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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738557212
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,440,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Getting to West Orange     9
His Favorite Invention     21
Making Pictures Move     37
Storage Battery Power     45
Giant Crushing Machines     57
A Host of Other Products     67
Working for Mr. Edison     75
The Later Decades     89
Glenmont     107
The Edison Legacy     117
Bibliography     127
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