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Thomas Alva Edison, by Avino, Mark, c. 1920s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2002-3813.

October 9, 1979

Edison: Lighting a Revolution opens at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the light bulb.More

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