The Heartbeat of Wall Street
Original Commissioned Paintings

Take a step back in time with these beautiful, one-of-a-kind paintings. These paintings vividly capture and bring to life Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park Team, and the Stock Tickers that revolutionized Wall Street. The exquisite detail and amazing realism are stunning.

The Stock Ticker was the first mass-produced electronic printer, and in essence, the 19th-century form of email. Tickers gave investors everywhere a reliable source of published stock prices, which cut back certain dishonest stock sale practices. And it made a fundamental change in the way that American business exists as a community.

You can almost hear the ancient sound of these Tickers come to life. Artist Tim MacDonald's "ghosted" treatment allows the eye to travel through the machine and appreciate its elegant simplicity.

The realism and detail of these paintings are visually appealing and technically 100% accurate.

Actual historical stock tickers were used by Mr. MacDonald as models. And consultation with expert Klaus Berner, a nationally respected historical and electromechanical reproduction artist, were part of presenting you with these authentically rendered images of our financial heritage.

Celebrate the "Heartbeat of Wall Street" and our free enterprise system by proudly displaying all four of these unique works of art in your home office or business.

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Note: All items are sold in as is condition. All sales are final. Price does not include shipping.

 

The Spirit of Innovation
Thomas Edison and His Menlo Park Team

Now you can relive the Spirit of Innovation with this original commissioned painting of Thomas Edison's team at their Menlo Park lab. Menlo Park was the scene for breathtaking innovation, all-night work sessions, midnight feasts and rowdy organ sing-alongs. It was a state-of-the-art lab that became a prototype for modern industrial research and development. Never before, and probably never again, will there be a team who introduced so many inventions that profoundly changed our lives. Now you too can share in the excitement that was Menlo Park with this beautifully detailed painting.

"This inspirational painting captures the spirit of innovation that makes Edison's team so effective. This group of dedicated individuals serves as a role model for today's technology leaders, as they forge ahead creating new ways to communicate and work together."— John Bowditch, Historian

This scene was painted in Edison's original Menlo Park Lab, located at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. Actual artifacts were used in the painting, along with authentic period clothing.

Size with Frame: 36 inches high x 51 inches wide


Stock Tickers that revolutionized Wall Street
Private Line Printer
New York Quotation The Self-Winding
Stock Ticker
Universal Stock Ticker
Edison and two other competing inventors, Elisha Gray and G.M. Phelps, also worked on a device similar to the stock ticker, which can only be described as the world's first Internet machine. They called these machines Private Line Printers. These devices had a keyboard to send a message, type wheels, and paper tape to receive the message. Thomas Edison and Elisha Gray Private Line Printers were in demand by the wealthy during their short period of popularity around 1870. If it were not for a falling out between Gold & Stock and the New York Stock Exchange, the Scott ticker would have been the exclusive ticker of the exchange. In 1890, the exchange secured a majority interest in the Commercial Telegram Company and reorganized as the New York Quotation Company. They made the New York Quotation Stock Ticker the exclusive stock printer on Wall Street and restored a monthly rate of $25. The Gold & Stock Telegraph Company discontinued services to members of the exchange below Canal Street. Gold & Stock tickers continued to serve the rural areas. The Gold & Stock self-winding ticker was invented by George B. Scott, Superintendent of Gold & Stock, and W.P. Phelps of the Philadelphia Local Telegraph Company. In 1903, J.C. Barclay, Assistant General Manager of Gold & Stock, called Jay R. Page in Chicago to come to New York to help make the device smaller. They decided to place the escapement magnet and the adjustment screws inside the ticker frame. After this change the ticker was called the Scott-Phelps-Barclay-Page Ticker.

Eventually it would come to be known simply as the self-winding stock ticker, and come to be identified with Western Union. The self-winding device is the image one generally imagines when referring to a stock ticker. One of the manufacturing vendors in the early 1900s was Thomas Edison's West Orange, New Jersey, plant, current site of the Edison National Historic Site. These "Western Union" self-winding tickers are sometimes mistakenly thought to be invented by Thomas Edison because they were manufactured at his plant. In reality, it is doubtful that Edison had any involvement with Western Union's self-winding ticker.

Eventually Edison's evolving improvements in stock ticker technology resulted in the introduction of the Universal Stock Ticker. The Universal was highly dependable and was produced in high volume. At least 5,000 of these devices were produced and served investors. The Universal Stock Ticker was Edison's first commercial success and established him with Wall Street connections that would fund development at his Menlo Park laboratory, as well as funding many of his greatest inventions, including the incandescent electric light bulb.

This framed, original commissioned painting are sold as a set.

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