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Photo-portrait of a smiling Thomas Edison.

   
Edison at 80, in 1927

As is noted in the introduction, Edison's career coincided with the widespread use of photography. During his lifetime he sat several times for professional portrait photographers. In addition, most of the time there was a photographer at the laboratory, recording the historic course of events.
 

SI negative #87-1733
 
 

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The Challenge of Success
Before Forty
Changes At Forty
Home Life
The New Technical World
Fame And Its Distractions
Edison In His Eighties