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Super creepy and yet super cool. What do you think would you want one of these in your house?
Talking dolls are spooky, but perhaps none more so than the ones created by the Thomas Edison Company over a century ago.
In the late 1880s, Thomas Edison and h...is collaborators created the world's first talking doll, and you can see one now at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's new permanent exhibition "American Enterprise."
The doll proved to be one of Edison's commercial failures. They were expensive, hard to understand, and fairly fragile. After losing money on the invention, Edison called the dolls his “little monsters.”
The story behind this doll is Smithsonian Magazine article, "The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Doll," which you can read online at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/epic-failure-thomas-edison…/ -- and hear the dolls' recordings fully and eerily restored. You can read more about the history of Edison Talking Doll Recordings, 1888-1890 that is on the website of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/…/edison-talking-doll-recordings-1888-18….
Assisting in telling the story of the Edison talking doll were the staff of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project (http://edison.rutgers.edu/index.htm) at Rutgers University, one of the most ambitious editing projects ever undertaken by an American university. For decades, the 5 million pages of documents that chronicle the extraordinary life and achievements of Thomas Alva Edison remained hidden and inaccessible to members of the general public. Since the massive project began in 1978, a team of editors/scholars has been turning this incomparable trove of Edisonia into a premier educational resource, with the assistance of grants from the NHPRC.
To access the Finding Aid and digitized image of the Document File Series -- 1889: (D-89-64) Phonograph -- Talking Doll
[D8964], go to http://edison.rutgers.edu/NamesSearch/glocpage.php3…&.
This folder contains correspondence, reports, and other documents concerning the manufacture and promotion of Edison's talking doll. Many of the documents pertain to the organization and management of the Edison Phonograph Toy Manufacturing Co. Included also are letters requesting dolls or asking for information about them.
Image from the National Park Service of Edison Talking Doll Credit: Joan & Robin Rolfs
Check out this guest post I wrote for The NextGen Genealogy Network over on their blog all about holding a successful oral history interview.