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Phonograph Advertising Postcards

The phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877 and was the first device able to reproduce recorded sound. Advertisers exploited the early 20th-century craze for postcards and many different industries used postcards to influence and entice consumers. This example, showing an Edison cylinder phonograph, highlights the major benefit of owning one - enjoying recorded music in your own home.

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Inventory No. 13937, "Print, Advertising Card for the Edison Phonograph, c.1905" [1983-12]