Tools And Research Material
Post pictures of your items and ask questions or just
learn from reading the posts from others
View or upload ads from antique magazines
& Socket Bases
View images of the most well known bulb and socket bases
Lets You Pull Up Any Patent PDF File Or Link One Directly
To Your Web Page
Group Patent Dbase
You Download The First Page Patent Picture Of Every Patent On A Single
Day To View On Quickly Your Local Computer
You Search For Patents Using Advanced Methods And Provides Hyper Links
To The Patent Office And Google Patents
& Electrical Manufacturer's Items And Their History
- This section will allow you to date
and learn how to tell one GECO socket from the other.
This is where this site started from. Since this page
was done, there has been much more Hubbell history and information
found which will make for a complete redesign of this page and section
in the soon future.
This section has some early patent research on Hubbell.
It is mostly complete with only a few missing patents which will be
added in when this section is re done into the new format
NEW - A history of The
Wheeler Reflector Company and tips on how to tell if mirror has been
replaced on a shade
This section is a lot of incomplete
work and will be updated shortly. For now it serves to give you some
extended information on some companies, but will be a much better
tool when it is complete
This section is everything you ever wanted to know about the National
Electrical Code (NEC) but had no one to ask. Downloads of old NEC's,
meetings and much extended information is provided.
And Early Lighting History
The Lighting Time Table
read the entire tutorial, you can just click on the first link and
then continue to the next section at the bottom of each page. Or,
you can select links below of interest to you.
PRE 1900 SECTION
About Early Electric Lighting, Generators, Arc Lamps,
The First Edison Socket, Menlo Park, etc.
About The Start Of The First Incandescent Lighting
About Early Light Bulbs And Candle Power vs. WATTS
About Sigmund Bergmann And The Start Of Bergmann
And Company Lighting Fixtures
A Quick Break Down Of Different Lighting Time Periods
1881 to 1884
Bergmann Fixtures And Styles
About Early Companies That Sold Lighting Systems
And The Fixtures That They Sold With Their Lighting Systems
U.S. Elect. Co.
The United States Electric Company History And Early
Brush Elect. Co.
The Brush Electric Company History And Early Items
The Thomson-Houston Electric Company History And
About The Westinghouse Manufacturing Company History
And Early Mergers
About The Start Of Electrical Supply Houses and
how new lighting styles came about
About Early Light Sockets And How To Tell The Difference
Above are catalog items sold in different years. There is no space
to duplicate items, so only new and unique items from each year
are shown. You would need to view the catalogs for yourself to be
complete as I am only highlighting items. You can view catalogs
About The Victor Shade Holder, Atwood And The Standard
Frink 1899 Items
Frink & Wheeler
Three Links About Mirror Reflector Manufacturers
And Their Items And History.
NEW - A history of The
Wheeler Reflector Company and tips on how to tell if mirror has
been replaced on a shade
Early Desk Lamps
Some Help In Telling Them Apart
Vitrite And Luminoid
About The Vitrite Holders And Early Vitrite History
About Brush-Swan Shade Holders
My cord pendant adjuster project, as well as a good
history about them.
POST 1900 SECTION
This section covers a basic into into the 1900 section
covering information about the 1899 transition, electrical code
changes, lighting influence, sharing and licensing of patents and
then into the new section of electrical specialty manufacturers,
Electrical Specialty Manufacturers
This section covers some early history periods of
pre Hubbell-Grier, Hubbell-Grier, Harvey Hubbell, Hubbell Company.
It also covers a number of items that helped change lighting styles,
This section covers some early history periods for
the Benjamin Electric MFG. Co, as well as a small section on Dale
and The Federal Electric Company
This post 1900 section continues to be under current
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catalog copies for sale or trade
OUR CATALOG ARCHIVE
Most all catalogs are scanned in high resolution (300 dpi) and then
assembled into Adobe Acrobat PDF files.
You can use Acrobat to save individual high resolution jpg or tiff
files if needed.
To keep file sizes down, most catalogs are scanned using gray scale
unless the catalog itself has color pages.
In cases where catalogs have mostly gray pages, we scan the catalog
in gray scale and the color pages in color.
In cases where the catalog has mostly color pages, we scan the entire
catalog in color.
QUALITY OF CATALOGS
Most catalogs are scanned from original catalog copies. Some catalogs
that were originally in large format, needed to be shrunk down (copied
using copy reduction) and then scanned from the copy. Other catalog
sources (where the original was not available) have been scanned
from gray scale photo copies. In either case, these high resolution
scans produce excellent viewing PDF files, which is always much
better then viewing the original catalog or copy.
Most catalogs are scanned and processed by us. There are however
rare cases where we get a PDF from another source. In cases where
the original PDF was not ours, we look at the quality of the PDF.
If it does not pass our quality checks, we re process and re assemble
it. Every page is looked at, cropped and rotated if needed as well
as page size matching.
While I would love to give everything away for free, this just can
not be done as there are many expenses that need to be covered.
These expenses include (but are not limited to) buying catalogs,
processing catalogs, hosting the archive, Internet bandwidth charges,
programmer fees, etc. While this site is still a hobby for me, I
have much more into it, then I could ever hope to get out of it.
For example; A rare catalog that I had waited to find for many years
cost me almost 2,000.00 when finally found in a private collection.
Selling copies of this catalog at 50.00 each, would mean that I
would need to sell 40 copies to support the purchase which is not
likely to happen any time soon. Normal every day catalog purchases
average from 100.00 to 300.00 and the more rare harder to find catalogs
from 300.00 to 1000.00. Then there is the time that it takes to
scan and process each catalog. I use a special book scanner which
helps to limit time, but it can still take a total of about 4 or
5 hours to scan, crop and rotate an 80 page catalog.
A catalog over 300 pages is an all day job. While I will always
try to keep prices down on this site, I need to consider what I
have into this project. There are catalogs that I have purchased
"copies" of myself for several hundred dollars each, which
I considered the research value. I however, can not lower myself
to the level of "profiteering" when this information is
publicly needed for research. It is my goal to keep copy prices
down as low as I can offer them taking into consideration the rarity,
and work into each item.
This area has been disabled - I will bring something back for these
options at a later date
to contact me - 603-978-0020 -- Michael
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