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Socket to Me: 1927

Socket to Me: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "NO CAPTION [Woman holding object, probably a light bulb]." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Not a lightbulb, but --

Looking closely at it, you can see water droplets on the inside. I think it's more of a tiny terrarium with a plant of some type inside, perhaps a fern?

Crookes bottle

She's holding a Crookes Radiometer, I believe, and the little vanes in the vacuum bottle are spinning like crazy because she's sitting under a skylight.

Glowing or Incandescent?

Could be a large wattage incandescent lamp - or perhaps a thermionic valve.

When I started work (over 40 years ago) designing electrical services for buildings etc I was picked up on Day 1 for using the word 'bulb' when I should have said 'lamp'. Bulbs grow in the ground; lamps are put in light fittings. So there!

[So this could be either, or both. - Dave]

A terrarium?

Honestly, it looks like a tiny plant in a tiny vase to me. And the wooden base would make sense.

[The condensation on the glass would seem to support your hypothesis. - Dave]

Not an electric bulb

There's no connector. Instead, there's a wooden base, which would not be advisable, given the heat a bulb that size would generate.

It's hard to see what's inside the bulb, but my guess is some kind of glass flower arrangement. That would explain the wooden base, so it could be set on a table.

Arts & Crafts Time

It looks like some kind of an craft project, re-purposing large old light bulbs.

If you like this kind of thing get your incandescent bulbs soon. They are fast becoming a thing of the past.

Sure, it's a light bulb or something

But I'm more interested in what it is she's sitting on (appears to be a glass-topped table with no glass and no way to hold glass), and even more so by the rodent in a porkpie hat!

Hey Lady

What's the big idea?

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