Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor, 1889.
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actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor, 1889.

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This photograph depicts Edison speaking into the phonograph. Thomas Edison (1847-1931), 1889. This prolific American inventor registered over 1000 patents many of which were related to the development of electricity. His inventions - in collaboration with his staff - include the automatic telegraph, the electric lamp, the phonograph (gramophone) and the kinetoscope, an early form of cinematography.

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