Edison "New Year's Eve" Lamp

Edison "New Year's Eve" Lamp

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Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place at his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory on New Year's Eve, 1879.
As the quintessential American inventor-hero, Edison personified the ideal of the hardworking self-made man. He received a record 1,093 patents and became a skilled entrepreneur. Though occasionally unsuccessful, Edison and his team developed many practical devices in his "invention factory," and fostered faith in technological progress.
Object Name
light bulb
incandescent lamp
Other Terms
light bulb; Lighting Devices; No Base; Horseshoe; Carbon
Date made
used date
Edison, Thomas Alva
Edison, Thomas Alva
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Edison, Menlo Park
United States: New Jersey, Edison, Menlo Park
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
carbon (overall material)
glass (overall material)
platinum (overall material)
copper (overall material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
from General Electric Co.
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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