This is Thomas Edison.
He was an American inventor and businessman.
The historical icon is credited with inventing the phonograph, motion picture camera, and the incandescent light bulb.
He also made dolls.
Creepy, night-mare inducing, talking dolls. (audio below)
Back in 1890 when these talking dolls were produced, they were the first of their kind.
They are about 2 feet tall, with metal bodies and wooden limbs.
The metal body cavity housed a small, wax-cylinder phonograph… cutting-edge technology at the time.
However, the sound quality was never pleasing and Edison himself deemed them unpleasant, only producing about 500.
Although it was the steep price tag of $10.00 (about $200.00 in today’s money) that discouraged the general market.
He would later refer to them as, ‘little monsters’.
“Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep….”