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Edison’s Last Breath at the Henry Ford Museum

‘Housed in the Henry Ford museum is a test tube said to hold Thomas Edison’s last breath…

Even great industrialists have heroes. Such was the case of Henry Ford and his idol Thomas Edison…

It’s no surprise that Ford wanted something to remember Edison by after he passed away in 1931. As the legend goes, Ford asked Thomas Edison’s son Charles to sit by the dying inventor’s bedside and hold a test tube next to his father’s mouth to catch his final breath. Ford was a man with many eccentricities (as was Edison) including some interest in reanimation and spiritualism, and some say that he was attempting to capture Edison’s soul as it escaped his body in hopes of later reanimating the inventor…’

Source: Atlas Obscura