Description: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was born in this brick house in Milan, Ohio on February 11, 1847. Edison's parents sold the home when they moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1854, but his sister, Marion Edison Page, purchased it in 1894. Thomas Edison became the owner of his birthplace in 1906. Ironically, the house was still lit by candles and lamps upon Edison's last visit in 1923. After his death, his wife and daughter worked to open the home as a museum and memorial to Thomas Edison. The Edison Birthplace Museum opened in 1947 on the 100th anniversary of Thomas Edison's birth. This photograph measures 2.75" x 2.75" (6.99 x 6.99 cm). View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om3114_3737152_001 Subjects: Science and Technology; Architecture; Houses; Inventors; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Places: Milan (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio)
Description: Thomas Alva Edison was one of the greatest inventors of all of history. Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. As a child, he lived in Milan and Port Huron, Michigan. The home in Milan where Edison was born was built in 1842, sold by Edison’s parents in 1854, repurchased by his his sister Marian Edison Page in 1894, and bought by Thomas Edison in 1906.
Edison invented the carbon transmitter, which greatly improved the telephone. He also invented quadruplex telegraphy and the phonograph. His invention of the incandescent light bulb led Edison to create elaborate generation plants for electricity, helping make electricity available in many people's homes. He invented the kinetoscope -- the precursor to the film projector -- in 1891. During World War I, Edison helped develop new weapons for the United States military. By the time of his death on October 18, 1931, Edison had received over one thousand patents. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B02F02_026_1 Subjects: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931--Birth; Milan (Ohio)--History; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931--Archives--Catalogs Places: Milan (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio)
Description: This photograph shows an exterior view of the house where inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. The house has window shutters and an open porch with an assembly of chairs, a bench, and a small table. The Edison birthplace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As a child, Edison lived in Milan and in Port Huron, Michigan. Although Edison received only three months of formal schooling, he became one of the greatest inventors of all time. Edison's inventions forever changed people's lives. Electric lights allowed people to remain active at night, whether it be reading, dancing, or listening to Edison's phonograph. Previously, with only candles or fireplaces to light homes, most people simply went to sleep once nightfall arrived. Factories also began to use electricity and electric lights. Now factories could remain open twenty-four hours per day, and soon the workday became divided into three eight-hour shifts. His improvements to the telegraph and telephone also helped make communication easier around the entire world.
This image of Edison’s birthplace is among the photographs produced by the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935 and 1943. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL06394 Subjects: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931; Milan (Ohio); Historic houses; National Register of Historic Places; United States. Work Progress Administration Places: Milan (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio)
Description: Thomas Edison, a native of Milan, Ohio, invented and patented this phonograph. It was Edison's favorite invention. He created what he called the "Speaking phonograph" while working on improvements to Alexander Graham Bell's telephone in 1877. He did not market the machine for another ten years, however, so that he could concentrate on his next invention, the electric light. This oak and metal tabletop phonograph was made between 1915 and 1930 and measures 19.68 by 15.74 by 14.96 inches (50 by 40 by 38 cm). Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was born in Milan, Ohio. He gained fame as an inventor, registering a total of 1,093 patents for such innovations as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the moving picture camera. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1480_1164701_001 Subjects: Science and Technology; Inventions; Inventors; Phonograph; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Places: Milan (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio)
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Description: This 8.5" by 11" (21.59 by 27.94 cm) image depicts Thomas Alva Edison visiting his birthplace in Milan, Ohio on August 11, 1923. The Edison family moved to Canada at the end of the American Revolution with others who had taken the side of the British king rather than the American colonists. In the 1830s, the family was forced to flee Canada due to Edison's father Samuel's participation in the unsuccessful Papineau-MacKenzie Rebellion against the Canadian government. Samuel and Nancy Elliot Edison and their children settled first in Milan, Ohio and then in Port Huron, Michigan. Edison (1847-1931) gained fame as an inventor, registering a total of 1,093 patents for such innovations as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the moving picture camera. As a boy, Edison was boxed in the ears by an angry train conductor after he destroyed a box car when his science experiments exploded. Edison pointed to the incident as the cause of his loss of hearing, which worsened throughout his life. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1495_1160563_001 Subjects: Science and Technology; Daily Life; Architecture; Inventors; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931; Houses Places: Milan (Ohio); Erie County (Ohio)
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