THOMAS ALVA EDISON Signed b/w photo of a copyrighted portrait of Edison, imprinted with ” T.A.E.” in the lower left corner. Photograph inscribed and signed: “To R. H. Weeks/Thos A Edison”. B/w, 8×10 overall, image 6¼x7½ (one surface). Imprinted on image in white: ” T.A.E.” This is a photograph of a portrait of Edison. The portrait itself was copyrighted by Edison, hence the imprint. Edison (1847-1931) patented more than a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, phonograph (his favorite invention), mimeograph, alkaline storage battery and microphone. In 1890, he invented the Vitascope, and Edison is credited with establishing the standard of using 35mm film with four perforations on the edges. He produced talking motion pictures in 1913. In 1887, Edison had set up his facility dedicated to research and development in West Orange, New Jersey. By the following year, it was the world’s largest scientific testing laboratory. His original laboratory, in Menlo Park, New Jersey, was removed to the Greenfield Village Museum in Dearborn, Michigan by his friend, Henry Ford, in 1929. Lightly creased. Flaws in negative have been reproduced on photo. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 279720
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