BAS Message
June 2015

1. Recently transfers were made of the first commercial audio recording of the first recording artist. In 1890 the Edison Company made a talking doll using a wax cylinder recording inside. The rhyme was “There was a little girl, And she had a little curl...” It was not a commercial success—children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The owners of the doll were afraid to play it since it might be irreparably damaged. It was transferred using laser scanning and IRENE (Image, Reconstruct, Erase, Noise, Etc.) which made a high resolution map of the surface of the disc, charting changes as small as one five-hundredth of a human hair. NYT 5My15

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