Actually the first sound recording ever made used paper tape - I think the
same type used as "ticker-tape," After this experiment, reported in an
article in the Scientific American, Edison substituted the tin-foil
Edison wanted to develop a telephone repeater analogous to a telegraph
repeater. One could (just about) say that Edison set out to develop the
telephone answering machine and was then faced with the necessity of
inventing the tape recorder as well.
The details are to be found in From Tinfoil to Stereo and elsewhere.
I am not aware of further work on a purely mechanical tape recorder.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 5:19 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] paper/cardboard records/paper tape
> If you're talking about actual paper-based audiotape, that was produced
> for MANY years, and the original tape used by German Radio in the 1930s
> was paper based. We bought our first tape recorder in 1950 and fed it
> Scotch 100 and 101 and an equivalent brand of AudioTape (1221?) for 4 or 5
> Dan Nelson wrote:
>> Does 1/4" craft paper tape coated with magnetic
>> particles count as a paper recording medium ?
>> Yea in the late 40s there were attempts to produce
>> mag tape on a paper back.
>> Almost as bad as the company in Los Angeles in the
>> early 50s who used cellophane Mothers Cookies over
>> run web stock and reslit it to 1/4" tape brown oxide
>> on one side and purple printing on the other, it was
>> quite a laugh. dnw
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