"Edison's Dream Comes True"
|Blotter number 109-7; image number: LAR_B1097.
Text on blotter reads:
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.
"His Only Rival. Edison Mazda Lamp Edison's Dream
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).