A record player, also known as a phonograph or gramophone, was a device that could play back sound that was inscribed on a record.
The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. The phonograph used inscribed wax to record and play back sound. In 1899, Emile Berliner invented the gramophone. Early gramophone records differed from phonograph records as they used inscribed celluloid or rubber to record and play back sound. Around 1895, shellac became the standard. Shellac would be the most common type of gramophone record until vinyl records were introduced in 1931.
Behind the scenes
- The soundtrack for each film in the Back to the Future trilogy was released on vinyl record.
- Back to the Future Part II (In the Blast from the Past antique shop)