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Tantalum filament bulb, ca. 1904

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Tantalum filament bulb, ca. 1904

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Early light bulb inventors competed to produce bulbs that were more efficient, gave more light, and lasted longer.

German inventors von Bolton and Feuerlien developed this bulb, with a filament made of element number 73, Tantalum, which had almost the same efficiency as metallized carbon, but was superior in strength.

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  • Title: Tantalum filament bulb, ca. 1904
  • Creator: Sunbeam Lamp Co., Chicago
  • Creation Date: circa 1904
  • Subject Date: circa 1904
  • Media: Glass, tantalum, brass
  • Local Code: 2004.090.3264
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Co.
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
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(207) 774-1822
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Central Maine Power Company
Light bulbs

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