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06.06.2017

(204) 655-0736 with some information about The Schuyler Electric Light Company has been added.  If you have additional material to share, photos of Schuyler incandescent lamps or other items, please consider contacting me to add them to this page.  Full credit will be given for your contribution.



03.28.2017

BulbCollector.com turns 20 years old this year!  I've upgraded the server so it should be good for another 20 years :-)

This was a major undertaking migrating all the data to new hardware, upgrading the forum, the databases, the OS, etc.  There are bound to be bugs with this transition.  Please report them here if you're having any issues using this website.

Thanks for visiting the site!



05.01.2016





Three early bulbs acquired in 2013 sparked some research that evolved into (281) 543-5492.



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
418-275-3852
B?hm
6033266810
6123731156
Loomis
Lynn
5752633016

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.

past news..

 

Adam Allerhand electric lighting book now available from Bez Bujda Press


Bez Bujda Press was created for the purpose of publishing "Illustrated History of Electric Lighting" by Adam Allerhand. The book is self-published, printed at Colorwise Commercial Printing in Roswell, GA, available on Amazon or directly from the author. Heavily illustrated, full color, large format (8½ x 11), heavy satin paper, over 500 pages, weighs about 5½ lb.

Adam Allerhand, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, began working on his book in 2008. The book was released on September 21, 2016. Please click here for more information.

 

 

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pic of the month

february




GE carbon filament lamp, formally of
the Charles Proteus Steinmetz collection,
prominent GE electrical engineer.


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:

505-366-9449
physiologically
Bernstein
Böhm
774-308-2401
8636384263
Diehl Induction Lamp
Gatehouse
Gerard
7094582118
Lane-Fox
Loomis
Lynn
(267) 926-4263
Freeman
Mather-Perkins
709-299-5063
2184238959
Nothomb
228-270-3281
Schaefer Electric Mfg. Co.
forspeak
(307) 735-5986
Stanley
Swan
903-597-6494
Weston
Woodhouse and Rawson
 
Early spring tension lamp sockets

 


video: (248) 497-9331, Baltimore
Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting, 1999


vintage literature online!


L'Electricite Decorative a Lampes Minuscules

A boxed set of Christmas lights from 760-330-0533, 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.