while visiting grandma (yes, more of that)(what? you love it!), my mom and mike pulled out my grandfather's old wire recorder. that metal box-of-a-machine is the recorder. that little box full of round tin boxes are the wires on which you record. i'm not claiming to even know how it exactly works, but it was neat to hear my great-grandfather's voice...coming from a wire. you just attach it (somehow) to that machine, push another button, and then you hear it. a voice you'd never heard before (or, at least in my case, that's what i heard). it was pretty neat! and although, i admit, i was antsy to get on the road to get home and see my beautiful babies, i'm glad that they pulled this out real quick.
and just in case you happen to have a wire recorder in your closet, but lost your directions! here, i'll share mine (er, grandpas)!!