by using two needles, one for recording and one for playback. The first words that Edison recorded were “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Ten years later, in 1887, Edison formed the Edison Phonograph Company to sell the phonograph to the public. This marked the beginning of the sound recording industry. The first records sold by the Edison and Columbia Phonograph Companies were on wax cylinders. These were brittle and broke easily. Columbia ceased production of wax cylinders in 1909 when discs became popular. The Edison National Phonograph Company continued making cylinders and discs until 1929.

Nikon D5000 18-55mm for the shot.

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  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaalmost 3 years ago

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    Please leave a comment to a few fellow artists in this feature!

    Wonderful Image! Orange & Brown Theme 09/14/2011!

  • Thank You Deborah! So exciting to be featured in The Group. Hugz

    – Carmen Holly

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthalmost 3 years ago

    Godd looking work Carmen

  • Thank You Larry. A simple shot but the old records are cool. Now if I can get as good a shot of the player….

    – Carmen Holly

  • BK Photography
    BK Photographyalmost 3 years ago

    I have almost the same “records”
    Thank you for reminding me……… great capture :)

  • Thank You Big Keg.. now you get a shot of yours. They are just too cool to see & listen to.
    Looking forward to seeing yours.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Johanna26
    Johanna26almost 3 years ago

    How interesting Carmen .. and a terrific shot …

  • Thank You Johanna!

    – Carmen Holly

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenalmost 3 years ago

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  • Thank YOU so much for the Feature in HQI! Always such an honor to be Featured in your Group.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Barbara  Glover
    Barbara Gloveralmost 3 years ago

    This is great. Love it.

  • Thank YOU so much Barbara.

    – Carmen Holly

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7almost 3 years ago

    Hey Carmen, superb image and like the treatment you gave it. Also, congratulations on its worthy features in HQI and The Group. The latter has my curiosity. What’s the scoop on that group? Oh yeah…it’s also worthy of a Supremo Fave. Hugz, ♥Ron♥

  • Thanks so much Ron! The Group is by invite. Rules state for art that is beyond normal & mundane.
    There is some great works accepted there. Always interesting to view the Features & submissions.
    Hugz for the Faving my Friend. When I get time..I will shoot the cool player that plays these records.

    – Carmen Holly

  • marjas
    marjasalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank YOU for the Feature! Wonderful surprise. Hugz

    – Carmen Holly

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank You so much Robyn for the Feature. Sorry I am a little late to reply.. no computer time lately.
    HugZ for liking this one & the Feature of it.

    – Carmen Holly

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image, Carmen! Love the lighting on these vintage cylinder cases!

  • Thank YOU so much. I will soon get a shot of the player.. hope I capture it as well.

    – Carmen Holly

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