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Edison's "Let us not forget--a message to the American people" from 1919

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Edison Invents the Phonograph
Many of the uses Edison suggested for the phonograph have become a reality, but there were others he hadn't imagined. For example, the phonograph allowed soldiers to take music off to war with them. In 1917, when the U.S. became involved in World War I, the Edison Company created a special model of the phonograph for the U.S. Army. This basic machine sold for $60. Many Army units purchased these phonographs because it meant a lot to the soldiers to have music to cheer them and remind them of home. This is an audio clip of Edison himself in which he expresses his pride in the soldiers and reminds Americans of the enormous sacrifice and contribution made by the other allied nations.
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AUDIO CREDIT: Edison, Thomas A. Let us not forget--a message to the American people." 1919. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.