Before Treatment overall image of the tinfoil

Conservation of sound, object conservation, Edison tinfoil and phonograph.

The entire tin foil before conservation treatment. The foil has been folded and stuffed into an envelope. The foil was heavily creased and ripped in many places.

Edison used tinfoil to capture the sound recorded by his phonograph. This piece of tinfoil could be flattened enough to lessen the damage, but maintain the original bumps and grooves that produce the sound. Object conservator, Gwen Spicer was chosen to perform the delicate conservation.