Edison Voicewriter Dictaphone, 1953
This is a Dictaphone. It was designed by Carl Otto. 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.
Until the middle years of the twentieth century, most dictating machines were cumbersome pieces of furniture with a fixed location in the office. Technical innovations permitted the design of smaller and lighter portable units. The Edison Voicewriter made use of plastic disks onto which sound was recorded. Such systems were replaced entirely by tape-based recording technology by the 1960s.
This object was
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
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.