The First Affordable Home Phonograph

Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877  led to a new market for consumers. Like most new technology, it took time for the phonograph’s cost to become affordable for the average working family.  The Graphophone Eagle, introduced in 1897, was the first affordable home phonograph. The name “Eagle” came from the cost of the machine, a ten dollar U.S. gold coin. Hear the Graphophone Eagle by clicking the video below, and come see it for yourself at the Music Makers Museum.