Audiovisual technology

  • Tinfoil Ducretet, model 22

    Inventory number: 10249
    Date: 1890 - 1899
    Dimensions: 18.5 x 44 x 20 cm

    Tinfoil is a tin mechanism fixed with screws to a plate, also in tin, which is then fixed to a wooden support.

    In 1877, American Thomas Edison successfully recorded and played sound on a tin sheet wrapped around a cylinder. This led it to be named Tinfoil, but it became known colloquially as “the talking machine”. The device was presented at the Academy of French Sciences in March 1878.