have not had much time to get many items in the forsale area below.
Please keep checking back as I will start adding more items soon.
& Electrical Manufacturer's Items And Their History
This section will allow you to date and learn
how to tell one GECO socket from the other.
This is where this site started from. Since this page
was done, there has been much more Hubbell history and information
found which will make for a complete redesign of this page and section
in the soon future.
This section has some early patent research on Hubbell.
It is mostly complete with only a few missing patents which will be
added in when this section is re done into the new format
A history of The Wheeler Reflector Company and tips
on how to tell if mirror has been replaced on a shade
This section is a lot of incomplete
work and will be updated shortly. For now it serves to give you some
extended information on some companies, but will be a much better
tool when it is complete
This section is everything you ever wanted to know about the National
Electrical Code (NEC) but had no one to ask. Downloads of old NEC's,
meetings and much extended information is provided.
Cord Balls & Adjusters
My cord pendant adjuster project, as well as
a good history about them.
And Early Lighting History
The Lighting Time Table
read the entire tutorial, you can just click on the first link and
then continue to the next section at the bottom of each page. Or,
you can select links below of interest to you.
PRE 1900 SECTION
About Early Electric Lighting, Generators, Arc Lamps,
The First Edison Socket, Menlo Park, etc.
About The Start Of The First Incandescent Lighting
About Early Light Bulbs And Candle Power vs. WATTS
About Sigmund Bergmann And The Start Of Bergmann
And Company Lighting Fixtures
A Quick Break Down Of Different Lighting Time Periods
1881 to 1884
Bergmann Fixtures And Styles
About Early Companies That Sold Lighting Systems
And The Fixtures That They Sold With Their Lighting Systems
U.S. Elect. Co.
The United States Electric Company History And Early
Brush Elect. Co.
The Brush Electric Company History And Early Items
The Thomson-Houston Electric Company History And
About The Westinghouse Manufacturing Company History
And Early Mergers
About The Start Of Electrical Supply Houses and
how new lighting styles came about
About Early Light Sockets And How To Tell The Difference
Above are catalog items sold in different years. There is no space
to duplicate items, so only new and unique items from each year
are shown. You would need to view the catalogs for yourself to be
complete as I am only highlighting items. You can view catalogs
About The Victor Shade Holder, Atwood And The Standard
Frink 1899 Items
Frink & Wheeler
Three Links About Mirror Reflector Manufacturers
And Their Items And History.
NEW - A history of The
Wheeler Reflector Company and tips on how to tell if mirror has
been replaced on a shade
Early Desk Lamps
Some Help In Telling Them Apart
Vitrite And Luminoid
About The Vitrite Holders And Early Vitrite History
About Brush-Swan Shade Holders
My cord pendant adjuster project, as well as a good
history about them.
POST 1900 SECTION
This section covers a basic into into the 1900 section
covering information about the 1899 transition, electrical code
changes, lighting influence, sharing and licensing of patents and
then into the new section of electrical specialty manufacturers,
Electrical Specialty Manufacturers
This section covers some early history periods of
pre Hubbell-Grier, Hubbell-Grier, Harvey Hubbell, Hubbell Company.
It also covers a number of items that helped change lighting styles,
This section covers some early history periods for
the Benjamin Electric MFG. Co, as well as a small section on Dale
and The Federal Electric Company
This post 1900 section continues to be under current
Please Check Back.
This Site - Why It Is Here?
I have always been a believer that you can find ANYTHING on
You can learn about anything free of charge and expand your
learning in any area of knowledge that you desire.
When I started trying to research and date lamp sockets and
early electrical items, I came to a stand still only finding
one or two basic pages with limited information.
It did not take me long to understand why.
As I began to make friends that did have 'some' knowledge, I
would get a tip (or trick of the trade) here and there - BUT
always with the whisper ------------ "don't tell anyone
It did not take me long to understand, but the common rule of
thumb within small circles of friends and some small knowledge
groups is: "DO NOT EDUCATE THE PUBLIC" !!!
In most cases this is because ...read
do not conduct this web site as a full time business
I do not conduct this web site as a full time business,
I only work on it as time and health permits.
So far it has been more of a hobby, taking up more time then
I can afford without lacking certain basic needs.
