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.
Sockets" which was a dba of "Unique Internet Services"
(which is going out of business), owns some antique electrical and
lighting inventory which must be liquidated prior to the offical
Dissolution of the Corporation.
antiquesockets web site and my research, remains my own intellectual
property and not be dissolved.
the inventory items shown in the link below are being liquidated.
Here to view electrical and lighting items for sale:
check back regulary for newly posted items.
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
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
A quick note about a new file sharing and remote sync program
For those that have a use for it, here is a link
to an awesome new service called DROPBOX.
I have been using this service for a while now. It is so awesome
I thought I would share a link to it here on the site.
Just like free email accounts, this service is free for up to 2
GIG of space! (Use the Special Promo link below which gives you
2.5 GB of free space and does not expire). When you download and
install the dropbox software, it puts a folder icon on your desktop.
Open this folder and make new folders. What ever you copy into the
folder can be shared with all of your other computers or phones.
You can right click on a folder you made (for example John) and
choose to share the John folder with John. Enter in John's email
address and he gets a link to download the dropbox software. Once
he installs it, he gets access to the John folder. Once more - Anything
that he copies into the folder automatically gets copied to your
John folder and anything additional that you copy in there gets
copied to his John folder! It can't get much easier then this!
Lets say you want movies or pictures copied from your phone to your
computer or from your computer to your phone - easy as pie! Maybe
you want to just share a folder (familypics) with all of your family
and friends. Everyone that copies into the folder would be shared
with everyone else. There are many more uses, but I think from this
you can tell if it is for you or not. Test it out by downloading
it - Make a dropbox folder - put a picture or file in the folder.
Download the iphone app or install it on another of your computers
- AND Wow - Instant secure access to the file from all of your computers.
ENJOY! [ Click Here
to download the free dropbox program ]
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!