Cover

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pp. 1-11

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

Calendar of Documents

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pp. xiii-xxii

List of Editorial Headnotes

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pp. xxiii-24

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Preface

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pp. xxiv-xxx

This volume chronicles Edison’s audacious attempt to replicate the success of his New York central station in scores of U.S. towns and cities, as well as in Europe and Latin America. It also encompasses profound changes in his working and personal life, including the unexpected death of his wife. ...

Chronology of Thomas A. Edison, April 1883–December 1884

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pp. xxxi-xxxv

Editorial Policy and User’s Guide

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pp. xxxvi-xlii

Editorial Symbols

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pp. xliii-44

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xliv-l

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1. April–June 1883

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pp. 3-150

During the spring of 1883, Edison took steps to make his incandescent lighting system more commercially attractive. One major step involved replacing the distinctively long field magnets of his dynamo with short cores in order to make the machine both more economical in operation and cheaper to manufacture. ...

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2. July–September 1883

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pp. 151-277

Edison traveled to Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on 3 July to supervise the opening of the first village plant installed by the Edison Construction Department. When the lights went on at the City Hotel on the Fourth of July, Sunbury became the first one lighted by Edison’s three-wire system with overhead conductors. ...

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3. October–December 1883

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pp. 278-368

Edison began October in Brockton, Massachusetts, overseeing the inauguration of the first underground three-wire central station system. He also spent time visiting with steam engine manufacturer Gardiner Sims before returning to New York about the sixth, as his family settled into their new home at the Clarendon Hotel. ...

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4. January–March 1884

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pp. 369-480

Edison began the new year on familiar ground. Although the Edison Construction Department generated a large amount of business correspondence, Samuel Insull handled the routine matters, leaving Edison time to address technical problems. Among those issues was the perennial question of improving and cheapening the incandescent lamp filament. ...

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5. April–June 1884

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pp. 481-587

Edison’s return to business at the start of April, following the vacation with Mary in Florida, marked the beginning of a turbulent period in his personal and professional life. One significant change, the death of Mary’s father, Nicholas Stilwell, on 9 April after what seems to have been a chronic illness, came unsought and unwelcomed. ...

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6. July–September 1884

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pp. 588-665

Edison spent increasing time in his laboratory in July, leaving to Samuel Insull the day-to-day tasks of closing up the operations of the Edison Construction Dept. This included settling accounts with the local illuminating companies and dealing with complaints regarding the operation of their stations. Edison and Insull also sought to settle accounts with the Edison Electric Light Company, ...

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7. October–December 1884

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pp. 666-722

Edison’s primary focus over the last three months of the year was his telephone-related research for American Bell. He directed his attention to two key problems: long-distance transmission and selective signaling. Edison’s work on improved transmitters and repeaters was designed to improve the operation of the Bell Company’s new long-distance lines. ...

Appendix 1. Edison’s Autobiographical Notes

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pp. 723-738

Appendix 2. Edison Village Plants

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pp. 739-744

Appendix 3. Specifications of Dynamos Produced at the Edison Machine Works, April 1883–December 1884

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pp. 745-748

Appendix 4. Edison’s Patents, April 1883–December 1884

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pp. 749-758

Bibliography

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pp. 759-784

Credits

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pp. 785-786

Index

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pp. 787-811