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Edison standing in a field amid waist-high rubber plants.

Edison with experimental rubber plants at Ft. Myers, 1929

One of Edison's later efforts centered on developing a domestic source for rubber. With encouragement and financial backing from his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, Edison obtained modest success using varieties of Goldenrod. The work continued at Ft. Myers for a few years after Edison's death.

SI negative #87-1719

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