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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
Website:  http://www.nps.gov/edis

Program announcement: 
http://www.nps.gov/edis/learn/news/sound-of-edison-talking-doll.htm