"Mrs. Jordan's Boarding House, Menlo Park, N.J.--September 1879"

Summary

The Menlo Park complex was an all-male environment; the closest workaday involvement of women -- not forgetting that Edison and several of his personnel were married -- was at the Sarah Jordan boardinghouse. Offering room and board for unmarried employees at the complex, it was operated by Sarah Jordan, a distant relative of Edison's. The house also played host to the experimental lighting system installed throughout Menlo Park in December 1879.

The Menlo Park complex was an all-male environment; the closest workaday involvement of women -- not forgetting that Edison and several of his personnel were married -- was at the Sarah Jordan boardinghouse. Offering room and board for unmarried employees at the complex, it was operated by Sarah Jordan, a distant relative of Edison's. The house also played host to the experimental lighting system installed throughout Menlo Park in December 1879.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

September 1879

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

EI.1929.2860

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.563 in

Width: 11 in

Inscriptions

front, at top: MRS JORDAN'S BOARDING HOUSE Menlo Park, N.J. ~ September 1879 front, bottom of photograph: 1-Aleck Mungle, 2-Anton Westerdall, 3-Lawson, 4-Wm J. Hammer, 5-Mrs. Jordan's Daughter, 6-Mrs. Jordan, 7-Wm. Holzer, 8-Frank Holzer, 9-Mr. Mills, 10-Dave Hickman, 11-Thos. Edison Jr., 12-thomas Logan, 13-Aleck Campbell verso: note: electric street light in front & larger trees. Electric street light put in Dec. 1879.

Sarah Jordan Boarding House

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