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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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Below are links to a variety of pages that will provide information about Thomas Edison National Historical Park. For all press-related inquiries, please e-mail our Media Contact.

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Park Overview
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Preserve Historic Buildings and Collections Partnership Project 2009

New Laboratory Complex Opens
Project Facts & Figures
Project Summary

Did You Know?

1888s photo of the Black Maria - the world's first motion picture studio.

West Orange, NJ, was the birthplace of motion pictures. In 1893, Thomas Edison built the first building for the recording of motion pictures. It was dubbed THE BLACK MARIA. It got its name because it was large and black and looked like the police wagons of the day, which were called black marias.