Edison’s Talking Dolls Speak Once More

In 1890, Thomas Edison unleashed his infamous talking dolls – the first of their kind, each containing a phonograph with a pre-recorded cylinder. When played, they were intended to mimic the sounds of a young girl reciting nursery rhymes and prayers. But what consumers actually received – all 500 or so of them – was …

Dug North And His Amazing Automata

I’ve been fascinated with automata ever since playing Syberia and reading Gaby Wood’s intriguing (if not occasionally out-of-focus) book “Edison’s Eve” nearly 10 years ago. These hand-cranked, clockwork machines have recently garnered mainstream attention thanks to the film Hugo, and the above video is a short tour of the works of Dug North, who appeared in …