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This blog features articles and projects written by the Cultural Resources staff and interns here at Thomas Edison NHP. Unique artifacts and documents, as well as interesting projects, will be featured here.

Year of Innovation: March's Featured Exhibit is Edison's Ore Milling Business

March 01, 2014 Posted by: Carla Eilo, Intern

Thomas Edison NHP is celebrating a "Year of Innovation", using the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey as an opportunity to showcase unique artifacts from the collection. March's featured exhibit is Edison's ore milling business. Featured are historic photographs from the mine in Ogdensburg, NJ as well as an iron ore briquette and a journal kept by Edison associate Charles Batchelor.

 

Did You Know?

The talking doll that Edison sold had a ceramic head and metal body.

Was Teddy Ruxpin the first talking doll? Think again. Some of the first phonographs that Thomas made were actually talking dolls. The dolls were 18" tall and each had a very small phonograph in its body. The dolls repeated nursery rhymes. You could even buy dolls that spoke different languages.