The Sound of Edison’s Talking Doll - Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Thomas Edison National Historical Park welcomes Joan and Robin Rolfs,
authors of the book “Phonograph Dolls and Toys”, for a 90-minute program
exploring the history and sounds of Edison’s “Talking Doll” invention of
1888-1890. Robin Rolfs will describe the technology of the Talking
Doll. Joan Rolfs will illustrate the dolls used by Edison. And TENHP
Curator Jerry Fabris will play rare sounds recovered from doll
phonograph cylinders. A commercial failure for Edison in 1890, the
Talking Doll nevertheless marked the first occasion on which recorded
sound technology was marketed for home entertainment use.
Reservations required: Call 973-736-0550, ext. 89.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
211 Main Street
West Orange, New Jersey 07052