Edison Dynamo Used on S.S. Columbia, 1880


The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

For Thomas Edison, successful experimental results were but a prelude to continual improvements that would lead to commercial implementation. This dynamo is from the first lighting system he sold -- installed on a ship, four months after the December 1879 experimental demonstration. Its crude finish, at odds with the highly advanced technology it embodied, suggests Edison's impatient eagerness to move from experiment to market.


  • Title: Edison Dynamo Used on S.S. Columbia, 1880
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Subject Keywords: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931, Columbia (Steamship), Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, Electric lighting, Steamships, Inventions, Firsts, Generators
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=13686
  • Object Name: Electric generator
  • Object ID: 30.1123.2
  • Image ID: THF93505
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of General Electric Company.

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