"Edison Cast Concrete House," 1908-1915

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 and Orange Advocate Printery1908/1915

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The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

In 1899, after a failed attempt at ore mining, Thomas Edison formed the Edison Portland Cement Company. At his plant, Edison combined his mining operation's rock-crushing technology with new machinery he developed, like a more efficient cement kiln. These innovations drove overproduction in the cement industry, leading Edison to propose a radical use for the excess product -- concrete houses for working class families.

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  • Title: "Edison Cast Concrete House," 1908-1915
  • Creator: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931, Orange Advocate Printery
  • Date Created: 1908/1915
  • Location: United States, New Jersey, Orange
  • Subject Keywords: Advertising, Cement (Construction material), Concrete, Houses, Models (Representations), Brochures
  • Type: Documents
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Brochure
  • Object ID: 2017.0.11.1
  • Inventor: Thomas Edison
  • Invention: Concrete House
  • Image ID: THF267795
  • Field: Housing
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.