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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.

 

Year of Innovation: November's Featured Exhibit is Menlo Park

November 18, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

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. November's featured exhibit highlights Edison's work at Menlo Park.

 

Featured Manuscript: Unnamed Edison Employee Jots Down Memoirs in Lab Notebook

November 06, 2013 Posted by: Bruce Spadaccini, Museum Technician

The unnamed Edison employee who wrote this lengthy entry, dated May 31, 1916, turned a laboratory notebook upside down and began writing from the end of the volume. The front of the notebook has twenty to thirty pages of drawings of phonograph horns, probably by another hand. The entry is fascinating as it chronicles some of the travels of this self-proclaimed 28-year old bachelor.

 

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?

Fluoroscope

Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”