Edison’s Talking Doll Gone Wrong

Hat tip to the Morbid Anatomy blog.

When Thomas Edison had just founded his company, General Electric, one of his first and quickly forgotten inventions was an attempt at a talking doll.  The dolls contained a miniature phonograph with a recording of what is meant to be a little girl singing twelve different nursery rhymes.

Says GE Reports: “Unfortunately, production delays, poor recording technology, high production costs, and damages during distribution all combined to create toys that were a complete disaster, terrifying children and costing their parents nearly a month’s pay.  Edison would later refer to the dolls as his ‘little monsters’.”

Listen to a recording of the doll reciting “Little Jack Horner” by clicking here.

Since the phonograph seems to be inside the mid-section of the doll’s body, I assume that the vocal function of the toy would still function if the head were removed from the rest of the body.  That being said, I want one!

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Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment  

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