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Thomas Edison as a child

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A cover from the series "When they were young" in which the reader was asked to identify a famous historical person portrayed in their youth.  This inquisitive boy is the famous American inventor, Thomas Alva Edison.  Born in 1847 he was largely self-educated, setting up a laboratory in the cellar of his parents' home while still a young lad.  He is best remembered for that most pleasure-giving of inventions, the phonograph (1877).  Original artwork.

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