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Edison and 12 of his associates seated in front of the Menlo Park Lab's pipe-organ.

Inside the Menlo Park laboratory, February 1880; Edison seated left of center.

Notice that the overhead gas lamps have already been replaced by electric lights. Various pieces of experimental apparatus lie on the work benches, and chemicals are in bottles in racks along the wall. Edison often played the organ (against the rear wall) for relaxation, most notably after a long evening of work when they would stop for a meal at midnight.

Left to Right: Ludwig Boehm, Charles Clark, Charles Batchelor, William Carman, Samuel Mott, George Dean, Edison, Charles Hughes, George Hill, George Carman, Francis Jehl, John Lawson, Charles Flammer, Charles Mott, James Mackenzie

SI negative #80-16718

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