I think the device in question would be an Edison cylinder dictation machine. This was the original
intended use for the phonograph. I found this image using Google image search:
Note the earphones on the table to the right and forward. That could be described as a forked metal
I'm way out on thin ice with this so some of the Edison experts on this list might shoot this theory
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Andrew Elfenbein" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 8:07 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Dracula query
>I am an English professor working on a new edition of Bram Stoker's _Dracula_ (1897), and I have a
>query about the phonograph on which Dr. Seward keeps his audio diary. At a critical point in the
>plot, he shares it with Mina Harker, who writes about the experience:
> He placed me in a comfortable chair, and arranged the phonograph so that I could touch it
> without getting up, and showed me how to stop it in case I should want to pause . . . I put
> the forked metal to my ears and listened.
> My query involves the "forked metal": what is Mina describing? Can anyone recommend a picture of
> the device to which she is referring?
> I appreciate any help that the group might be able to provide.
> Andrew Elfenbein
> Department of English
> University of Minnesota--Twin Cities