[MBSB21119], Interview, Thomas Alva Edison, January 30th, 1879


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[MBSB21119], Interview, Thomas Alva Edison, January 30th, 1879

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NY Herald interview about Elight experiments and progress. Claims to have produced "highest temperature that has ever been made by artificial means," melting lime and iridium with carbon points. ELight is "assured success." Responds to gas officials' skepticism saying it will take time to put electric system in place. Compares complexity of gas and Elight systems. Promises to have lamp & generator design perfected and ready for public demo within a year. Replies to British claims about impossibility of subdividing light. Discusses time needed for inventions: "none of what he calls his `goood inventions' have been finished inside of two years. A new telephone that he has just completed he has had two men engaged upon steadily for over two years, and until within six weeks he said it was a perfect failure. The phonograph has taken over two years, and is not yet perfected..."




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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