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Souvenir lamp with meter, 1985

Souvenir lamp with meter, 1985

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Maine Historical Society

With the light bulb switched on, the meter on this lamp turns and illustrates the reality of the electric grid: light bulbs (and other electrical appliances) use electric power.

These lamps are a common gift item from and for electrical engineers.

The internal mechanism of the Sangamo watt-hour meter has been partially de-magnetized, so the dial turns faster than it would if the meter were mounted on the side of a house.


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