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05.01.2016





Three early bulbs acquired in 2013 sparked some research that evolved into this new page concerning the Schaefer Electric Manufacturing Company.



An early Sawyer-Man wall socket dating back to 1887 has been added to the gallery.  Now, to find that matching plug!



04.09.2016

New informational pages activated for the following early manufacturers:

Akester
Beacon
Böhm
Crookes
Gatehouse
Loomis
Lynn
Novak

As always, I will add more info to these pages as I come across things.  If you have information or pictures to add, please contact me.

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Ruby red Shelby carbon filament lamp
8 candlepower, ca. 1905


early lamp manufacturers & personage
updated 4.9.2016

These informal pages contain history culled from various early electrical journals and early books describing incandescent lamp technology. No attempt will be made to rewrite history. These pages are simply placeholders used to store information specific to the manufacturers below as I discover it.

Please contact me if you have material to add and share.

Links will become active as content is added to each page:

Akester
Beacon
Bernstein
Böhm
Crookes
DeKhotinsky
Diehl Induction Lamp
Gatehouse
Gerard
Latimer Clark, Muirhead & Co.
Lane-Fox
Loomis
Lynn
Mac Fadden-Peil
Freeman
Mather-Perkins
Maxim
Müller
Nothomb
Novak
Schaefer Electric Mfg. Co.
Siemens-Halske
Stanley
Swan
Van Depoele
Weston
Woodhouse and Rawson
 
Early spring tension lamp sockets

 


video: Dr. Hugh Hicks collection, Baltimore
Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting, 1999


vintage literature online!


L'Electricite Decorative a Lampes Minuscules

A boxed set of Christmas lights from L'Electricite Decorative a Lampes Minuscules, a vintage French lighting catalog from 1937. Check out the vintage literature section for more great old catalogs and advertisements.


mather electric book
12.10.2006


Mather Electric Company, Direct Current Incandescent Lighting: Published during the late 1800s, this hard cover book describes in detail the Mather incandescent electric lighting system. It is profusely illustrated and provides a rare and interesting glimpse into the early days of of electric lighting and power generation.