Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV



This 1888 photo provided by the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, N.Y., shows Thomas Edison listening to a wax cylinder phonograph. Researchers have digitized what experts say is the oldest recording of a playable American voice and history�s first-ever recorded musical performance, along with the first recorded blooper. Recorded on a sheet of tinfoil on a phonograph invented by Thomas Edison, the recording was made in St. Louis in 1878. It contains a short coronet solo of an unidentified song, followed by the voices of a man reciting popular nursery rhymes. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)