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Historical photos and drawings of Thomas Edison inventions

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What better way to learn about Thomas Edison inventions using actual photos and illustrations to make the world of a genius called Thomas Edison come alive.

The first great invention developed by Thomas Edison was the tin foil phonograph. A prolific producer, Edison is also know for his work with lightbulbs, electricity, film and audio devices, and much more.

In January 1869 Edison resigned his day job, intending to devote himself fulltime to inventing things. His first invention to receive a patent was the electric vote recorder, in June 1869. Daunted by politicians' reluctance to use the machine, he decided that in the future he would not waste time inventing things that no one wanted.

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Young Thomas EdisonYoung Thomas EdisonEdison's home, Menlo Park, New JerseyMenlo ParkSix views showing Menlo Park and exterior of Edison's laboratory, and electric light apparatusEdison at Menlo ParkEdison, head-and-shoulders portraitEdison portrait
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