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“The Marvelous Talking-Machine”

The “Euphonia,” an 1845 invention by Joseph Faber, used foot pedals and a keyboard to produce a “weird, ghostly monotone” of a voice (in any European language) through a suspended mannequin-like head. If this suspended mannequin-like head could talk… (More here, though be warned that Faber’s post-Euphonia trajectory was rather bleak.)


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