Photo Gallery: Edison's Technology

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By the time Thomas Edison was 23, his passion to experiment and develop new inventions had earned him a number of patents. Although not all of Edison's creations were popular or useful enough to be mass-produced, many paved the way for future technology. The images in this gallery show advertisements and uses of a few of the mechanisms Edison created.

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Advertisment for Edison's dictating machine

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"Model F" phonograph

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Edison using one of his motion picture cameras

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Edison using the telescribe machine

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Man using a sound version of the kinetoscope

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Women listening to an Edison portable phonograph

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A film still from the motion picture "Charlie's Reform"

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Selling Edison cylinder records

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