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<b>Our mental image of many famous historical figures is typically one of them late in life, only after they achieved widespread recognition for their deeds.</b> To counter that, here are portraits of history's notables when they were children or young men and women.

Community Post: 30 Famous Historical Figures When They Were Young

<b>Our mental image of many famous historical figures is typically one of them late in life, only after they achieved widespread recognition for their deeds.</b> To counter that, here are portraits of history's notables when they were children or young men and women.

This Day in History: Nov 21, 1877: Edison's first great invention, the phonograph

This Day in History: Nov 21, 1877: Edison's first great invention, the phonograph

Thomas Edison was responsible for creating many inventions across the spectrum from the telegraph to the phonograph to the motion picture camera. He laid the groundwork for many different fields especially film, which is why he has so much credibility. This is why he is considered the creator of it all though their were other pioneers.

Thomas Edison was responsible for creating many inventions across the spectrum from the telegraph to the phonograph to the motion picture camera. He laid the groundwork for many different fields especially film, which is why he has so much credibility. This is why he is considered the creator of it all though their were other pioneers.

1916. Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph.

1916. Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph.

Living History: Thomas Edison at Silicon City | April 16-17 | During the final weekend of Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, meet one of New York’s most famous inventors: Thomas Edison (portrayed by Patrick Garner of History’s Alive!).

Living History: Thomas Edison at Silicon City | April 16-17 | During the final weekend of Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, meet one of New York’s most famous inventors: Thomas Edison (portrayed by Patrick Garner of History’s Alive!).

Thomas Edison, the only American inventor with more than 1000 patents, was born in Milan, Ohio.

Thomas Edison, the only American inventor with more than 1000 patents, was born in Milan, Ohio.

One of the best known Collectible Advertising Icons of the early 20th Century was not an Actor or historical figure, but a dog, the famous RCA symbol "Nipper". This accomplished Barraud received ($485 US) for the painting.

One of the best known Collectible Advertising Icons of the early 20th Century was not an Actor or historical figure, but a dog, the famous RCA symbol "Nipper". This accomplished Barraud received ($485 US) for the painting.

On this day, Feb 19, 1878, Thomas Edison patented his music player, the phonograph.

On this day, Feb 19, 1878, Thomas Edison patented his music player, the phonograph.

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