Phonograph expert speaks at Edison Ford
March 5, 2019
Phonograph historian and author, Tim Fabrizio, made a special visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates during Thomas Edison’s birthday celebration, February 11th. Mr. Fabrizio has been researching and writing about the history of sound recording for nearly fifty years. His program entitled: The Phonograph in Everyday Life was well-received by visitors, volunteers, and staff alike. Afterwards, many had the rare opportunity to meet with the “phono guru” in person, ask questions, have their books signed, or even have their machines examined by Mr. Fabrizio personally. Subsequently, Edison Ford curatorial staff was able to provide Mr. Fabrizio access to some of the collection’s earliest tin-foil model phonographs dating from the 1870s. He agreed to share his knowledge and research on what he termed, “the treasures of the Edison Ford” in a future multi-page article in The Antique Phonograph, a popular publication with phonograph enthusiasts and collectors.
According to Edison Ford Registrar, Matt Andres, “the tin-foil phonographs we have in our collection are some of the earliest examples of Edison’s work dealing with phonographs and sound recording. They are unique and remarkable pieces from a historical standpoint; I definitely encourage visitors to visit the museum for a closer look.” All three tin-foil phonographs are currently on display inside the Edison Ford Museum.