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Edison Voicewriter Dictating Machine Dictating Machine

This is a dictating machine. It was designed by Carl Otto and manufactured by Thomas A. Edison Inc.. It is dated 1953 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is aluminum, plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Until the middle years of the twentieth century, most dictating machines were cumbersome pieces of furniture with a fixed location in the office. Technical innovations permitted the design of smaller and lighter portable units. The Edison Voicewriter made use of plastic disks onto which sound was recorded. Such systems were replaced entirely by tape-based recording technology by the 1960s.

This object was donated by Unknown donor: found in Collection. It is credited Gift of Unknown Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (approx.): 5.4 x 25 x 30.5 cm (2 1/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. x 12 in.)

Cite this object as

Edison Voicewriter Dictating Machine Dictating Machine; Designed by Carl Otto (American, 1911 - 1983); USA; aluminum, plastic; H x W x D (approx.): 5.4 x 25 x 30.5 cm (2 1/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. x 12 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1996-12-1-a/o

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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