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Thaddeus was born in Iowa (sorry I don’t know what area) back in 1867. I have no information as to who his parents were however, it is not relevant to this story, so we’ll continue. What I can tell you is that he studied physics at Oberlin Conservatory (now George Washington University) in Oberlin, Ohio. During the summer, he worked as a clerk in Washington, D.C. to pay for his college.

He graduated in 1889 with a degree in law. However, as far as I can find he never was admitted to the board or practiced law turning his attention to an invention that he felt would revolutionize something he was interested in. His invention was first shown in 1902, later that year he established a laboratory to continue his work. His invention was successful however, only three were built and he died in 1934 at 66 in New York City.

Now you may be asking yourself what did Thaddeus invent. Well first off I guess I’ll tell you I’m writing about Thaddeus Cahill; did that ring a bell? For those of you who don’t know he was the inventor of the telharmonium which was an early electrical organ that sent electrical signals over telephone lines. It weighed a hefty 7 tons and cost 200,000.00 which today the price tag would be a little over 5.5 million. He is credited with inventing the first electromechanical musical instrument. He wanted to stream music into hotels, restaurants, theaters and homes. His dream was to come full circle with the advent of streaming media nearly a century later. Only now you know what we take for granted was invented back in 1902.


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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Thank you for enlightening us this has dawned on me by reading your posts each day how much was invented in the early 1900's that we take for granted. Thanks for history lesson each day!

Nov 26, 2016 05:02 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

As music is not one of my strong suits no and now I know who to really blame for elevator music or the stuff at a doctor's office!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 26, 2016 05:23 AM #2
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Seems that lots of inventors never know the true success of their inventions.

Nov 26, 2016 05:24 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Thad and I must have been drinking at different bars together. Absolutely no clue! Enjoy your day!

Nov 26, 2016 05:25 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a person who was far ahead of his time with an invention that the world wasn't ready for.

Nov 26, 2016 05:28 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is really cool and I am sure he would be astonished to see how technology has developed over the years!

Nov 26, 2016 05:50 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You are right, we take so much for granted.  There are so many more things on the horizon, that will be revealed.  A

Nov 26, 2016 07:03 AM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance what you are saying, James Dray that we also have this character to claim for the pointless dial tones when the phone is dialed?

Nov 26, 2016 08:57 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Happy Saturday, James- so it's he who is to blame for elevator music???   Have a happy day. 

Nov 26, 2016 09:12 AM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interesting story, James. Never even thought of an invention in regard to music. I am grateful as I absolutely love music;  I turn on my laptop with my right hand each morning as my left hand is turning on some soft instrumental background station. For me, it works so well.

Nov 26, 2016 04:25 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - The price tag for the invention is amazing! He must have had some really enthusiastic investors. 

Nov 26, 2016 04:37 PM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

A lot of today's inventions, and things we take for granted, had early roots. Thanks for sharing this story, James. 

Nov 26, 2016 06:41 PM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


An interesting story of Thaddeus Cahill . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 26, 2016 08:37 PM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening again James. This is an incredible story. Full circle indeed.

Nov 27, 2016 09:45 AM #14
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