Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Listen to This

Penned upon the 29th of March, 2008

Yet another in the ‘Thomas Edison’s fame was roundly undeserved’ basket: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has succeeded in playing back recordings of the human voice made by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in Paris, 1860. Check it: Au Claire de la Lune. It’s not much to listen to, true, but consider that it was recorded by a device scratching a soot-stained piece of paper in eighteen-sixty! Hats off to the Berkeley boffins – that’s marvellous.

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