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THOMAS EDISON - THE WIZARD OF MENLO PARK

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Thomas Alva Edison’s life was marked by overcoming numerous obstacles. His overly curious nature forced him to abandon traditional education at a young age. His parents took over the delivery of his education but it was not long before his knowledge and understanding surpassed theirs. After Edison proved insatiable, even under the direction of a tutor, his parents taught him howto use library resources and Edison began to thrive with independent study. He made his own rules. He accepted nothing at face value. Thomas Edison also knew that there was always another layer, a deeper, more complex issue to address.

Thomas Edison

YOUNG THOMAS EDISON DEMONSTRATES HIS PHONOGRAPH

As a youth, Thomas Edison used a combination of strong will and innate abilities to create new opportunities for himself. Edison created a newspaper from news bulletins and sold it to travelers while he worked on a train. Learning Morse Code prompted him to experiment with several methods of communication. Some may find it ironic that it was Edison, who was almost completely deaf, invented the first phonograph. It was at this juncture that he was given the affectionate title of the “Wizard of Menlo Park.” Edison used the proceeds from this project to develop a high-tech telegraph which he sold to Western Union. Fotunately, their initial offer was more than double his anticipated asking price.

After hiring engineers to work with him in his research lab, Edison made even more progress, inventing the carbon microphone which continued to be the main component in telephones and microphones for the next 50 years.

Edison Light Bulb

EDISON'S ELECTRIC LAMP ON DISPLAY AT THE US PATENT & TRADEMARK OFFICE

Although it is widely believed that Edison invented the light bulb; he did not. The concept had already been developed but the existing versions had an exceptionally short lifespan. Edison improved on the existing concept, and produced the first commercially practical incandescent light. He continued to experiment with different filament materials until he perfected it.

aging Thomas Edison

THE GREAT THOMAS EDISON -CAUGHT CANDIDLY IN A MOMENT OF RELAXATION

Once the world had seen what Edison could do with the light bulb, numerous businessmen rushed to him with support. The next development was electrical power distribution which Edison implemented in New York, London and Paris. This period of his life was wrought with controversy over intellectual property and competition with other engineers. In the end, Edison’s genius was no match for his peers. There was no obstacle he couldn’t overcome, and no problem that he could not solve.

Every scientist and engineer knows that there is no experiment that does not incur some level of risk. Edison realized the full potential of his fluoroscope, which significantly improved the  existing x-ray technology. Unfortunately, in the process of experimentation, Edison was nearly blinded and his assistant suffered severely and eventually died from excessive radiation exposure.

Thomas Edison

THOMAS EDISON  - AMERICA'S MOST PERSISTENT AND TALENTED INVENTOR

Edison then turned his attention to photography. Working closely with his employees, Edison’s team developed the first motion picture camera and viewer. This amazing development quickly spread throughout Europe. Edison thoroughly enjoyed his silent film and was disappointed by the subsequent addition of sound.

The lot of his accomplishments is beyond comparison. With developments in telecommunications, electricity, sound recording, and movies, he also contributed to developments in mining and cement construction. His innovative theories and practices were not guided by any prior patterns. Edison proved that what could be imagined could be created. Many of the modern conveniences we take for granted to this very day can be traced back to Thomas Edison.

 Framed photo of Thomas Edison

RARE SIGNED PORTRAIT OF INVENTOR THOMAS EDISON

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection contains many symbols of America’s role as a leader in technology and innovation. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired an actual photograph (9-1/2” X 11-1/2”) of Thomas Alva Edison seated in a chair in his library. The portrait itself  features the original bold ink signature of Thomas Edison. The matte is a stunning mauve hand-wrapped Sorvino silk, protected by an elegant gold-leaf frame.

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SIGNED PHOTO - THOMAS EDISON - THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION -

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, May 08, 2011 @ 03:10 PM

America's most Prolific Inventor was Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931).  Featured - and archivally framed & hand-wrapped with Sorvino Silk, is a 9 x 5" x 11.5" Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison.

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Edison was a Genius in the practical application of scientific principle and is considered perhaps the Greatest Productive Inventor of All–Time. Thomas Edison's formal education was limited to almost nothing.  But rather like Abraham Lincoln, there was a Genius always lurking within.  And in total truth, Edison was a self-made man.

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 Edison was perhaps most notably known for the Invention of the phonograph and the incandescent illuminating bulb.  Edison's other Inventions included the alkaline storage battery and a system of telegraphy for communicating with moving trains.  Edison's northern Laboratory was based in West Orange, New Jersey, although he also had a smaller one in Fort Myers, Florida. There Edison joined other Great Americans, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone; as they sometimes saw each other as they winter vacationed in Fort Myer, Florida.

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Edison's various companies ultimately merged to form the Edison General Electric Company - now known as The General Electric Company.  During Thomas Edison's Extraordinary lifetime he was Granted well over 1000 Patents - A record that stands until this day.

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Although available for purchase soon, this near Mint Condition Signed example of Thomas Alva Edison, has been, for 25 years, in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.

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