Herbert Hoover with Thomas Edison arrive for Light's Golden Jubilee; greeted by Henry Ford and crowd in Detroit Michigan
Detroit Michigan USA Date:1929, October 21 Duration:2 min 10 sec Sound:NO SOUND
President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover visits Detroit, together with Thomas A. Edison at invitation of Henry Ford for the celebration "Light's Golden Jubilee" honoring Thomas Edison and his invention of the electric light 50 years earlier. Automobile carrying President Hoover turns on corner of business district in rainy conditions. A policeman stands at the corner of the street. Spectators under umbrellas gather at a sidewalk. A decorated flag on the speaker's platform. Audience in raincoats and hats with umbrellas. A wood-burning locomotive train built in 1860 and decked with bunting arrives at railroad station of Smiths Creek Michigan depot at Greenfield Village. This station is where Edison, as a youngster 70 years earlier had been thrown off a similar train for a fire in the baggage car triggered by Edison's chemicals. Ford moved the station to Greenfield Village. Spectators with umbrellas on platform. President Herbert Hoover and Thomas Alva Edison exit the baggage car to join crowd on platform. President Hoover poses with American founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, and the guest of honor, Thomas Edison. The three men converse. In the next scene, at a reconstructed Menlo Lab in Greenfield Village, Edison, Ford, and Hoover stand together as Thomas Edison recreates the lighting of the first electric lamp. Thomas Edison gestures as he points to equipment. Edison's former assistant, Francis Jehl, pours from a vessel into the top of the electric light apparatus as Hoover, Ford, and Edison look on.
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