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07.08.2013

Not much time to collect and research incandescent lamps as one can probably tell by the lack of updates to this site.  My interest has picked up again after recently coming across a small lot of early electrical items, including some unusual lamps.  Here's a preview while I make time to properly document these items in the galleries.  As always, any additional information is always appreciated on these items, especially with the first two incandescent lamps show below.







01.16.2011

I'd like to thank Fin Stewart in Australia for kindly sharing photos of his impressive collection of incandescent lamps and vacuum tubes.  Fin's collection may be viewed here.



07.07.2009

Some new bulbs have been added to the collection.  Most notable include several early carbon filament lamps made by Siemens & Halske, DeKhotinsky, Lane-Fox, Maxim, and one presumed to be by Swan.  Two circa 1900 carbon filament lamps made by the German firm Pintsch have also been added and can be viewed here.



02.04.2009

A few new additions have been added to the collection since the last update.  They include three somewhat unusual series burning Christmas lamps from the early 1900s: xl0072, xl0073 & xl0074.

Another Buckeye incandescent lamp was added with an interesting filament support.  Such tip anchored lamps were popular for use in high vibration areas were more support of the filament was required, such as railway use.

Speaking of railway lamps, a unique Union Switch & Signal Mazda lamp was added.  This General Electric precision lamp was used in a number of US & S Co. railroad signals.


12.27.2008

Information about the H.W. McCandless company is presented in a new article that has been added to the website.  McCandless secured a place in history by manufacturing Audion vacuum tubes for Lee DeForest.  While that subject is well documented elsewhere, the subject of this article will focus on Henry McCandless himself and his miniature lamp business.



Five early British Lane-Fox incandescent lamps have been added to the collection and are documented on this page.  Also presented on this page are excerpts taken from electric lighting books and electrical journals from the time period these lamps were made that discuss the Lane-Fox incandescent lamp in detail.

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A group of early Geissler gas discharge tubes


early lamp manufacturers & personage
7.19.2013

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
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.