Edison’s Light Bulb: 50 Years Later

We recently took a brief look at the year 1879 and noted its importance to Crane and a couple of its customers, including Thomas Edison.

We’re still researching that relationship over the years, and were delighted to find the following in the archives:

Interestingly enough, parts of the event were captured on film. In 1891, the Edison Company successfully demonstrated the Kinetoscope, which enabled one person at a time to view moving pictures. In 1896, Edison showed his improved Vitascope projector and it was the first commercially successful projector in the United States.

The video which follows was produced in conjunction with Light’s Golden Jubilee, a campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s invention of the commercially available electric light bulb, which ended with an event held in Dearborn, Michigan on October 21, 1929.

In the evening, after a banquet in Edison’s honor, Edison, Henry Ford, and Herbert Hoover went to Edison’s reconstructed Menlo Park Laboratory. Here they met with Edison’s former assistant, Francis Jehl, for a re-enactment of Edison’s creation of the first successful incandescent light bulb 50 years before. Modern subtitles have been added to compensate for the primitive late 1920s sound recording of the event. Many thanks to The Henry Ford for preserving these moments. More can be found here.

 

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