Incandescent Lamp Made by Thomas Edison and Presented to Henry Ford at Light's Golden Jubilee, 1929

Summary

The first practical incandescent electric lamp was successfully tested at Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory in 1879. Fifty years later, Edison reenacted this event at the Menlo Park complex Henry Ford had reconstructed in Greenfield Village. Edison presented this recreated bulb to his friend during the official dedication of the Edison Institute of Technology, Ford's village and museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The first practical incandescent electric lamp was successfully tested at Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory in 1879. Fifty years later, Edison reenacted this event at the Menlo Park complex Henry Ford had reconstructed in Greenfield Village. Edison presented this recreated bulb to his friend during the official dedication of the Edison Institute of Technology, Ford's village and museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Artifact

Incandescent Lamp (Lighting device component)

Date Made

1929

Subject Date

19 October 1929

Creators

Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made by Thomas Edison in Dearborn, Michigan to commemorate Light's Golden Jubilee.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.3109.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Thomas Alva Edison

Material

Glass (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Inscriptions

on metal plate: First lamp made at Dearborn by Thomas A. Edison October 19, 1929. on metal plate: Presented the same day to Henry Ford by Thomas A. Edison. on underside of plate: Presented to Mr. Henry Ford by Thomas A. Edison in the presence of Charles L. Clark and Francis Jehl, Edison Pioneers, 60 volt lamp

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