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Thomas Alva Edison & The Phonograph

17 Feb

Thomas Alva Edison

February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931

Who was Thomas Alva Edison?  He was an american inventor, great scientist, and successful businessman who developed several devices that greatly influenced the life of many people around the world. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, having produced over  1,000 US patents in his name and many more around the world. Edison created the concept and made possible the  electric-power generation and the distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a necessary development in the modern industrialized world.

The following is a report of Edison throughout the years right after he invented the Phonograph or what was also called the gramophone, while other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison’s phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound.

The Phonograph  was a device introduced in 1877 for the recording and reproduction of sound recording. The recordings on the phonograph  played on such a device consist of some type of waveforms that are engraved onto a rotating cylinder or disc. As this cylinder or disc rotates, a stylus or needle traces the waveforms and vibrates to reproduce the recorded sound waves.                      His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder, and could both record and reproduce sounds.

1877, The first device for recording and playing back sound. Patents the Phonograph. Concentrates on Electic Lighting. Therefore, doesn’t have any role in the development of the Phonograph for nearly a decade.

1887, Edison Labs turned their attention back to improving the phonograph and the phonograph cylinder.

1888, Edison company debuted the Perfected Phonograph and 2 minute wax cylinders The original term for a phonograph as a “talking machine”, was for recording dictation used by stenographers. The dictation machine eventually evolved into a separate device called the “Ediphone”.

1908, A new line of cylinders called “Amberols”, 4 minutes of music. New machines were sold to play these records, as were attachments for modifying existing 2 minute Edison phonographs.

1912, The Edison Diamond Disc Record was introduced. Diamond Discs were superior in sound but were also more expensive. This together with the incompatibility of the Edison system with other discs and machines had an adverse effect on Edison’s market share.

1928, Edison company began plans for making “needle cut” records but they sold poorly as Edison’s market share had declined to the point where it was no longer one of the leading companies compared to leaders like Victor, Columbia, and Brunswick.

Edison Records closed down in 1929. The record plant and many of the employees were transferred to manufacturing radios. The masters for the Edison Records back catalogue were purchased by Henry Ford, and became part of the collection of the Henry Ford Museum.

Thomas Edison  died in 1931

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New Uses for Old Things/Postcards

20 Feb

When we’re talking about old things or better said antiques, it does not necessarily mean that it is something that grandma used it way back than, but better yet, something that can be of use for us in today’s modern world, so we’ve  found a report by countryliving.com that shows us six new uses for old things.

1. Vintage Postcards

Group multiples for maximum impact. Back in the late ’80s, a college-aged Scherer scooped up this series of vintage Pompeii postcards for a mere $10. But it wasn’t until he moved into this house nine years ago and started decorating the entrance hall that he had the chance to play up their appeal. “Because I went bold on the walls with Benjamin Moore‘s Marine Aqua,” he says, “I relied on neutral accents that would really pop.” Using bookbinder’s glue, Scherer affixed all 45 postcards to a large canvas before hanging the work above an antique grain bin and a pair of mercury glass lamps.

Elite Antiques & Books

102 W Main St  Tomball, TX 77375
(281) 255-2919

New Uses for Old Things/Bookcase

20 Feb

Ideas for old things in your new house:

When we’re talking about old things or better said antiques, it does not necessarily mean that it is something that grandma used it way back than, but better yet, something that can be of use for us in today’s modern world, so we’ve  found a report by countryliving.com that shows us six new uses for old things.

5. Built-In Bookcase

To establish enough storage and display space for his growing collections, Scherer installed custom cabinets and shelves throughout his house. In each case, he combined salvaged furniture — from wood-paneled doors to full sets of lockers — with standard Home Depot materials, plus his own sweat equity. The catalyst for this wide bookshelf in Scherer’s living room? Three cabinet doors that cost a total of $75 at a local salvage yard. Scherer built the unit’s frame, attached the doors in a playfully mismatched arrangement, and unified it all with a coat of white paint.

Elite Antiques & Books

102 W Main St  Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 255-2919

New Uses for Old Things/ Newspaper

20 Feb

When we’re talking about old things or better said antiques, it does not necessarily mean that it is something that grandma used it way back than, but better yet, something that can be of use for us in today’s modern world, so we’ve  found a report by countryliving.com that shows us six new uses for old things.

6. Put the Writing on the Wall

A fan of Russian art and design, Scherer found graphic appeal in a stack of ’60s Ukrainian newspapers, just $20 at a Pennsylvania flea market. Then he placed the pages where he could really admire them — along two walls and the ceiling of a downstairs bathroom — using wallpaper paste and a flat craft sealant (such as Liquitex Matte Medium). Also in the room: an antique medical stand that acts as a caddy for hand towels.

Elite Antiques & Books

102 W Main St  Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 255-2919

Antique Items at Elite Antiques

4 Feb

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Rare Books & Items

28 Jan

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