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Historic Photos of Thomas Edison
     

Historic Photos of Thomas Edison

by Leonard DeGraaf
 

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With 1,093 U.S. patents to his credit, Thomas Edison was one of history's most prolific and influential inventors. His Menlo Park and West Orange, New Jersey, laboratories pioneered industrial research and produced the first phonograph, practical incandescent electric lamp, and motion picture camera. Edison was also an entrepreneur who created dozens of companies

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With 1,093 U.S. patents to his credit, Thomas Edison was one of history's most prolific and influential inventors. His Menlo Park and West Orange, New Jersey, laboratories pioneered industrial research and produced the first phonograph, practical incandescent electric lamp, and motion picture camera. Edison was also an entrepreneur who created dozens of companies to market his inventions, and he played important roles in the creation of the electric power, sound recording, and motion picture industries. Edison was also one of the first modern celebrities. The 200 photographs in this book, selected from the Edison National Historic Site archives, portray Edison's long career, from his earliest experiences as a railroad newspaper vendor and telegrapher in the 1860s to his last important research project in the late 1920s, a search for domestic sources of natural rubber. These photographs provide revealing glimpses as well of his family life and personal friendships.

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Fark West Orange Chronicle
The book "Historic Photos of Thomas Edison," is part of Turner Publishing Company's "Historic Photos" series and was compiled by Leonard DeGraaf, an archivist at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange. The book traces Edison's life from his boyhood in Ohio and Michigan through almost 45 years in West Orange. For those who only have a vague understanding of what Edison achieved in his 84 years, the book is a comprehensive look at the astounding breadth of his accomplishments. Even Edison-philes will find this book a worthwhile addition to the vast public record of Edison because DeGraaf has chosen many photographs that have rarely been seen before.
While most of DeGraaf's book documents Edison's genius as an inventor and entrepenuer it also illuminates his role as one of America's first celebrities.
—Tony Edelstein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596524064
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard DeGraaf is an archivist at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey. He received an MA in history from Rutgers University in 1986. From 1983 to 1990, DeGraaf worked for the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers. He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively about Edison and his work. DeGraaf is a member of the New Jersey National History Day advisory board. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife Anne, and cat Daisy.

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