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