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Edison, with Mina and three men, stands beside a table on a dais. A microphone and his original phonograph are on the table.

Receiving a Congressional Gold Medal honoring his achievements, 1928

Largely through the work of Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, Congress awarded Edison a special Gold Medal at a ceremony at West Orange in 1928. President Calvin Coolidge gave the opening address. The photograph shows (left to right) Ronald Campbell, from the British Embassy, who was there to return the original phonograph that Edison had lent to the Science Museum in London 45 years before; Andrew Mellon; Mina Edison; Edison; and John Hibben, President of Princeton University.

SI negative #87-1700

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