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Thomas A. Edison

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

 

Biography

Thomas Alva Edison was one of the world’s great inventors, and it is a small wonder that he was hailed as the Wizard of Menlo Park by his contemporaries. Edison was responsible for creating the stock ticker, the first copy machines, the incandescent light bulb, the carbon transmitter/microphone (which made Alexander Bell’s telephone viable), and the phonograph. He also oversaw the development of the first devices for filming and exhibiting motion pictures. His movies had their genesis in his enormous West Orange, NJ, laboratory when he came up with the idea of recording moving pictures much in the way that his phonograph recorded live sounds. The invention, called the Edison Kinetophongraph or Kinetophone, was actually developed by Edison’s assistant, W.K.L. Dickson in 1889. Dickson based his design on the European Zoetrope, a hand-turned cylinder covered with photographic images on glass plates. The first kinetophonograph used strips of celluloid film invented by John Carbutt, but… read more

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Neuron

13Feb12

Needs "A Trip To Mars" as it plays an interesting role in film history.

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Johnny DuBiel

7Apr11

agreed with the other poster... Where's 'Frankenstein'???

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Anastasia

12Apr10

More Edison films!!!

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