Elihu Thomson and American Electric Company staff

General Electric Company1880/1882

Museum of Innovation & Science

Museum of Innovation & Science
Schenectady, United States

Elihu Thomson sits on the lowest step of the porch of the boarding house where much of the staff lived in New Britain, CT. E.W. Rice, Jr. is seated above Thomson's left shoulder. Investors convinced Thomson to move to Connecticut and form the American Electric Company in 1880. The business was on the verge of failure in 1883 when Charles Coffin, a shoe factory owner in Lynn, MA took an interest, moved the business to Lynn, and renamed it Thomson-Houston.


  • Title: Elihu Thomson and American Electric Company staff
  • Creator: General Electric Company
  • Date Created: 1880/1882
  • Location: New Britain, Connecticut
  • Physical Dimensions: 8 x 10
  • Subject Keywords: Elihu Thomson, Electricity, Electrical industry, Inventors
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: General Electric Company
  • Rights: This digital image may be used for educational uses. Please cite as miSci- Museum of Innovation & Science. Prior written permission is required for any other use of the images from miSci.

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