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Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park",[3] he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Edison, Thomas A.
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"Mr. Welch, National Phonograph Co."

Reading into dictaphone.

Drawing for a Phonograph

This is the printed patent drawing for a phonograph invented by Thomas A. Edison. Patents Issued to Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Head and shoulders, facing right.

New Jersey--the wizard of electricity--Thomas A. Edison's system of electric illumination

Six views showing Menlo Park and exterior of Edison's laboratory, and electric light apparatus.

Edison's home, Menlo Park, New Jersey / from a sketch by Theo. R. Davis.

Edison's complex at Menlo Park, showing house, laboratory, office and machine shop.

High class phonograph entertainments

Photograph shows man, holding cylinder, posed with Edison machine and a case of cylinders.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

3/4 seated, with one of his inventions, facing left [Ediphone?].

[Thomas A. Edison, W.K.L. Dickson, and others at the "perfected" wax-recording phonograph]

Portrait shows Edison seated in center. with Fred Ott at left and Col. George Gouraud at right. Standing (left to right) are W.K.L. Dickson, Charles Batchelor, A. Theodore Wangemann, John Ott, and Charles Brown... more

Edison and most of his Orange laboratory staff

Portrait shows Edison seated in center of front row. On his right: Ch. Batchelor, W.S. Mallory, J.F. Randolph, and J.W. Harris. On his left (right to left): J. Ott; Thos. Maguire; J.W. Gladstone; and Ch. Brown.... more

Nancy Elliot - mother of T.A. Edison

Naney Elliot(t) Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front.

The souvenir strip of Edison Kinetoscope Eugene [i.e. Eugen] Sandow, the modern Hercules / / taken and copyrighted by W.K.L. Dickson.

Photograph of an Edison Kinetoscope strip showing nine photos (film frames) of Sandow in various strong man poses. Includes a head-and-shoulders portrait of Thomas A. Edison above the strip.

The most famous inventor of the age--Thos. A. Edison in his laboratory, East Orange, N.J., U.S.A.

Thomas Alva Edison, half-length portrait, standing in his laboratory, facing slightly left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated in his laboratory, facing left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

3/4 lgth., standing in his laboratory, facing front; alongside large bottle of distilled water.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated in plant or workshop, head resting on hand, facing slightly left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

1/2 length, facing slightly left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, standing in his laboratory, facing left, with his workman discussing problem.

Thomas Edison and his original dynamo, Edison Works, Orange, N.J., U.S.A.

Thomas Edison, standing, full-length portrait, in front of engine.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, standing, facing slightly right; in front of statue in library(?).

T.A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison, full-length portrait, standing in his laboratory, facing slightly left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated on table, with one of his inventions, facing slightly left.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full lgth., seated, facing front; with American Boys World Tour Band which is holding U.S. flag and banner advertising Panama-Pacific World's Fair.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Half lgth., seated in his library, facing left.

"People's 5 c̳ bus"

Thomas Edison and two other men standing outside of bus, N.Y.C.(?)

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Seated at desk, using his dictating machine; porcelain cuspidor at lower right.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Head and shoulders, facing front.

Miguelito making phonograph record

Miguelito, a Navajo from the Southwest, making voice recording.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated at desk, rear view, in his study.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full, seated, with one of his inventions - a submarine cell [battery?], facing left.

T. A. [Thomas Alva] Edison and J.L. Lieb

Photograph shows Thomas A. Edison receiving an honorary membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society by John W. Lieb, Vice President of the New York Edison Company on Feb. 10, 1916. (Source: Flickr Common... more

T. A. [Thomas Alva] Edison and wife

Photograph shows Thomas A. Edison with his wife Mina Miller Edison, receiving an honorary membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society by John W. Lieb, Vice President of the New York Edison Company on Feb... more