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Workers standing in front of benches, assembling storage batteries.

Manufacturing storage batteries, 1915

Edison began working on storage batteries in 1899, intending that they be used to power automobiles. He finally marketed a successful alkaline battery in 1910. Although not suitable for autos, it was widely used in electric trucks and as back-up power in a number of applications.

SI negative #87-1649

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