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Mechanical doll:Edison Talking Doll

Thomas A. Edison1890

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Thomas Edison himself joined the ranks of doll manufacturers in 1890 when he introduced his Singing Doll. He fitted a bisque head on a metal torso and placed inside it a teeny Edison phonograph with a wax cylinder and a recording of a nursery rhyme. The Edison Toy Phonograph Manufacturing Company produced about ten thousand dolls, twenty-five hundred of which passed quality control and were released for sale. Within a month, though, disgruntled customers started returning most of the dolls to the factory. The steel stylus tore up the wax cylinder, and the mechanism, which required a delicate hand turning the crank to operate, was beyond the ability of a child's hand. But even Edison, later, voiced what was perhaps the real problem with the doll: "The voices of the little monsters were exceedingly unpleasant to hear."

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  • Title: Mechanical doll:Edison Talking Doll
  • Creator: Thomas A. Edison
  • Date Created: 1890, 1890
  • Location: USA, USA
  • Type: Dolls from the Early Twentieth Century, Mechanical Toys, Talking and Walking Dolls, Dolls from the Early Twentieth Century, Mechanical Toys, Talking and Walking Dolls
  • Medium: bisque, wood, metal
  • Artist: Thomas A. Edison

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