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October 1, 1880

In 1880, Thomas Edison opened the first electric incandescent lamp factory in the U.S. in Menlo Park, N.J.  The Edison Lamp Works produced more than 130,000 bulbs by the time the plant was moved to Harrison, N.J. on 1 Apr 1882.

 Books in our collection

Thomas A. Edison and the modernization of America / Martin V. Melosi    TK140.E3 M625 2008

The Wizard of Menlo Park : how Thomas Alva Edison invented the modern world / Randall Stross   TK140.E3 S76 2007

Edison’s electric light : biography of an invention / Robert Friedel & Paul Israel with Bernard S. Finn   TK4351 .F75 1985