Thomas Edison and the incandescent light bulb

December 31st marks the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb in 1879.

Thomas Edison's patent drawing for the incandescent light bulb.

Edison’s patent drawing for the incandescent light bulb.
CREDIT: “New Jersey–The Wizard of Electricity–Thomas A. Edison’s System of Electric Illumination,” 1880. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-97960.

Read more about Thomas Edison:

Stross, Randall E. The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World. New York: Crown Publishers, 2007. Print.

Josephson, Matthew. Edison: A Biography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959. Print.

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. Committee on St. Louis exposition. “Edisonia,” a Brief History of the Early Edison Electric Lighting System. New York, 1904. Web.

Read more about incandescent lighting:

Du Moncel, Th., William Henry Preece, John White Howell, and Charles William Siemens. Incandescent Electric Lights: With Particular Reference to the Edison Lamps at the Paris Exposition. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1882. Web.

Pope, Frank L. (Franklin Leonard). Evolution of the Electric Incandescent Lamp. Elizabeth, N.J.: H. Cook, 1889. Print.

Houston, Edwin J. (Edwin James), and Arthur E. (Arthur Edwin) Kennelly. Electric Incandescent Lighting. New York: Johnston Company, 1896. Print.

Logan, Jeffrey, and Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service. Lighting Efficiency Standards in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Are Incandescent Light Bulbs “banned”? [Washington, District of Columbia]: [Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress], 2008. Web.

Freeberg, Ernest. The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. New York: Penguin Press, 2013. Print.

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