• Heavy Machine Shop

    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Curators' Curiosity Corner

About This Blog

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?

Two men standing by a trolley.

The storage battery provided electricity for train lighting, switching equipment, and railway signaling. Because it was an economical, lightweight option, it was used for a variety of tasks such as: powering telephone switchboards, emergency lights, truck and automobile lighting and ignition system.