Year of Innovation - Invention Factory

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee, and Edison?

In December, 2014, Mark Twain's classic novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was 125 years old. Since its original publication, it has been reissued innumerable times and has been adapted for film, radio, television, and even into a Rodgers-and-Hart Broadway musical. Twain wrote the novel over a three-year period in the late 1880s, just at the time Thomas A. Edison was preparing his new wax-cylinder phonograph for commercial production. Read more...

Edison Papers and Innovation

Check out Edison and the Rise of Innovation, a series which explores our documents as a compliment to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park programs. Want to know more about New Jersey's Innovative Spirit? Check out 350 Days of New Jersey Innovation.

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Lewis Latimer and Edison

A self-taught draftsman and inventor, Lewis Latimer joined the Edison electrical company in the mid-1880 and worked as an engineer and patent investigator. Read more here.

Did Edison invent "hello?"

When Bell was first experimenting with the telephone, he used “Ahoy!” as a greeting. In August 1877, Edison wrote: "Hello! can be heard 10 to 20 feet away." The word quickly caught on!