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  • The Edison Bipolar dynamo was one of many forms of generators that ushered in the age of electricity. This innovation led to a new stage of industrialization, an outpouring of technological changes that dramatically altered daily life. Electricity powered the telegraph, for example, which conquered distance as an impediment to communication, thereby making news and information instantly available. Large electrically powered machines produced mass-manufactured goods, prompting modern approaches in transportation, architecture, consumer goods, and the fine and decorative arts. The Wolfsonian collection includes many machine age artifacts that illustrate how the modern world evolved from these profound developments.