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Photo taken on December 12th, 1924 at Edison's laboratories in Llewellyn Park, West Orange, NJ.
Edison honors Mario Carrau, a young inventor from Uruguay, by receiving him on his laboratory.
"After some waiting, his assistant, Mr. Meadowcroft showed me into the library where he introduced me to Mr. Edison. We spoke about helicopters and about the architecture of Latin America and, since the great inventor was totally deaf, his assistant conveyed my words to him. Before I departed, Mr. Edison presented me with an autographed portrait. I asked for permission to see him again on the following day, on which occasion I brought with me my Kodak. I set it up on its tripod, focusing it on Mr. Edison and his assistant, and the latter then exchanged places with me and snapped the pictures setting himself the time of exposition: 4 seconds." (excerpt from Carrau's autobiography)
This negative belonged to my uncle now deceased and was probably taken sometime in the early 1940s. It is a very interesting display which concentrates on the health benefits of cod live oil. Most likely it is a display in a drug store in Memphis, Tennessee. View full size.
This is John Griffin in a promotional hydroplane race at Nita Lake in 1960. John was world champion in Class A, Class B and Class C hydroplanes for a number of years in the 1950's. He was teamed with world class mechanic Ray Cother, who built the Konig engines John raced with. These two men were an unbeatable team when they were at their peak. They were based in Tupelo and Grenada, Mississippi.