Edison’s talking machine

In the 19th century, the ideology of nationalism spread across Europe, taking hold in Finland too. During this time of national awakening, researchers and artists began to seek the material and immaterial roots of Finnish identity. The study of Finnish and Finno-Ugric languages was deemed important. Oral cultural traditions were preserved using an early recording device called a phonograph.

: A metal device with a cylinder and a crank, on a wooden base. Next to the device is a brown wax cylinder and, in the background, the wooden lid of the device, with a metal handle.
Photo: Timo Huvilinna.

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