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Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931)

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Inventor Thomas Alva Edison profoundly influenced modern life through inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. During his lifetime, he acquired 1,093 patents, and marketed many of his inventions to the public.

A brief biography of Edison is featured here, along with articles from journals of his day in which he offered his views on music, films, inventions, and other topics. Famous for his motion picture and recorded sound inventions, Edison himself appears here in a film (A Day with Thomas A. Edison) and on a disc recording (Let Us Not Forget).

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Life of Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931) | Timeline

Article: "Who's Who in the Film Game: Facts and Fancies About a Man You Know or Ought to Know," Nickelodeon, August 1, 1910, pp. 63-64. Sound Recording: Let Us Not Forget -- A Message to the American People by Thomas A. Edison, 1919
Article: "Edison Views the World at Seventy," Edison Diamond Points, February 1917, pp. 14-16. Film: A Day with Thomas A. Edison,
General Electric Co., 1922
Article: "New Aspects on the Art of Music," Edison Diamond Points, May 1917, pp. 12-14.

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