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Topics in Chronicling America - Thomas Edison

Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor, with over a hundred patents under his name. He developed world-changing innovations including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb. Read more about him!

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Important Dates:

  • November 1904: Thomas Edison blocks an attempt of grafters to fleece the public, in an attempt to protect his name.
  • March 1907: Thomas Edison celebrates his sixtieth birthday, and he is celebrated for his accomplishments.
  • October 1912: A short biographical account of Edison’s life is documented through words and illustrations by Harry Furniss.
  • January 27, 1914: Thomas Edison begins working with Helen Keller on an invention that will allow the blind to read newspapers.
  • July 3, 1915: Thomas Edison claims that his secret discoveries in electricity and gases will play a large role in the war.
  • July 1915: Thomas Edison is appointed head of the Naval Bureau of Inventions and Development.
  • June 1, 1916: An advertisement appears for the Edison Diamond Amberola, a musical recorder and player.
  • October 23, 1917: Thomas Edison is honored during “Edison Week” for all of his remarkable inventions and accomplishments.
  • February 11, 1920: Thomas Edison, aged 73, speaks about how to accept old age and enjoy it with a diet of work and success.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Thomas Edison, Thomas A. Edison, Edison, inventor.

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