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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Edison and The Rise of Innovation

Year of Innovation

Year of Innovation

The man who engineered the modern world comes to life like never before in "Edison and The Rise of Innovation", a new book published by Sterling Signature in October 2013.
Perhaps America’s first business celebrity, Edison was more than history’s most prolific inventor. By combining his technical genius with well-equipped labs, skilled workers, and a knack for self-promotion, Edison created a world-renowned brand and revolutionized the way we develop new technologies. Featuring the vast collections of Thomas Edison National Historical Park and photographs from the Henry Ford Museum, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and other historic sites, park archivist Leonard DeGraaf offers a fresh look at Edison's long career, from his formative years as a telegraph inventor in the early 1870s to his extraordinarily productive years at his West Orange laboratory. Exhibiting rare and never-before-seen color photographs, advertisements, and laboratory notebook excerpts, this lush volume reveals the iconic inventor and entrepreneur as never before.

Did You Know?

megalethoscope

Did you know before Edison invented the phonograph people entertained themselves with a device called the megalethoscope. This device was used to view photographs through a large lens, which creates an optical illusion to create dramatic visual effects.