Therefore, I can only work on this site and make myself available
for extended help as time and finances permit.
Finding samples as well as purchasing old catalogs and electrical
magazines for research does cost a lot of money.
It also takes my personal time to incorporate this material
and other knowledge acquired into this site.
you would like to help, you can send a paypal donation to
the email address below, or help out by purchasing digital
catalogs, magazines, patents, etc., that I will be offering
(some through Unique Digital Treasures shown below), as I
complete my large scanning and text recognition jobs.
can sell DVD copies of different sorted material.
My catalog drive contains 268 GB which is made up of 77,020
files in 1073 folders. Scanned multi page catalogs are in
PDF format. PDF files on the catalog drive are 3,726. This
drive also includes complete sets of electrical magazines
and ads from many early electrical and supply distributors.
Topics for all kinds of gas and electrical lighting, tools,
electrical supplies, household goods, construction materials,
test equipment, Edison lab books, scrap books, etc.. There
is another drive of original scanned high resolution files
which contains another 153 GB. Until I get organized and get
more stuff online, please feel free to contact me via phone
or email to inquire about digital categories that may be of
interest to you.
I have the patent drive sorted into many different areas for
My patent drive is currently 424 GIG 3,419,041 files in 8,949
My most useful sort is the first page only for ALL patents
from 1790 to 1960 sorted by year month and day that the patent
office was open. This makes it easy to check if you are reading
a patent date correctly (as a 3 or an 8 for example), seeing
that many times the patent office was not open on one day
or the other for that day, year, month, etc.. You can also
easily find your patent by simply viewing all of the first
page patents for that day. You can also easily view any day,
month or entire year easily, by simply clicking the next arrow
your image viewer. You can also print yourself a binder book
of the entire year or just scroll through the included PDF
patent year file
am also working on compiling PDF files for each patent year
using "text acquire" making the years easily searchable
by the owner from their own computer.
will take me some time to get each sorted year of patent TIFF
files compiled on to DVD's with a searchable PDF so simply
let me know which years you would like to purchase and I will
make them to order. $15.00 per year with free updates (for
future sort projects for each year purchased)
I will also entertain offers for coping some or all of the
material on to a USB TB drive for a one time bulk order.
You can also purchase some of these digital
(as well as other) items from ebay by listing my
ebay items here.
Old/Antique Rare Electrical Catalogs & Magazines Can Help
Lighting Styles As Seen In Hollywood Movies
- VS -
Lighting Styles Found On This Site
is trained by the media in one way or another.
As you will soon find out when going through some of the web
pages here, Hollywood movies do not contain all of the different
lighting styles that were common to different era's.
While there are some good prop departments at some movie studios,
most have a limited collection of real antique lighting mixed
together with a good collection of "special" reproduction
lighting sold or rented through different prop
studios and manufacturers.
On this site we are not limited as to what can be shown, because
even the most rare examples can be shown from pictures taken
out of catalogs from the different era's.
Hollywood movie companies and different prop shops are missing
entire styles and known lighting designs. In the early years
some of the designs were only sold for a year or two, making
them quite rare to come by these days. Most of what you see
in the movies needed to be around for a least a full decade
before showing up in a movie. You will see good examples of
this, as this site takes you through the different years of
lighting supply catalogs.
A good place to start would be The
Lighting Time Table -- Have Fun!
start on a rewrite of the Bergmann section
complete, this section will cover all known Edison, Bergmann and
Edison General Electric Co. sockets.
It will also include the complete lineup of sockets for the early
part (1892-1894) of the General Electric Co..
These are the sections now complete:
(how it all fits together) Bergmann1
Sockets (No. 1A, 1B,1C & No. 2 sockets and early chandeliers)
Sockets (No. 3 & No. 4 with dating, identification and catalog
Terms & The Bergmann No. 1 Socket Bergmann4
Bergmann No. 2 Socket (The Acorn Lineup) Bergmann5
Bergmann No. 3 Socket (The Moving Tongue Lineup) Bergmann6
(Now working on Bergmann rotary socket page)
I have started a project on early insulating materials as a sub-section
to the Bergmann pages.
have linked them here for anyone interested.
To see earlier page updates click