Lewis Lueder took photos of an interesting recording device for Edison Diamond Disc phonographs. In the past, Edison had offered his customers the option of making home recordings on their cylinder phonographs. Those who were accustomed to making their own home recordings and were looking to upgrade to a new Diamond Disc Phonograph were perhaps encouraging the availability of such an attachment.
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Edison Little Folks Furniture
Thomas A. Edison was the great inventor of the 20th century. His professional photographer, Lewis Lueder, captured his life and inventions with his camera. This CD contains a collection of published and unpublished photographs taken by photographer Lewis Lueder. Lewis Lueder was the official photographer to Mr. Thomas A. Edison from 1913 to the 1920ís. Mr. Lueder was manager of the Photographic Studio which was part of the Edison Laboratory organization.
Cameras that Lewis Lueder used to capture the inventions, candid photos and professional photographs of the great inventor, Thomas A. Edison, are part of the collection. This collection gives us a glimpse into the professional career of this photographer. Mr. Lueder was compiling a book on photography and his notes are among the artifacts. Photographs depict how Mr. Lueder used photography in industrial, commercial, social, and amateur settings.
One of our favorite photos is Thomas A. Edison, unshaven and relaxing on the yacht Sachem. Lewis Lueder captured a photo of Edison we donít often see. The converted yacht was made available to Edison by the U.S. Navy, while he was serving as head of the Naval Consulting Board. The photo was developed from a glass slide in the Lueder collection.
In 1916, Thomas Edison acquired his supply source for wood cabinets. The Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Company, a subsidiary of the Edison Phonograph Co. was purchased from The Wisconsin Chair Co. to manufacture cabinets for Edison phonographs. Itís 1927, and the sale of phonographs is giving way to radio. The Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Co. becomes Edison Wood Products, Inc. Edison suddenly discontinues the phonograph business in October 1929. But Edison Wood Products continues. In the biography of Charles Edison entitled, Out of the Shadow, author John D. Venable states: ďIn one area, Charles and those in management under him literally fashioned a silk purse out of a sowís ear. When economic and competitive factors closed down the phonograph works, the Edison Company was left with a large woodworking plant in New London, Wisconsin which was devoted to making phonograph cabinets. This plant was New Londonís largest employer. Rather than close it down and wreck the local economy, Charles Edison and his staff of executives looked for a different product line. A young man named Tom Fitzgerald, sent to Wisconsin more or less to hold the fort, developed a line of juvenile furniture...cribs, highchairs and the like. Edison Little Folks Furniture proved highly profitable and was looked upon as the Cadillac of the trade.Ē
NOW THE HISTORY OF THIS RELATIVELY UNKNOWN COMPANY HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED BY ROBIN AND JOAN ROLFS IN A 134 PAGE E-DOCUMENT.
In cooperation with the New London Public Museum, New London, WI we have compiled a document with over 300 photographs of artifacts, company literature, company photos
and documents never before published along with a narrative history of the factory
dating back to 1891 and serving as a leading means of employment
for the small town for five generations.
This 134 page document comes as an e-book in a .PDF format. The document is on a self-loading CD that opens with your computer. Photos and scans are in high resolution allowing the viewer to enlarge or print desired portions of the document.
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Edison Wood Products Circa 1949
C-19 Cabinet Assembly
Furniture Finishing Department