Our archive contains hundreds of images of Victorian celebrities. It’s not a word they would have recognised and one such collection at the time was called ‘Men of Mark’ (even though it included women) but ‘celebrity’ works today. This is America’s Thomas Edison (born in 1847, died 1931), possibly the world’s most prolific inventor, with over one thousand patents to his name. He is best known for inventing the light bulb and the phonograph but his lifetime’s work had a huge influence on future technologies covering communications, entertainment and power generation.
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