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Unformatted text preview: After an aborted attempt to go to Brazil and work as a telegrapher, Edison found himself in Boston in the spring of 1868. He found a job in the Western Union office and began frequenting the Court Street factory of Charles Williams, Jr., a telegraph manufacturer. This factory was a meeting place for experimenters, and Edison was able to buy equipment and exchange ideas with the others. It was at the factory that Edison produced a working model of his first patented invention, the vote recorder. After the telegraph revolutionized communications in the United States, one of the highest paid new professions after the Civil War was that of a telegraph operator. As a new figure on the American scene, the "tramp telegrapher" took on romantic notions. Young boys like Edison imagined a life of glamorous rootlessness and excitement. In truth, there were few men who actually made their living this way. Those that did were truth, there were few men who actually made their living this way....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
- Fall '10