Entrepreneurs placed Edison's phonograph in arcades, saloons, and other public spaces. Customers dropped a nickel in the slot and put on the ear tubes to hear a song or a comic monologue


  • Title: Edison Coin Slot Phonograph
  • Creator: National Phonograph Company
  • Contributor: Thomas Edison National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Measurements: H 127.0, W 66.5, D 44.0 CM
  • Material: Wood, Metal
  • Circa: 1896
  • Catalog Number: EDIS 31

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