The Story of Thomas A. Edison (Google eBook)

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Barse & Hopkins, 1922 - 182 pages
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Page 75 - Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow, And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure to go.
Page 101 - Edison's great effort not to make a large light or a blinding light, but a small light having the mildness of gas." "Object, Edison to effect exact imitation of all done by gas, so as to replace lighting by gas by lighting by electricity.
Page 108 - ... liquid solution, there was always a danger of freezing in the cold weather. So I set to work to negative this difficulty and succeeded, as I thought, by putting an incandescent lamp in each meter with a thermostat strip, which would make a contact through the lamp when the temperature fell to 40 degrees. That idea, simple as it was, caused us a whole lot of trouble. The weather became cold, and then the telephone in our office began to ring every five minutes and people would say " ' Our...
Page 51 - ... This worked well until they put a new man on at the Cincinnati end. He was one of the quickest despatchers in the business, and we soon found it was hopeless for us to try to keep up with him. Then it was that I worked "out my first invention, and necessity was certainly the mother of it. " I got two old Morse registers and arranged them in such a way that by running a strip of paper through them the dots and dashes were recorded on it by the first instrument as fast as they were delivered from...
Page 57 - He had ordered them from New York, London and Paris. He studied them night and day. He ate at his desk and slept in his chair. In six weeks he had gone through the books...
Page 77 - The phonograph will undoubtedly be largely devoted to music either vocal or instrumental and may possibly take the place of the teacher. It will sing the child to sleep, tell us what o'clock it is, summon us to dinner, and warn the lover when it is time to vacate the front porch. As a family record it will be precious, for it will preserve the sayings of those dear to us, and even receive the last messages of the dying. It will enable the children to have dolls that really speak, laugh, cry,...
Page 51 - Then weren't we proud ! Our copy used to be so clean and beautiful that we hung it up on exhibition ; and our manager used to come and gaze at it silently, with a puzzled expression. Then he would depart, shaking his head in a troubled sort of way. He could not understand it; neither could any of the other operators; for we used to drag off my impromptu automatic recorder and hide it when our toil was over. But the crash came when there was a big night's...
Page 108 - In those days we used the old chemical meters, and these gave us a lot of trouble, for, as they contained two jars of a liquid solution, there was always a danger of freezing in the cold weather. So I set to work to negative this difficulty and succeeded, as I thought, by putting an incandescent lamp in each meter with a thermostat strip, which would make a contact through the lamp when the temperature fell to 40 degrees. That idea, simple as it was, caused us a whole lot of trouble. The weather...
Page 158 - he was so slow that it would take him half an hour to get out of the field of a microscope!
Page 51 - ... when our toil was over. But the crash came when there was a big night's work a Presidential vote, I think it was and copy kept pouring in at the top rate of speed until we fell an hour and a half or two hours behind. The newspapers sent in frantic complaints, an investigation was made, and our little scheme was discovered. We couldn't use it any more.

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