Readophone advertising leaflet


Accession Number: 2012.24.3

Scope & Content: Tri-fold brochure with photo illustration of the Readophone on front panel with text: "Readophone, Radio-Phonograph, Two Hours and Thirty Minutes, Dramatized Reproductions on a Single Record of Books, Stories, Plays, Lectures, Literature and Music." Advertising Model 18, with 5" speaker, and Model 6, with 6" speaker, and Model 8, with 8" speaker, for playing "all records and all speeds." Briefly describes how to operate the machine.

Creator: Readophone Corporation (Los Angeles)

Interview Date: / /

Administrative History: The Readophone was invented by Edward R. Harris in a machine shop and laboratory operated by J. Robert Atkinson, founder of the Braille Institute of America (BIA). In an editorial that appeared in the March 1934 issue of the BIA magazine "The Braille Mirror," Atkinson promoted the upcoming availability of the device, which he described as more practical than the talking book machine under development by the American Foundation of the Blind for listening to Library of Congress Talking Book records.

Subjects: Talking book machines Advertisements