Charles Steinmetz and Thomas Edison Watch Steinmetz's Lightning Generator, October 1922

Summary

Charles Steinmetz's electrochemical and high-voltage research at General Electric attracted public attention. The press portrayed Steinmetz as a scientific "wizard" and sensationalized his technical work for popular audiences. During a highly-publicized visit in 1922, Thomas Edison observed a lightning generator Steinmetz developed to test new electrical equipment. Newspapers hailed Steinmetz as a "modern Jove," creator of artificial lightning.

Charles Steinmetz's electrochemical and high-voltage research at General Electric attracted public attention. The press portrayed Steinmetz as a scientific "wizard" and sensationalized his technical work for popular audiences. During a highly-publicized visit in 1922, Thomas Edison observed a lightning generator Steinmetz developed to test new electrical equipment. Newspapers hailed Steinmetz as a "modern Jove," creator of artificial lightning.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

October 1922

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1630.P.188.9639

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Linen (Material)
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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