Energy & Power
The Museum's collections on energy and power illuminate the role of fire, steam, wind, water, electricity, and the atom in the nation's history. The artifacts include wood-burning stoves, water turbines, and windmills, as well as steam, gas, and diesel engines. Oil-exploration and coal-mining equipment form part of these collections, along with a computer that controlled a power plant and even bubble chambers—a tool of physicists to study protons, electrons, and other charged particles.
A special strength of the collections lies in objects related to the history of electrical power, including generators, batteries, cables, transformers, and early photovoltaic cells. A group of Thomas Edison's earliest light bulbs are a precious treasure. Hundreds of other objects represent the innumerable uses of electricity, from streetlights and railway signals to microwave ovens and satellite equipment.
- Illustrated title page or cover of a copy of a publication titled Light Infantry Drill of the U. S. Army, published by T. B. Peterson & Brothers, Philadelphia. The illustrated page shows two soldiers, wearing blue and red Zouave-style uniforms. Both have packs, but the figure on the right is wearing a short shell jacket and holding a rifle with fixed bayonet while the figure on the right has red epaulets and holds a bugle.
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