Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Industrial Strength - Part II

Remember last week's posting featuring a photograph of the West Orange Laboratories Heavy Machine Shop. Turns out, this remarkable place was none other than Thomas Edison's laboratory, which was moved to the town of West Orange in New Jersey in 1887. For the next 44 years, the "Invention Factory" served as a model for modern development laboratories. Amazingly enough, the New Jersey urban sprawl has almost concealed this historic site, but the brick buildings contain the story of one of the most prolific inventors of our time...

Precision Machine Shop

Chemistry Lab Building

Chemistry Lab Building

Heavy Machine Shop

Supply Room
Images via here, here and here

1 comment:

  1. amazing... is it still like this? Oh what I would do for a dig. xxx