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Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry

provides a selection of more than 500 letters, lectures, photos, articles, and sound recordings related to the birth of the recording industry. Hear auctioneers, animal calls, musical instruments, and Native American songs, Italian songs, Swedish songs, and more. Berliner (1851-1929), an immigrant and largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

In his small house in Washington, Berliner began working on additional improvements to Bell's telephone, selling the rights to his patents to the telephone company. Among his other inventions were floor covering, acoustic tile, and the helicopter and the internal combustion engine.
Gramophone with cylindrical base and Nipper, from the Window display of the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. Toronto

Nipper

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