Lewis Latimer Patent Drawing

Description
Electricity pioneer Lewis Latimer drew this component of an arc lamp, an early type of electric light, for the U.S. Electric Lighting Company in 1880.
The son of escaped slaves and a Civil War veteran at age sixteen, Latimer trained himself as a draftsman. His technical and artistic skills earned him jobs with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, among others. An inventor in his own right, Latimer received numerous patents and was a renowned industry expert on incandescent lighting.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1880
maker
Latimer, Lewis H.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in x 1/16 in; 18.415 cm x 31.75 cm x .0795 cm
ID Number
1983.0458.21
accession number
1983.0458
catalog number
1983.0458.21
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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