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.