Edison's steam dynamo, 1891.
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Engraving by Kohl after Chauvet. American inventor Thomas Edison's (1847-1931) Pearl Street Station in New York used steam dynamos to produce electricity for lighting. One of his steam dynamos was exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1882 in London. Illustration from 'Electricity and Magnetism' by Amedee Guillemin (1826-1893), published in London in 1891.