Dictaphone Wax Recorder,
This is an early dictaphone that recorded to a wax cylinder. It was huge,
heavy and bulky but this was state of the art stuff for it's time. The
rounded shelving on the bottom of the stand was for storing either blank
or already recorded wax cylinders. To "erase" a cylinder already
used, you had a little peeling unit that simply shaved the wax off the
outside of the unit. Eventually, the cylinder wasn't any good because
too much wax had to be peeled of it. By all means, you wouldn't want to
get these ah too hot as they might ah melt. Developed for business executives
to sound out letters their secretaries would then type, there isn't much
doubt about the wax recorder being used to audio record "evidence."
Speaking of business executives recording their letters and memos for
others to type, I have often wondered why all the time and expense was
wasted on this instead of requiring business executives to learn how to
type themselves. Of course, typing was a "skill" and also required
Wax Recorder sold for $200.00. That might seem reasonable by today's standards.
However, in 1910, the average salary for an American was $750.00 a year.
That's about $15.00 a week. So a Dictaphone Wax Recorder cost about 13
week's salary for the average person. That would be conservatively be
about $6,500 today's standards.
Development On The Dictaphone
An Early Dictaphone
There was competition!
To the left is an ad for another model of a dictaphone. To the right is
a Thomas Edision promo photo showing off his version of the Dictaphone.
Ad For The Dictaphone
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