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Click to view all of's images In 1896 Eldridge Johnson, who owned a small machine shop in Camden, NJ, was asked to develop a spring motor for a hand-cranked Gramophone. “The little instrument was badly designed,” he later recalled. “It sounded like a partially educated parrot with a sore throat and a cold in its head. But the little wheezy instrument caught my attention and held it fast and hard.” He designed a motor that operated at a uniform speed, was affordable and was quiet. This invention, according to Johnson, “changed the

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