Plane for making Edison bamboo filaments

Description:

Inventing a new technical device not only involves creating the device itself, but often entails creating special tools to produce the device or the component pieces of the device. Thomas Edison conducted experiments on hundreds of different types of natural fibers in his search for a material that would serve as a light bulb filament.

Date Made: 1880

Associated User: unknownMaker: Edison, Thomas AlvaS. R. Wells & Co.

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Edison, Menlo Park

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Energy & Power, Industry & Manufacturing

Exhibition: Lighting a Revolution

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: from Vannevar Bush

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.314259Catalog Number: 314259Accession Number: 198085

Object Name: Toolfilament tool

Measurements: overall: 9 in x 14 in x 9 in; 22.86 cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-9886-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_703491

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