GLOBE STORES LIGHT FROM ELECTRIC BULB (Mar, 1933)

Something tells me this didn’t work quite as well as the inventor claimed.

GLOBE STORES LIGHT FROM ELECTRIC BULB
Storing light in a globe was a feat recently demonstrated by Ethan I. Dodds, America’s most prolific inventor, whose collection of more than 2,000 patents was exceeded only by those of the late Thomas A. Edison. The evacuated interior of Dodds’ magic globe, which is covered by twelve of his U. S. patents, is coated with a mixture of phosphorescent chemicals. When an electric bulb is held in an aperture and flashed on momentarily, the lamp glows with a soft, even light for two hours. The bottled light, Dodds says, is suitable for use in mines and in industrial buildings, where a night watchman making his rounds, could recharge each globe with a flick of his flashlight.

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  1. Firebrand38 says: December 19, 20075:20 am

    Oh, I’m sure that it worked. I found one of his patents for it here

    Turns out one of the ingredients in the luminous coating was radium! Of course this was around the time that people were still drinking radium water as a cure all….

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