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19th Century “Talking” Children’s Book

Written on April 29, 2008

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This brilliant book (I’m working on the exact title) utilizes levers, bellows, and whistles to create what surely must be one of the first children’s books to incorporate sound. The video is a little grainy, but tons of fun.

UPDATE: The book appears to be untitled, but some poking around suggests it was published by FAO Schwarz ca. 1893. No luck yet tracking down a complete copy. I’d buy one in a second.

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