In 1877 Edison invented the phonograph--a machine that talked.
Some people called him a "wizard" for having made such a magical invention. Even now, you may hear Edison referred to as the "Wizard of Menlo Park."
People had some rather humorous notions about how the phonograph could
be used. In its March 21,1878 issue, the New York Daily Graphic suggested
that a speaking Statue of Liberty might be one of the "Awful Possibilities
for the New Speaking Phonograph."
To encourage people to think about the importance of his creation, Edison gave his own ideas for the most important uses of the phonograph:
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