The first thing I noticed from the reading was that every person who encountered the phonograph, when they entered the house, was completely surprised by the mysterious voice. While the family who owned the phonograph was naturally comfortable with this new set up. Another thing I took away from the reading was the preservation of the voices. I think that this is an important part of the phonograph because it creates a completely new way of remembering people who are not currentlly with you. Whether the person is dead or lives far away with the phonograph you can keep a recording of their voice. The example of Mrs. Openeer talking to her neighbor who just lost her son. When the neighbor turns on the phonograph her son’s voice starts to play. “The next moment it was as if Henry was in the room.” (137) The article describes this as a happy experience for the mother because she can hear her desisted sons voice again. I assume that this feature was heavily used when advertising for the phonograph. Especially during a time when people were more at risk of an unexpected death. I see why Thomas Eddison said that the phonograph would be better than the photograph. The phonograph creates a new way to remember the past in a way that a photograph cant.