August 12, 2012 - Vinyl Record Day

Ladies and gentlemen, ready your turntables! Get out your LPs! Place your needles to vinyl...and listen!

On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph.

Thomas Edison's phonograph cylinder was the first invention that could record and play back sounds. Note that Edison didn't invent vinyl records. But his cylinder-based phonographs were a major consumer item from the 1880s until around 1910, when gramophone discs or records overtook them. Early discs/records were made of lacquer, by the way; vinyl records weren't developed until 1948. Still, vinyl records are clear successors of Edison's invention, and are accessible to many of us today. For these reasons, somebody (I have no idea who) has declared today to be Vinyl Record Day.

Celebrate the day by listening to music on vinyl, if you can!

  • Check out this YouTube video of an Edison Home Phonograph.

  • Here is a video of a guy who made his own phonograph with the humblest of materials! 

  • And this video shows how vinyl records are made. 

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