Link to Home: Lighting A Revolution  


"Edison's Dream Comes True"

Image: upper left, Sun with human face peers over Earth at Mazda lamp. Upper right, Edison gazes at 1879 lamp. Two winged, GE logos below text line.
Blotter number 109-7; image number: LAR_B1097.

Text on blotter reads:
"His Only Rival. Edison Mazda Lamp – Edison's Dream Comes True."
Here the Sun's Rival logo begins to recede and complements the image of a young Thomas Edison deep in thought over his newly invented carbon lamp. 

This idea of Edison, alone in his genius, recurs often in advertising of this era. The role of "Wizard of Menlo Park" helped Edison raise money for his work and sell the resulting products. This was one reason for establishing the myth of Edison as a lone inventor, even though he had the assistance of many able people. Though Edison all but abandoned work on electric lighting after the early 1890s, GE sold "Edison Mazda" lamps until after his death in 1931. 

The "dream" refers to Edison's idea of creating a simple and inexpensive source of light. Edison had declared in 1882 at the opening of the Pearl Street Station that "I have accomplished all I promised," with his carbon lamp and central power plant to energize it. This blotter implies, however, that the realization of his work waited on the development of the second generation tungsten lamp. 

    For additional information about business aspects of Edison and lighting see: 
  • Arthur A. Bright, Jr., The Electric-Lamp Industry: Technological Change and Economic Development from 1800 to 1947 (New York: MacMillan Co., 1949) 
  • Robert Friedel and Paul Israel with Bernard S. Finn, Edison's Electric Light: Biography of an Invention (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1986). 
  • Andre Millard, Edison and the Business of Invention (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990). 

Return to History Files Next

To 19th
Century Hall
To 20th
Century Hall
Guest Lounge