The Edison cylinder dictation machines were still being used in the 60s and 70s by some local and 
state government agencies. I know of a machine that was finally retired from service in a Maryland 
government agency in the 1980s.

-- Tom Fine

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From: "Alex McGehee" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Smithsonian article on Edison and phonography impact on culture

And Edison really thought his new machine would be confined to secretaries as a dictation aid. He 
wasn't keen on its phonographic uses until very late in the game, but he stuck with it once he saw 
the possibilities.

Alex McGehee

On Feb 10, 2016, at 12:54 PM, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Enjoyable article on the social aspects of phonography, but, as you must
> have noticed, laden with technical errors. But then so is the Wiki.
> clark
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 7:12 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: