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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Poetry, Short Stories, Readings

Uncle Tom's cabin - Entrance of Topsy
Performed by: Len Spencer and company
Written by: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-572 (A- .15)
Release date: December 1910
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36848

In de mornin' & Jes gib him one ob mine
Performed by: Edward Sterling Wright
Written by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Record format: Edison Blue Amberol cylinder
Release number: 2235 (.3)
Release date: April 1914
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 34435
** Historical note: Edward Sterling Wright was an African-American actor educated at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. His recitations helped to introduce and popularize the works of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Antony's address over the body of Caesar
Performed by: Harry E. Humphrey
Written by: William Shakespeare
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 3049-B-1-1
Recording date: 1914
Release number: 50211-R
Release date: c. June 1915
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40512

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Did You Know?

Building 11 reconstructed in the laboratory courtyard.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park has one of the most traveled buildings in the Park Service. Building #11 was shipped to the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI in 1940 at the request of Henry Ford. No longer needed, it was shipped back to the park in 2003. - In all, it traveled 1200 miles.