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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- 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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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "Real Money In a Good Name,"
Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE),
November 26, 1904, Part 1, Page 4, Image 4, col. 1-2.
- "Thomas A. Edison, the Inventor,"
Chariton Courier (Keytesville, MO),
March 15, 1907, Magazine supplement, Page 3, Image 1,, col. 1-4.
- "The World's Greatest Man,"
Evening Star (Washignton, DC),
October 6, 1912, Page 5, Image 33, col. 1-3.
- "Helen Keller To Work With Thomas Edison,"
The Day Book (Chicago, IL),
January 27, 1914, Noon Edition, Page 23, Image 23, col. 1.
- "What war Engines Has Edison Up His Sleeve?,"
The Ogden Standard (Ogden City, UT),
July 3, 1915, 4 P.M. City Edition, Magazine Section, Page 15, Image 15, col. 1-7.
- "Tom Edison, New U.S. Naval Expert, On Board Battelship,"
The Day Book (Chicago, IL),
July 15, 1915, Last Edition, Page 31, Image 31, col. 1-2.
- "Bind the Home Ties Closer,"
The Commoner (Lincoln, NE),
June 1, 1916, Page 32, Image 32, col. 1-2.
- "Thomas A. Edison, Builder of Civilization,"
The Washington Times (Washington, DC),
October 23, 1917, Final Edition, Page 11, Image 11, col. 1-3.
- "Growing Old is Unnecessary Says Thos. Edison, 73 Today,"
The Topeka State Journal (Topeka, KS),
February 11, 1920, Home Edition, Page 10, Image 10, col. 2-3.