We're very accustomed to recording and hearing the sound of our own voices, but in the early 20th century, many people were experiencing that for the first time. A surprising Depression-era trend began: People started sending their voices to their family and friends. These audio letters were small, lightweight records,made in recording booths scattered all across the world and then sent through the postal service. It was literally voice-mail. At the height of the craze, there were booths at amusement parks, fairgrounds, military bases, post offices and even bus stops. People would enter a booth, drop a quarter into a slot and talk into a microphone for a minute or so. While people spoke, the machine would cut a record in real time. A little record...
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Voice In The Mail: Audio Love Letters Were Hot In The 1930s And '40s