For First Time, We Can Hear Alexander Graham Bell
Smithsonian releases newly restored recording from 1885
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Smithsonian has released a nifty video that allows us to hear the voice of Alexander Graham Bell for the first time, reports the Verge. "Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell," the inventor says in the recording, made in 1885 at his lab in DC. The wax disc had been in storage for more than a century, but it wasn't until researchers developed new audio-recovery technology that Bell's voice could be heard. In the recording, he spends most of the time reciting numbers. See his own transcript via the Smithsonian here.

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Grandpa_Timbo
Apr 26, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
Who gives a shit after the way that Edison screwed over people, especially Nicolai Tesla, claiming their inventions and technological developments as his own, his fight against AC vs DC power and macabre show of electrocuting an elephant to bolster his false claims regarding AC power. The myth and the actuality of Edison are quite different.
Martin52
Apr 26, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
Very nice! You can actually hear the Scottish accent coming through!
Tology
Apr 26, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
Thank God for modern technology, could you imagine listening to your favorite music on wax disc format?