National Geographic : 1919 Nov
Reproduced from actual photographs taken at Edison Recording Studios, New York The blindfolded jury hears Hempel sing "lo non sono piu l'Annetta," while she stands beside the New Edison. THE BLINDFOLD TEST is the most severe of all Musical tests; shutting off a person's sight greatly in creases his acuteness of hearing. Yet even the blindfold test has been successfully met by the New Edison. Frieda Hempel, prima donna soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York, appeared before five of Thomas A. Edison's musical experts to perform the test. She stood beside the New Edison. The blindfolds were adjusted over the eyes of the five men. As shown in the first photograph, Hempel then started to sing. The selection was "Io non sono piu l'Annetta," from the opera "Crispino e la Comare." Suddenly Hempel stopped singing, but the song continued. The New Edison had taken up the song and was singing alone. The five experts, e'en though their hearing faculties were at highest concentration, were completely unaware that Hempel had ceased and that they were listening only to the New Edison's RE-CREATION of her voice. Two million people have heard similar tone-tests, publicly given by forty different artists. Five hundred representative newspapers have publicly recorded the fact that no one has been able to dis tinguish the artist's living art from its RE-CREATION by the New Edison. The proof of this is founded upon scientific fact; it is piled mountain-high. The New Edison brings you all the living artist can bring, excepting his physical presence. D 'eNEW " he Phonograph "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"