New York Times - May 4, 2015
Ghostly Voices from Thomas Edison's Dolls Can Now Be Heard!

Using the new IRENE technology, NEDCC recently helped recover sound from some of Thomas Edison's early experimental 'Talking Dolls.'

"In 1890, Edison's dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly. Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world's first recording artists."   - Ron Cowen, New York Times, May 4, 2015

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