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Unknown [Photograph of Edison Machine Works building]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07616.05 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph signed Date: 1881 Pagination: 1 albumen : b&w ; 45.6 x 55.8 cm.

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Summary of Content: Signed by principal lighting engineer, Charles L. Clarke. Ink inscription on mount reads, "Edison Machine Works, Goerck St., New York City, Photo, 1881." Edison established his Machine Works factory in 1881 to produce dynamos and other electrical machinery for use in his Edison Electric Light Company plants around the country. Due to increasing demands on the factory, Edison Machine Works moved in 1886 from its initial location in New York City to Schenectady, NY. In 1889, Edison Machine Works merged with Edison's other electric companies to form Edison General Electric, which took the shortened name of General Electric in 1892.

Background Information:

People: Edison, Thomas Alva, 1847-1931
Clarke, Charles L., fl. 1881

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Science and TechnologyInventionInventorIndustryElectricityPhotographyBusiness and FinanceArchitectureNew York

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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