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Edison Voicewriter Dictaphone, 1953

This is a Dictaphone. It was designed by Carl Otto and manufactured by Thomas A. Edison, Inc., Ediphone Division. It is dated 1953 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is cast metal, plastic discs, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Unknown and Unknown donor: found in Collection. It is credited Gift of Unknown Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (approx.): 5.4 x 25 x 30.5 cm (2 1/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. x 12 in.)

Cite this object as

Edison Voicewriter Dictaphone, 1953; Designed by Carl Otto (American, 1911 - 1983); USA; cast metal, plastic discs, electronic components; H x W x D (approx.): 5.4 x 25 x 30.5 cm (2 1/8 in. x 9 13/16 in. x 12 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1996-12-1-a/o

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