Daguerreotype of Thomas Edison as a Child, 1851

Summary

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 to former schoolteacher Nancy Elliot Edison and Samuel Edison, Jr., who ran a shingle mill and grain business in Milan, Ohio. He was the couple's seventh and last child (three older siblings died in early childhood). This daguerreotype, taken around age four, is the first known portrait of the future inventor.

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 to former schoolteacher Nancy Elliot Edison and Samuel Edison, Jr., who ran a shingle mill and grain business in Milan, Ohio. He was the couple's seventh and last child (three older siblings died in early childhood). This daguerreotype, taken around age four, is the first known portrait of the future inventor.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1851

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.13016.B

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Width: 8.25 in

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