of the Phonograph
celebrate February 11 as a Red-Letter Phonographia Day.
11, the birthday of Thomas Edison, inventor of the Phonograph.
celebration: Apple pie and a glass of milk or cup of tea.
"Edison the Man" 1940
advertisement in Saturday Evening Post featuring apple pie,
a glass of milk and the Edison tinfoil Phonograph (known as the "Brady"
Phonograph from his photograph (above) taken in Matthew Brady's Washington,
D.C. studio April 18, 1878).
Edison's love of pie is well known to Friends of the Phonograph
and was captured in the 1940 movie Edison the Man, many
people don't know that Edison had a very defined philosophy about
Laurie Carlson writes about Edison's
eating habits in Thomas Edison for Kids - His Life and Ideas
and notes the following:
"He took pride in eating small amounts
at meals and believed that Americans could cut down their food intake
by two-thirds". Quoting Edison: "They do the work of a
three-horse-power engine and consume the fuel which should operate
"What was Edison's favorite food for
most of his life? Apple dumplings, or apple pie with a glass
The suggestion of a cup of
tea for the Edison birthday menu comes from "Thomas A.
Edison and his Inventions" by James Baird McClure, 1879 which
describes Edison dining at Delmonico's and simply having a "piece
of a pie and a cup of tea."
Movie still from the 1940 MGM
film "Edison the Man" with Spencer Tracy and Rita Johnson
(in Edison's laboratory).