Talking Doll FAQ - Historical and Cultural Value

Why is the Edison Talking Doll historically significant?
It is the world's first recorded-audio entertainment device manufactured for sale to the public.

What makes the Edison Talking Doll Recordings historically and culturally important?

  • They are the earliest commercial sound recordings known to survive.
  • The factory program that produced these records was probably the first time people were paid to perform for sound recordings.
  • The girls (or young women) hired by Edison were arguably the world's first professional recording artists.
  • These records carry the earliest known recordings of women's voices made in the United States.
  • They are the oldest Children's Records known to survive.

Last updated: April 25, 2015

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