1 May 2013

1885 Bell recording now audible

5:26 am on 1 May 2013

A recording of the voice of Alexander Graham Bell, the man who invented the telephone, has been recovered in the United States.

It was made in 1885 on a wax-covered cardboard disc.

The disc was stored in the archives of the Smithsonian Museum until advances in digital conversion allowed researchers to coax sound from it.

Bell can now be heard uttering the phrase: "Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell."