Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey (Images of America Series)
  • Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey (Images of America Series)
  • Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey (Images of America Series)

Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey (Images of America Series)

by Edward Wirth
     
 

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Thomas Edison spent the second half of his life in West Orange, about 10 miles from New York City. There he built his last and largest laboratory, where he developed motion pictures, improved the phonograph, and built an international business empire, earning over half of his 1,093 patents. The five laboratory buildings housed over 100 experimenters busily engaged…  See more details below

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Thomas Edison spent the second half of his life in West Orange, about 10 miles from New York City. There he built his last and largest laboratory, where he developed motion pictures, improved the phonograph, and built an international business empire, earning over half of his 1,093 patents. The five laboratory buildings housed over 100 experimenters busily engaged in invention and innovation. As they turned ideas into commercial products, Edison surrounded the laboratory with factories that employed over 4,000 workers. From the first days, staff photographers documented every aspect of life in this town within a town.

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Title: Thomas Edison in West Orange

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: Book News, Inc.

Date: March 2009

Drawing from the extensive archives at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey, where the inventor of the light bulb spent the latter half of his life (1847-1931), Wirth traces the inventor's subsequent innovations in motion pictures and phonograph recordings. He also overviews his business dealings in the context of the changing nature of work. Among the many vintage images are ones of Edison's family, and his laboratory/ factory complex where he developed many of his inventions.

(Annotation ©2009 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738557212
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,391,118
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author


Edward Wirth, archivist at Edison National Historic Site, selected these photographs from the 60,000 in the site's archives to tell the story of the world's most famous inventor and the many who worked with him.

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