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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.

Featured Artifact: Miller Family Photo Album

March 25, 2014 Posted by: Beth Miller, Curator of Glenmont

Tucked away on the third floor of the Edison family home is a photo album featuring Mina's relatives. Learn more about it from this post by the curator of Glenmont.

 

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.