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Unformatted text preview: From 1863 to 1867 Edison drifted around the midwest as a "tramp telegrapher." He bounced along, moving through larger and larger cities, using his telegraphing jobs mostly as laboratories for his experiments. He usually left these jobs when he was fired for misbehaving on the job or failing to send and receive messages properly. It was at one such job in Indianapolis, in 1864, that Edison produced what he called "his first invention": a Morse repeater. The device slowed down the presentation of telegraph messages coming in off the press wire so the operators could process all the copy. Slowly, Edison matured as an operator, eventually rising in the ranks to be given the title of first-class operator. Though he was better paid, he did not stop being fired from jobs for experimenting when he should have been working. More importantly though, he also for experimenting when he should have been working....
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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.
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