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Thomas Alva Edison – photos and quotes

Thomas Alva Edison

“In my opinion, nothing is of greater importance to the success of the motion picture interest than films of good moral tone. Motion picture shows are now passing through a period similar to that of vaudeville some years ago. Vaudeville became a great success by eliminating all of its once objectionable features, and, for the same reason, the five cent theatre will prosper according to its moral attitude. Unless it can secure the entire respect of the amusement-loving public, it will not endure.”Thomas Alva Edison in 1907

Photo: 1910s

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Thomas Alva Edison 1907“I did not exactly invent them. It is frivolous to fix pedantically the date of particular inventions. They have all been invented over and over 50 times. Man is the arch machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are the models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure just as far as the need is.”Thomas Alva Edison

Source: Eugene V. Brewster (1913)

Photo: 1907

“Everything is an amusement and a diversion. And then I sometimes take a little automobile ride.”Thomas Alva Edison

Source: Eugene V. Brewster (1913)

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Thomas Edison“I eat everything, but not much of it. I like pastry, but perhaps it is not good for me, although it seems to agree. When I find my weight increasing, I cut down the supply of food, and contrariwise, if my weight decreases, I eat a little more. I have scales in my bathroom and watch them daily.”Thomas Alva Edison

Source: Eugene V. Brewster (1913)

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Thomas Edison“I don’t believe in cigarettes, but I like cigars and I smoke four or five a day, when I feel like it. I use very little alcohol, although I am not what you call a total abstainer. I get all the exercise I require while at work. I seldom do any walking outside.” Thomas Alva Edison

Source: Eugene V. Brewster (1913)

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Thomas Edison on the cover of Motion Picture Story Magazine in 1913. Bizarre Los Angeles

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