Picture of the Day: The Beautiful Machines of Thomas Edison

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This picture of the beautiful, old machines on the first floor of building number five of Thomas Edison's laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, considered the first industrial research laboratory. It was taken by Jack Boucher, a photographer for the National Parks Service, in 1963, though much of the equipment dates to the 1880s.

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Image: Library of Congress.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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