Electric Lighting

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Electric Lighting

When was the last time you lived without electric lights? Maybe a thunderstorm, hurricane, or blizzard caused a power outage in your neighborhood. Many of us feel so uncomfortable without electricity …

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Rural Electrification

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Rural Electrification

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An advertisement for the Rural Electrification Administration and a photograph showing an ERA electric meter on the side of a farmer's house. Download PDF Visit Source 1 Visit Source 2 …

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Oil Lamps of the 19th and 20th Century

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Oil Lamps of the 19th and 20th Century

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Images of old oil lamps from 1840 and 1840. Whale oil lamp, c. 1840. Mrs. Sauer putting oil in lamp, Cavalier County, N.D, Oct. 1940. Download PDF Visit Source 1 Visit Source 2 …

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Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla’s Lab

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Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla’s Lab

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Photograph of an electric lamp being illuminated by passing a current through the body of Mark Twain. Download PDF Visit Source 1 Visit Source 2…

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Luna Park at Night

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Luna Park at Night

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Photographs of Luna Park in Coney Island, NY at night showcasing the spectacular lighting. Download PDF Visit Source…

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Light Through The Ages

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Light Through The Ages

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Promotional literature for the Westinghouse Electric Co. Download PDF Visit Source…

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Inventor Lewis Latimer Biography and Patent

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Inventor Lewis Latimer Biography and Patent

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"Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928)...attended only grade school, and the remainder of his education was self-taught...He had a fabulous appetite for reading, drawing, and learning in general. In 1880, …

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Portrait of Hertha Marks Ayrton

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Portrait of Hertha Marks Ayrton

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Hertha Marks Ayrton was a British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor. She was the first woman elected member of The Institution of Electrical Engineers (London) 1899, the first woman to r…

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