Alois Benjamin Saliger
Alois Benjamin Saliger (June 30, 1880 - April 1969) was a New York City inventor and businessman. He was the owner of the Saliger Ship Salvage Company in New York and was charged with stock fraud in 1919. In 1927 he invented the Psycho-Phone.
He was born on June 30, 1880 in Bartošovice v Orlických horách in what is now the Czech Republic to Marie and Frank Saliger. In 1927 he invented the Psycho-Phone for sleep learning: "It has been proven that natural sleep is identical with hypnotic sleep and that during natural sleep the unconscious mind is most receptive to suggestions." He died in April 1969.
- "Salvaging Syndicate Says No Stocks Have Been Put on Sale.". New York Times. July 18, 1919. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- "The Psycho-Phone". Canadian Antique Phonograph Society. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-15. "It is against this background that Alois B. Saliger of Brooklyn, NY, developed a device purported to subliminally influence its subjects to take control of their lives and overcome their weaknesses. He called his 1927 invention The Psycho-Phone. The premise on which he based his invention was: 'It has been proven that natural sleep is identical with hypnotic sleep and that during natural sleep the unconscious mind is most receptive to suggestions.'"
- "Psycho-Phone". The New Yorker. 1933. Retrieved 2010-11-18. "Well, sir, since 1927, Mr. Saliger has sold more than 2500 Psycho-phones ..."