In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated February 11th as National Inventors’ Day in honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday as well as in recognition of the work of inventors around the world. What better way to celebrate than sharing a photo of Thomas Edison holding a battery on his knee and looking at it very lovingly? 

This image is from the cover of a pamphlet titled The Edison Storage Battery. It is in the Papers of Walter O. Snelling in our archives.

Born Today, February 11, in 1847 Thomas Alva Edison…

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are 1st hard work; 2nd stick-to-itiveness; 3rd common sense.” - Thomas Alva Edison

Inventor and businessman!  The phonograph, the first motion picture camera, The Black Maria (America’s first movie studio – and of course the incandescent light bulb!  Was the first to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention… 


A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the Gilmore Auto Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan (northeast of Kalamazoo).  It’s hard to imagine a better automotive museum or collection of historic vehicles anywhere in the world.  It’s not just an automotive experience but a rich historic one, since the role of the auto is deeply embedded in the American culture since the early 20th century.

Certainly Henry Ford is the father of modern American auto making with his innovative assembly line and mass production.  When I entered the building devoted to the Model A Ford, I was unprepared for the history lesson I got about the friendship between Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  Not surprising, perhaps, since they were contemporaries and similarly resourceful men of vision.  Such men take chances and aren’t stranger to failure.  Which reminds me of a favorite saying: The result of taking no chances is achieving nothing. 

Ford took a chance when he discontinued the Model T car that had been in production from 1908-1927.  He didn’t even know what would replace it.  Eventually its successor, the Model A, became available in December 1927.  It was as revolutionary as the Model T had been, and is one of the most highly valued historical vehicles to this day.  It should come as no surprise that the very first of these cars to be manufactured was presented to Thomas Edison as a gift from his friend Henry Ford.  The vehicle is on display at the Gilmore Auto Museum, where I took the above photos on August 16, 2014.

Edison quote displayed above:  “I find out what the world needs, then I go ahead and invent it.”

A note on the Gilmore: well worth the visit, acres of buildings full of wonderful vehicles and exhibits including an entire vintage gas station and a complete classic diner that is in full operation for guests.  I showed up on a Saturday that coincided with a flea market; I think admission to everything was $15 total.

My mind & attitude have changed tremendously the past few years & these words echo my thoughts almost exactly, see below :
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From Tom Hardy: “A great man is largely forgotten by the public. He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain waving a flag saying, "Look at me—I’m a great man.” A great man often disappears into the ether.
Hardly anyone notices that he was even there, apart from his family and close friends. He was reliable. He showed up. He was there. He was useful where he could be. He made mistakes.
Tried to make better of those mistakes. Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand the theory of relativity. It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think.
Part of being a great man is accepting that. To dare to be average and normal is actually a pathway to becoming a great man. To have more humility. To accept responsibility more. To just get on with what’s in front of your face. And to leave no fucking indelible mark of your ever being here, apart from the fact that you were there for your family to the best of your ability. It’s not an easy task. I’ll probably fuck it up.“
Zach here again: How simple & awesome, a man trying to do good for his family & not caring who knows him or how popular he is, just a simple man doing his part in this world.
Simple. Not easy.
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Ela é minha cor rosa
Juvenil, quase infantil
Mas que pode ser quente
Em um momento mais febril

Ela é minha flor rosa
Que com carinho
Não tem espinhos
Minha clássica flor amor

Ela é minha manga rosa
Doce, farta, suculenta
Que adoça meu paladar
Fruta fresca tão intensa

Ela é minha saborosa
Que torna a vida delícia
Ela o tempero mais divino
Dos sabores que eu vivo

Edison Botelho

5 OTPs

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  1. Samantha Carter/Jack O’Neill - Stargate SG1
  2. Jeff Winger/Annie Edison - Community
  3. John Crichton/Aeryn Sun - Farscape
  4. Han Solo/Leia Organa - Star Wars
  5. Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin - The 100 (But honestly, this one isn’t necessarily a romantic ship. I wouldn’t mind if they became one, but they don’t have to. I just really like their dynamic and want them to always be on each other’s team.)

I low-key, no-pressure tag @majorelorne, @lorveronica, @agentbethanyofshield, @yadelah, and @nicoeatsbooks.