The life and inventions of Thomas Alva Edision (Google eBook)

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T. Y. Crowell, 1894 - Technology & Engineering - 362 pages
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Page 301 - In the year 1887, the idea occurred to me that it / was possible to devise an instrument which should do " - for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, and that by a combination of the two, all motion and sound could be recorded and reproduced simultaneously.
Page 289 - Sharp misery had worn him to the bones : And in his needy shop a tortoise hung, An alligator stuffed, and other skins Of ill-shaped fishes ; and about his shelves A beggarly account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds, Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses, Were thinly scattered to make up a show.
Page 184 - Of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass, And diamonded with panes of quaint device...
Page 159 - Else why, through days which never come again, Roams Hope with that strange longing, like Regret: Why put the posy in the cold dead hand? Why plant the rose above the lonely grave? Why bring the corpse across the salt sea-wave? Why deem the dead more near in native land?
Page 153 - I refreshed ourselves : he hung his horn on a peg near the kitchen fire ; I sat on the other side. Suddenly we ' heard a tereng! tereng! teng! teng ! We looked round, and now found the reason why the postilion had not been able to sound his horn ; his tunes were frozen up in the horn, and came out now by thawing, plain enough, and much to the credit of the driver, so that the honest fellow entertained us for some time with a variety of tunes, without putting his mouth to the horn The King of...
Page 128 - Family Record" a registry of sayings, reminiscences, etc., by members of a family in their own voices, and of the last words of dying persons. 6. Music-boxes and toys. 7. Clocks that should announce in articulate speech the time for going home, going to meals, etc. 8. The preservation of languages by exact reproduction of the manner of pronouncing. 9. Educational purposes; such as preserving the explanations made by a teacher, so that the pupil can refer to them at any moment, and spelling or...
Page 85 - But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Lives not alone immured in the brain; But, with the motion of all elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices.
Page 128 - Letter-writing and all kinds of dictation without the aid of a stenographer; 2) Phonographic books which will speak to blind people without effort on their part; 3) The teaching of elocution; 4) The reproduction of music; 5) The Family Record...
Page 186 - Through the tender mercy of our God : whereby the Day-spring from on high hath visited us ; To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death : and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Page 336 - To hear each other's whisper'd speech ; Eating the Lotos day by day, To watch the crisping ripples on the beach, And tender curving lines of creamy spray ; To lend our...

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