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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.

A Clipping from the Archive: "Cigarette Champion Challenges Edison"

September 28, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

In 1914, Thomas Edison instituted a new policy in his West Orange laboratory prohibiting the smoking of cigarettes. This, and comments he shared with his friend Henry Ford, sparked off a public debate over cigarette smoking.

 

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.