Archive for February 11th, 2008

Happy birthday Thomas Edison

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Born February 11th, seek 1847 Edison would eventually be credited with 1093 patents over his 84 years. While many of these patents were improvements on other inventions or largely the work of his gifted employees there is no doubt of his profound effect on our way of life and the machines that surround us.

Shown here in 1888 while working on his photograph


A photograph of my circa 1920s Ediphone dictation machine (shown open to see the motor) – a close relative of his phonograph. There is a selector switch that allows it to run on both AC and DC currents during the period of the War Of the Currents.


Excellent New York Times article

Neatorama’s 10 Fascinating Facts About Edison

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