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

Black Maria Replica

 
 
Black Maria Replica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
1. Black Maria Replica Marker
Inscription.  
This building is a replica of the original “Black Maria”, the world's first motion picture studio.

Dedicated to the memory of Thomas Alva Edison the founder of the motion picture industry.
 
Erected 1954.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1836.
 
Location. 40° 47.056′ N, 74° 14.022′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Making Movies (here, next to this marker); The Black Maria (here, next to this marker); The Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); Edison Cement Slab (a few steps from this marker); The Truck of the Second Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (a few steps from this marker);

Black Maria Replica Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
2. Black Maria Replica Marker
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Thomas Edison’s West Orange Laboratory (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Edison Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Truck of the First Commercial Electric Railroad Locomotive. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
 
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 Park Service website. (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Markers in Edison National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
3. Markers in Edison National Historic Site
Several markers can be found at this location. The Black Maria Replica marker can be seen at the doorwar of the structure.
The Black Maria image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
4. The Black Maria
The slanted roof on the right of the structure could be opened to allow sunlight on the stage while filming. The wooden tracks seen at the base of the building were used to rotate the structure to follow the movement of the sun.
The Black Maria image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2009
5. The Black Maria
This photo of the Black Maria replica was taken from Main Street. The water tower seen in the background was the location of the original Black Maria.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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