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Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison and his inventions.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
Edison, Thomas A.
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."
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Drawing for a Phonograph

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

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Head and shoulders, facing right.

[Thomas Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[Thomas Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Copyright 1880 by Emil P. Spahn, Newark, New Jersey.

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

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

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

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

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

Six views showing Menlo Park and exterior of Edison's laboratory, and electric light apparatus. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1880 Jan. 10., p. 353.

High class phonograph entertainments

High class phonograph entertainments

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

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

3/4 seated, with one of his inventions, facing left [Ediphone?]. 48007Xp1s U.S. Copyright Office Photo copyrighted by W.K. Dickson, Orange, N.J. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Capt... more

Edison's phonograph, Experimental Dept., Orange, N.J.

Edison's phonograph, Experimental Dept., Orange, N.J.

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Copyright by W. K. Dickson, 1892.

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

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

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

Nancy Elliot - mother of T.A. Edison

Nancy Elliot - mother of T.A. Edison

Naney Elliot(t) Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front. 41785Y U.S. Copyright Office. Photograph of framed picture. Copyright by W.K.L. Dickson, Orange, N.J.

Edison and most of his Orange laboratory staff

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

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

The souvenir strip of Edison Kinetoscope Eugene [i.e. Eugen] Sandow, t...

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. 10777 U.S. Copyrigh... more

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, full-length portrait, seated in swivel chair outside office, facing left]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, full-length portrait, seated in swivel...

Copyrighted by Kreidler & Crider. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

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

The most famous inventor of the age--Thos. A. Edison in his laboratory...

Thomas Alva Edison, half-length portrait, standing in his laboratory, facing slightly left. H4733 U.S. Copyright Office.

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, three-quarter length portrait, standing, in laboratory]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, three-quarter length portrait, standin...

Photo copyrighted by Pach. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated in his laboratory, facing left. H47130 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo by Byron, N.Y.C. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; PI; Shelf.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

3/4 lgth., standing in his laboratory, facing front; alongside large bottle of distilled water. Photoprint copyrighted by Brown Bros., N.Y. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card t... more

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

1/2 length, facing slightly left. H67907 U.S. Copyright Office This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, half-length portrait, working in chemical laboratory]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, half-length portrait, working in chemi...

Copyright by Brown Bros. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated in plant or workshop, head resting on hand, facing slightly left. H56519 U.S. Copyright Office Photo copyrighted by Irving Underhill, New York. This record contains unverified, old data from... more

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, left profile, seated at his desk, writing]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, left profile, seated at his desk, writ...

Photo copyrighted by Irving Underhill, New York. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, standing in his laboratory, facing left, with his workman discussing problem. H75065 U.S. Copyright Office Photo by Byron, N.Y.C. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Captio... more

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

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

Thomas Edison, standing, full-length portrait, in front of engine. No. 13001.

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, with his workman in the chemical room]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, full-length portrait, standing, facing...

H75064 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by Byron, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

Thomas A. Edison and son(?) in automobile and large house in background

Thomas A. Edison and son(?) in automobile and large house in backgroun...

Closer view. Stereo copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood. No. U-105645. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Autos; Shelf.

Thomas A. Edison and son(?) in automobile and large housein background

Thomas A. Edison and son(?) in automobile and large housein background

Auto in mid-ground. Stereo copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood. No. U-105640. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; BI; Autos; Shelf.

[Man seated alongside phonograph]

[Man seated alongside phonograph]

Copyright by W.J. Dyer & Bro., Saint Paul.

Thomas A. Edison and the model of his concrete house

Thomas A. Edison and the model of his concrete house

No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI; Architecture; Inventions; Dwellings.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated on table, with one of his inventions, facing slightly left. J152895 U.S. Copyright Office Photo of stereo. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings:... more

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, standing, facing slightly right; in front of statue in library(?). J153355 U.S. Copyright Office This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

T.A. Edison

T.A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison, full-length portrait, standing in his laboratory, facing slightly left. J155548 or J155549 U.S. Copyright Office.

[Thomas Alva Edison, full-length portrait, seated at his desk, facing left, with Mr. Wilson]

[Thomas Alva Edison, full-length portrait, seated at his desk, facing ...

J177186 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Thos. A. Edison.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Half lgth., seated in his library, facing left. Photoprint copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI; Shelf.

"People's 5 c̳ bus"

"People's 5 c̳ bus"

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

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

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. Photoprint copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. No copyright rene... more

[Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, at Edison's home in Ft. Myers, Florida]

[Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford, full-length portrait, ...

J191000 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Hunt, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Head and shoulders, facing front. Photo copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI; Shelf.

[Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford posed standing, full-length, at Mr. Edison's home, Ft. Myers, Florida]

[Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford posed standing, full-le...

J191001 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Hunt.

Miguelito making phonograph record

Miguelito making phonograph record

Miguelito, a Navajo from the Southwest, making voice recording. J190068 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Geoffrey O'Hara, New York, N.Y.

[Thomas Alva Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Thomas Alva Edison, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

J195628 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

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

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Seated at desk, using his dictating machine; porcelain cuspidor at lower right. J195843 U.S. Copyright Office Photo by This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, with subsequent revisions. Pho... more

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full, seated, with one of his inventions - a submarine cell [battery?], facing left. J207328 U.S. Copyright Office Photo copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. This record contains unverified, old data from caption c... more

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

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

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

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, seated at telegraph key, facing slightly right. J243277 U.S. Copyright Office This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Telegraph; PI; Shelf.

Mr. Thomas A. Edison shaking hands with winner of Grand Prix [runner]

Mr. Thomas A. Edison shaking hands with winner of Grand Prix [runner]

Photoprint copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Sports Track; BI; Sports Racing; Shelf.

[Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing left, with family group]

[Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing l...

J239959 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by T.A.E. Inc.

[Thomas Edison, half-length portrait, facing left and looking down into glass, experimenting in his laboratory]

[Thomas Edison, half-length portrait, facing left and looking down int...

J239947 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by T.A.E. Inc.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full length, standing, facing left, with one of his inventions - The Ediphone, and Edwin C. Barnes(?). J249934 U.S. Copyright Office Photo by Lueder, copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. This record contains unveri... more

Thomas A. Edison with his dictating machine, and A.A. bratton.

Thomas A. Edison with his dictating machine, and A.A. bratton.

Photoprint by Lueder. Copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: B.I.; Inventions; Dictophone; Ph. Ind.

[Thomas Edison, seated beside phonograph]

[Thomas Edison, seated beside phonograph]

J24652 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by T.A.E. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf; PI; Phonographs.

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Full lgth., seated by phonograph, facing front. Photoprint copyrighted by Thomas A. Edison. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Phonographs; Phot... more

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931

1/2 length, seated, with first typewriting machine, facing front. J246954 U.S. Copyright Office This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Typewriters; PI; Shelf.

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, punching time clock on his 74th birthday anniversary,  February 11, 1921, standing, rear view]

[Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, punching time clock on his 74th birthd...

Photo copyrighted by T.A.E. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

[Thomas Alva Edison, half-length portrait, seated, facing left]

[Thomas Alva Edison, half-length portrait, seated, facing left]

J252121 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Bachrach.

[Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front]

[Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing fro...

J259124 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Bachrach.