Reproduction 1879 light bulb, ca. 1929

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Reproduction 1879 light bulb, ca. 1929

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Thomas Edison's original light bulb used carbonized sewing thread for the filament; he was able to achieve a "perfect vacuum" by heating up the bulbs as he pumped out the air.

None of the original lamps remain; this one is a reproduction made by the General Electric Company to mark the 50th Anniversary of Edison's first successful light bulb.

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About This Item

  • Title: Reproduction 1879 light bulb, ca. 1929
  • Creator: General Electric Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1929
  • Subject Date: circa 1929
  • Media: Glass, wood, carbon, bakelite
  • Local Code: 2004.090.3261
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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