Neon Sign "NBS"

Neon Sign "NBS"

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Luminous Sign with neon gas designed by Perley Gilman Nutting (1873–1949) and made by Edward O. Sperling at the National Bureau of Standards. Exhibited at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904.
Description
Label found with object: "Luminous Sign Designed by P. G. Nutting, Made by Sperling - National Bureau of Standards, Exhibited at St. Louis Exposition 1904 (contained neon gas. Bulb cracked - broken terminal, Mch. 1958)". Perley Gilman Nutting (1873–1949) was a scientist investigating electrical discharges in gasses at NBS. He was also 1st president of the Optical Society of America.
Ref: Bulletin of the Bureau of Standards: Volume 7, Issues 143-168 - Page 49, United States. Bureau of Standards - 1911:
"The Intensities of Some Hydrogen Argon and Helium Lines in Relation to Current and Pressure PG Nutting and Orin Tugman The intensities of spectrum lines are known to vary widely with the condition of the gas or vapor emitting them This paper contains the results of a study of the visible spectra of hydrogen argon and helium contained in Plucker tubes The curves given show the variations in the intensities of about 20 lines with varying current and gas density Potential gradient as a function of current was determined for hydrogen and helium so that for these gases line intensity is known as a function of the internal energy of the gas Finally a summary of the important new results is given Aug 6 1910 22 pp"
Bulletin of the Bureau of Standards: Volume 4 - Page 511, books.google.comUnited States. National Bureau of Standards - 1908 - THE LUMINOUS PROPERTIES OF ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING HELIUM GAS. By PG Nutting.
Bulletin: Volume 8 - Page 487, 1913 - LUMINOUS PROPERTIES OF ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING HELIUM GAS. II. REPRODUCIBILITY By PG Nutting:
"The Luminous Properties of Electrically Conducting Helium Gas II Reproducibility PG Nutting This paper gives the results of photometric and spectrophotometric tests of a set of 38 helium tubes made up and operated as shown most advisable by preliminary work The tubes do not differ measurably in color In light emission per cm of capillary the average deviation is 1.15 per cent the maximum deviation 3 per cent the uncertainty in observation being 1 percent Aug 25 1911 8 pp"
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
discharge lamp
neon sign
Other Terms
discharge lamp; Lighting Devices
date made
1904
associated date
1904
maker
National Bureau of Standards
Sperling, Edward O.
designer
Nutting, Perley Gilman
Physical Description
wood (mounting material)
glass (tubing material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 13 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 19.685 cm x 33.655 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
EM.334753
catalog number
334753
accession number
314637
Credit Line
from the Estate of Edith R. Meggers, thru Howard Kolodny
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National Museum of American History
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