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!