Media Timeline

Thomas Edison’s invention of the tinfoil phonograph in 1877 and Alexander Graham Belle’s improved Brown Wax Cylinders gave birth to the recording industry. The public’s growing demand for new records and the continual improvements led to new technologies. For a timeline of these changes, from the early  Brown Wax Cylinder to the  iPod, see the images below. To learn more about the record media changes and what machines these records were played on visit Music Makers Museum.