Edison Machine Works, Goerck Street, New York, New York, 1881

Summary

In 1881, Thomas Edison formed the Edison Machine Works to produce dynamos that would generate the electricity used to light homes and businesses outfitted with his newly-invented incandescent lamps. In addition to making direct current generators, Edison Machine Works employees designed, and tested new equipment. Nikola Tesla worked there for six months in 1884 before leaving to develop an alternating current arc lighting system.

In 1881, Thomas Edison formed the Edison Machine Works to produce dynamos that would generate the electricity used to light homes and businesses outfitted with his newly-invented incandescent lamps. In addition to making direct current generators, Edison Machine Works employees designed, and tested new equipment. Nikola Tesla worked there for six months in 1884 before leaving to develop an alternating current arc lighting system.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1881

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.14617

Credit

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

Material

Gelatin Silver

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11.25 in

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