I second the motion.
2009/10/10 Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> 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 device.
> I'm way out on thin ice with this so some of the Edison experts on this
> list might shoot this theory down!
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Elfenbein" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> 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
>> 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
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