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Thomas Edison and the Phonograph
It was the famed inventor’s personal favorite creation, but he sold his patent rights shortly after establishing them. That left the door open for Columbia founder Edward Easton, who acquired the rights to the technology and began making dictation machines — Columbia Phonograph’s first product.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Columbia Records
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