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West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pattern Shop

Building 3

 
 
Pattern Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
1. Pattern Shop Marker
Inscription. Within this building carpenters shaped wood models, or patterns. From these wooden pieces, Edison and his employees made the parts for working models, specialized machinery, and other devices. The skilled workers in the Pattern Shop and other shops linked the ideas of the laboratory to the mass-production of the factories.

The front of Building 3 once stored chemical supplies. In the Blacksmith Shop (Building 7, to your left) workers forged parts for inventions and laboratory machinery. With his resources at West Orange, Edison claimed he could “build anything from a ladyís watch to a Locomotive . . . . Inventions that formerly took months & cost a large sum can now be done [in] 2 or 3 days with very little expense.”
 
Erected by Edison National Historic Site, National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 47.023′ N, 74° 14.01′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chemistry Laboratory (a few steps from this marker);
Marker at the Edison National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
2. Marker at the Edison National Historic Site
The Pattern Shop is the building on the right. The Blacksmith Shop, where workers forged parts for inventions and laboratory machinery, is seen in the center rear of this photo.
Metallurgical Laboratory (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith Shop – Building 7 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Courtyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Truck of the First Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Truck of the Second Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Main Gate (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Orange.
 
More about this marker. A photograph at the bottom of the marker shows “The Pattern Shop staff in 1917.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers found at the Laboratory Complex of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey. Nation
Building 3 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
3. Building 3
The Pattern Shop marker is seen here on the left of building 3.
Park Service website. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Inside the Pattern Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
4. Inside the Pattern Shop
Inside the Pattern Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
5. Inside the Pattern Shop
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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