1888 Edison Recording may Be First Talking Doll Try

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By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
TRENTON, NJ (AP).- Scientists using advanced imaging technology have recovered a 123-year-old recording made by Thomas Edison that is believed to be the world’s first attempt at a talking doll and may mark the dawn of the American recording industry. In the sound recording, a woman can be heard reciting a verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Historians believe Edison hired the woman to make the recording less than two years before he unsuccessfully put the first talking doll on the market. “Based on the date of fall 1888, it is the oldest American-made recording of a woman’s voice that we can listen to today,” said Patrick Feaster, a historian at Indiana University in Bloomington. Feaster pored over historical documents and 19th-century newspaper reports to piece together the story behind the recording. Edison hoped to mass-produce the toys, but the era’s rudimentary technology meant tha