Thank you, Mr. Edison / by Dave Hileman

This statue is in the courtyard of the world’s first industrial research laboratory located in West Orange, NJ. Today would be Edison’s 172nd birthday. He held 1093 patents including such daily staples as the light bulb, motion pictures, phonograph, hydro-electric generation, fluoroscope, as well as significant improvements in mining, batteries, concrete and much more. He also built the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria, that rotated to take advantage of the sun’s angle and control light. Edison Film Studio made nearly 1200 films.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park