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Image: Graphophone used by Robert E. Peary

Graphophone used by Robert E. Peary
19th United States audio / visual equipment

ca. 1890
13 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 10 in. (35 x 42 x 25 cm)

Object Type: audio / visual equipment
Creation Places: North America, United States
Medium and Support: wood on metal
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of William R. Bryant, Class of 1973
Accession Number: 2000.4.1
A graphophone, or cylinder phonograph, recorded and played back sounds on wax cylinders. Robert Peary used this wood and metal graphophone to make the earliest recordings of stories and songs of the Inughuit in the 1890s. Sadly, the wax cylinder recordings are lost.

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