Hear Alexander Graham Bell Speak? Yes, Please.


The sound clip was recorded on April 15, 1885 and was made in his laboratory in Washington, D.C. on a wax-disc.  You can hear Alexander Graham Bell say, very slowly:

“Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell”.

To hear the 128-year old audio file you can visit the Smithsonian page here: Listen to Alexander Graham Bell’s Voice.

There is also a short video explaining the technology behind the original recording and how the Smithsonian Museum preserves the recordings and gets the sound off of these formats that are no longer playable:  Playing the Unplayable Records Video

Source: [Smithsonian], [BBC News], and [Wikipedia]

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4 Responses to Hear Alexander Graham Bell Speak? Yes, Please.

  1. It’s amazing to hear a sound recording nearly 130 years old.

    • I know! My specialty is ancient history and I am so jealous that modern historians get to hear things like this. Can you imagine being able to hear the voice of Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar? 🙂

  2. Trapper Gale says:

    I find it amazing how many everyday things we take for granted have been invented in the last 120 years… cars, telephones, computers… and boy have they changed since the very first ones.

    • I agree! It’s funny to think that if someone from ancient Egypt ‘time travelled’ 3000 years to medieval Europe, they would have felt more at home than someone who ‘time travelled’ only 128 years from the time this recording was made until now!

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