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Collection Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies


Inventor Thomas Alva Edison profoundly influenced modern life through inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. During his lifetime, he acquired 1,093 patents, and marketed many of his inventions to the public.

A brief biography of Edison is featured here, along with articles from journals of his day in which he offered his views on music, films, inventions, and other topics. Famous for his motion picture and recorded sound inventions, Edison himself appears here in a film (A Day with Thomas A. Edison) and on a disc recording (Let Us Not Forget).