Edison’s Laboratory for Ed’s Sunday Stills ‘L’

“Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking all day from one laboratory table to another. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

Edison’s Botanical Laboratory in Fort Myers, formed in 1928 with donations from Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, was the headquarters for Edison’s rubber research. Its aim was to locate rubber producing plants to ensure a quick supply to the American nation, should there be a shortage in foreign supply. Over 17,000 plants were tested, and Edison eventually found a source in the Goldenrod plant.


On our visit to Fort Myers last month, it was a such a treat to have a guided tour around Edison’s laboratory. I never imagined that one day I’d able to stand where the great inventor had stood so many years ago, and to see the equipment that he and his fellow researchers used in their quest. (Click any image to see more detail.)

This was Edison’s office, with his desk on the left, and that of his assistant Claude Azell Prince, on the left. Claude was employed as Edison’s right hand man at the tender age of seventeen, and lived until 2005. Thomas Edison, died of emphysema at the age of  eighty four, so he did really well, considering that he smoked thirty cigars a day.


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