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1940 - Percy Grainger (left) and Elmer O. Thompson who invented equipment for transcribing old phonograph cylinder records, are shown listening to recordings

LISTENING TO RECORDINGS

E&MP 93.015

Phonograph

September 25, 1940

Percy Grainger (left), noted composer, and Elmer O. Thompson, Philco Corpn., engineer who invented equipment for transcribing old phonograph cylinder records, are shown listening to recordings.

Mr. Grainger brought to the Library of Congress nearly 300 cylinder records of folk music which he had recorded nearly 40 years ago, and had kept unplayed.

Ordinary phonograph needles quickly wear out such records.

New apparatus, using electric eye device, does not damage the record, and reproduces the music far more faithfully than tin horn phonographs of past could do.


Negative Number 3106


Original Caption by Science Service
© Philco Corporation w/Library of Congress.

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1940 - equipment for transcribing old phonograph cylinder records



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