Thomas Edison Experimenting with Goldenrod as an Alternative Source of Rubber, Florida, 1929

Summary

In the 1920s, Thomas Edison began his search for a home-grown source of rubber. The U.S. imported rubber from Southeast Asia and the East Indies and Edison wanted a ready source in case America's supply was cut off. Edison experimented with a variety of plants at his Fort Myers, Florida and West Orange, New Jersey laboratories. Goldenrod proved most promising.

In the 1920s, Thomas Edison began his search for a home-grown source of rubber. The U.S. imported rubber from Southeast Asia and the East Indies and Edison wanted a ready source in case America's supply was cut off. Edison experimented with a variety of plants at his Fort Myers, Florida and West Orange, New Jersey laboratories. Goldenrod proved most promising.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

26 May 1929

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.O.14153

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: 4.75 in

Width: 6.75 in

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