The Théâtrophone

Today’s is the last post, for at least a few days, of Victorian history and tech likely to be of interest to Steampunks. You can blame my history major on the recent rash of historically focused posts. I find this sort of thing fascinating and very pertinent to my interest in Steampunk, so there.

Back in the day, there was a creation called the Théâtrophone that allowed its subscribers to listen to theater and opera performances via their telephones. The Théâtrophone evolved from a Clément Ader invention, which was first demonstrated in 1881, in Paris. And to think that all this time, I thought that listening to music on our phones was something of a modern development.

A recent article on the Scientific American blog entitled In 1892 Live Music Was Just a Phone Call Away by Mary Karmelek explains the origins and functionality of the Théâtrophone.