1877 December 14
Punch's Almanack for 1878: Predictions for the telephone 4
By the Telephone Sound is converted into Electricity, and then by completing the circuit, back into sound again. Jones converts all the pretty Music he hears during the Season into Electricity, bottles it and pops it away in Bins for his Winter Parties. All he has to do, when his guests arrive, is to select, uncork, and then complete the Circuit. And there you are!
At least two of the names that can be made out on the bins—Adelina Patti and Charles Santley—did in fact live on to be immortalised in the gramophone age. When Emile Berliner demonstrated the gramophone to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on 16 May 1888, he specifically mentioned Patti in the context of the vast musical heritage that his invention would allow to be passed on from generation to generation.
Source: Roland Gellatt: The Fabulous Phonograph
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