Science: Spoken Telegrams

Two Manhattan engineers, Edwin H. Loftin and S. Young White, last week announced that they had perfected a compact self-recording phonograph; and were going to install duplicates in public booths. For 25¢ a customer speaks the message he is too inept, lazy or hurried to write. He may mail the disc or he may give it to a telephone operator to play over long-distance. The Loftin-White device also answers telephones, automatically records messages. Suggested name: postephony.

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