Light's Golden Jubilee

Edison’s 1879 invention of the light bulb was celebrated 50 years later at the “Light’s Golden Jubilee,” an event staged by Bernays in Dearborn, Michigan, on behalf of GE. Special guests included Pres. Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone — as well as Edison himself — seen here talking about the development of radio, in this “talkie” filmed on Oct. 21, 1929. The Museum displays an original light bulb, news coverage, photos, tokens and stamps commemorating the event.