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Menlo Park in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884

 
 
Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884 plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 16, 2018
1. Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884 plaque
Inscription.  
The foundations are of Thomas Alva Edisonís office here at the Menlo Park laboratory complex. The building was completed in early 1879 along with a brick machine shop. This building contained Edisonís massive library and in the basement was a vault (which still exists) in which Edison kept his most important papers and inventions from prying eyes. It was here that Edison met and entertained his most important guests such as financiers, politicians, entertainers, and of course the press. It was here that Edison hosted luminaries such as J.P Morgan and the great actress Sarah Burnhart (sic). Madame Burnhart (sic) was also take around the grounds and into the laboratory. She later called Edison the “Napoleon of Invention”. The laboratory building was where the public looked to see the wonders of Edisonís work, but the office was a private place where Edison and his workers could study and research without being interrupted by the public themselves. In fact, there was a special train from New York that took spectators to Menlo Park where they would stand in the street and wait and watch the great wizard as he went from building to
Thomas Edisonís Office foundation image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 16, 2018
2. Thomas Edisonís Office foundation
building. He was perhaps the nationís first superstar. The office stood on the corner of Woodbridge (now Tower) and Christie Street (sic). On December 31st 1879 Edison staged here the first public demonstration of his famous incandescent light and Christies Street became the first street in history to be so lighted.

Dedicated July 19, 2003 on the 126th Anniversary of recorded sound.

Edison Historic Preservation Commission
George A. Sporado Mayor
 
Erected 2003 by Edison Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine.
 
Location. 40° 33.797′ N, 74° 20.305′ W. Marker is in Menlo Park, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Christie Street and Tower Street, on the left when traveling west on Christie Street. Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 Christie St, Edison NJ 08837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sarah B. Jordan Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Invention of the Phonograph (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison and the Electric Railway
Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 8, 2020
3. Thomas Edisonís Office 1879 to 1884
Abandoned after the site closed
(within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Alva Edisonís Menlo Park Invention Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Alva Edison Menlo Park Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oak Tree Engagement and the Battle of the Short Hills (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Reuben Ayers House (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menlo Park.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Office and Library. Greenfield Village Open-Air Museum entry (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Thomas Edisonís Office image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 8, 2020
4. Thomas Edisonís Office
The reconstruction at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village
Thomas Edison image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 8, 2020
5. Thomas Edison
"The Napoleon of Invention" aka "The Wizard of Menlo Park"
Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park image. Click for full size.
By Google Earth, unknown
6. Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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