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Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory

 
 
Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
1. Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory Marker
Inscription.
The Invention Factory

In the fall of 1887, Thomas Edison moved into his new laboratory complex in the town of West Orange, N.J. For the next 44 years Edison directed teams of research assistants in his “Invention Factory” and created a model for modern research and development laboratories.

Today, New Jerseyís urban growth almost hides this historic site. Yet these brick buildings reveal the story of Thomas Edison, those who worked with him, and the inventions they produced.
 
Location. 40° 47.044′ N, 74° 14.026′ 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 on the grounds of the 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. The Truck of the Second Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (a few steps from this marker); The Truck of the First Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (a few steps from this marker); The Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); Black Maria Replica (a few steps from
Building 11 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
2. Building 11
this marker); Making Movies (within shouting distance of this marker); The Black Maria (within shouting distance of this marker); The Main Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Chemistry Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Orange.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of the Laboratory Complex, indicating the location of the marker. The left side displays photographs of various sites in the complex, including the Gatehouse, Chemistry Lab, Pattern Shop, Library, Stockroom, Machine Shop, Music Room, Building 4, Building 11 and the Black Maria.
 
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 . . .
1. Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey. Nation Park Service website. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Thomas Edison and the phonograph - 1877. Edison
Building 2 – Chemistry Laboratory image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
3. Building 2 – Chemistry Laboratory
Thomas Edison and his chemists experimented on everything from phonograph records to rubber in this building.
reciting "Mary had a little lamb", the first recording he made on his phonograph. (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Inside the Pattern Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
4. Inside the Pattern Shop
In the Pattern Shop, Edison's carpenters shaped wood models, which were used to make the parts for working models, specialized machinery, and other devices.
Thomas Edisonís Library image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
5. Thomas Edisonís Library
The desk of Thomas Edison is seen here in his private library in building 6. His portrait hangs above the fireplace.
Stockroom image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
6. Stockroom
Edison did not want to wait for raw materials when working on his experiments, so he kept the stockroom filled with anything he might need.
Thomas Edisonís Heavy Machine Shop image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
7. Thomas Edisonís Heavy Machine Shop
The heavy machine shop was located on the first floor of building 6. On the second floor was the precision machine shop, where more intricate items such as ladies' watches were constructed.
Music Room image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
8. Music Room
Thomas Edison spent much of his time in the Music Room in Building 6.
The Black Maria image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
9. The Black Maria
The Black Maria was the worldís first motion picture studio. Thomas Edison would make short films in this building by opening the roof to let sunlight illuminate the stage while filming.
Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory image. Click for full size.
By Scott Sather, October 25, 2009
10. Thomas Edisonís West Orange Laboratory
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,232 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   10. submitted on , by Scott Sather of Salem, Oregon. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016.
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