Phonozoic Text Archive, Document 112

The Phonograph at the Paris Exhibition

Nature, Vol XVIII, August 15, 1878, p. 424.

IT is stated in the French papers that Mr. Edison is to have no reward whatever at the Paris Exhibition for his phonograph.  The reasons alleged for this apparent denial of justice are somewhat amusing.  The jury of the class of instruments of precision declared that the phonograph could not be considered as at all an instrument of precision, but merely a toy; consequently they sent it to the class of telegraphy to be rewarded.  But the telegraphists replied that it was of no use whatever in telegraphy, and refused to examine it.  The consequence is that the most wonderful invention, probably, in the Exhibition, will be passed by unmentioned and unrewarded.