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        Portrait of Thomas Edison, Telegrapher, Circa 1865

        This historic photograph shows Thomas Edison at approximately 18 years of age. When still a teenager, Thomas Edison's fascination with the telegraph prompted him to land a job as a telegraph operator for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. This resource is part of the Thomas Edison Collection.

        Learn more about Edison's youth in this biography - Student Reading: Edison Biography.

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