A Brief, Animated Introduction to Thomas Edison (and Nikola Tesla)

Last year, Jeremiah Warren celebrated the 154th birthday of Nikola Tesla by creating (in less than 36 hours) a short, animated introduction to Tesla’s work, which contributed to the birth of commercial electricity. Now Warren turns to Thomas Edison, the great inventor, who gave us the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the long-lasting electric light bulb, among other inventions. Holding 1,093 US patents in his name, Edison is apparently the fourth most prolific inventor in history. And, it’s worth noting, he once employed Tesla before later becoming his rival.

In times past, we have highlighted Edison’s technology in action. Don’t miss Mark Twain Captured on Film by Thomas Edison (1909), Edison himself reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in an Early Voice Recording, Bike Tricks Caught on Film Courtesy of Mr. Edison, and The World’s First (and Slightly Scandalous) Hand-Tinted Motion Picture, another Edison creation.

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