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Porcelain at Glenmont Estate; Thomas Edison

Posted by Teena Fuller on 8/27/2013 to Historical Porcelain

The Home and Laboratory of Thomas Edison

Glenmont Estate in New Jersey
    
When Thomas Alva Edison died in 1931 he was well known as a prolific inventor, a successful manufacturer and businessman, as well as a husband, father and friend. 

One of his famous quotes regarding friendship is, "I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world". 
 
He exerted a tremendous influence on life then and his knowledge is still the base for our continued electronic age including inventions in batteries, light bulbs, the recording of  voice and the phonograph machine to play back the voice along with inventions of the motion picture camera.


Thomas Edison is credited with improving the telegraph and telephone. In his 84 years, he acquired over 1,000 patents and is known for his tenacity; "When you have exhausted all possibilities, please remember this - you haven't." 



It was due to this fame the his wife, Mina, kept the beautifully decorated Estate, Thomas's home office and the Edison Laboratories exactly as they were the day he died.
 

 
In doing this she helped preserve the historical information that had been accumulated which is now elegantly displayed and preserved as part of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park New Jersey.  
 
  
 The Edison's collected many beautiful pieces of porcelain over the years including vases on the mantel pieces, the side tables and rows of china in the dining room cabinets.



The National Park tour includes Glenmont Estate, the home where he and Mina lived,  and just down the street from the home you can tour the laboratories, the work shop, his offices and see many of his inventions on display in the warehouses.