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All of the Lights: An invention of Edison’s invention

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The film Edison, The Man was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, which is appropriate because most of the movie is entirely fictional, including this re-imagining of Edison’s Pearl Street Station and the first blocks cast in the glow of incandescent lights.

In truth, the ‘switch’ was flipped from the offices of J.P. Morgan at Wall and Broad streets in 1882, and not from the ruddier station on Pearl Street. And, while many were impressed, there was hardly such a hat-tossing ruckus made in the street as depicted here. After all, streets had gaslights already, and some people even criticized the first electrical bulbs with having inferior light.

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