August 17, 2022

 Edison’s Spirit Phone

Following the First World War, spiritualism and the study of the afterlife saw a surge in popularity as desperate families searched for ways to hold onto those taken from them. The war had left people with a sense of uncertainty and a fear of the future. It made sense that many turned to those who claimed they could reach a world beyond— and even make contact with the loved ones they had lost. Mediums and mystics emerged at all corners of society, offering to commune with the deceased. For a price, of course. 

Amongst those attempting this contact with those no longer living, emerged a man of science, someone you might’ve not expected to be associated with the study of the afterlife. Phonographs and lightbulbs sure, but what in the world did Thomas Edison have to do with the dead?