Huge Electric Lamp Globe Covers Kneeling Girl (Sep, 1938)

[Insert Sylvia Plath joke here. Everyone loves a good Sylvia Plath joke.]

Actually this is a sort of interesting post because it shows how Modern Mechanix (which changed it’s name to Mechanix Illustrated in 1938) reuses images and articles. Here is virtually the same article, though with slightly different info and a slightly crappier picture.

Huge Electric Lamp Globe Covers Kneeling Girl
DEVELOPED in the laboratories of a well known electrical products manufacturer, a new incandescent electric lamp has a globe so large that it completely encloses an average size kneeling girl, as shown above. The huge lamp is rated at 100,000 watts and has filaments of about the same diameter as an ordinary lead pencil. The large glass cup shown in the hands of the man is sealed to the lamp, forming its base. Note the standard 60-watt electric bulb in the hands of the girl demonstrator.

  1. Caya says: July 2, 20075:48 am


  2. jayessell says: July 2, 20078:46 am

    How many people does it take to change this lightbulb?


    Is it for a lighthouse? Airport? Skyscraper?


    The glass doesn’t look thick enough to hold a vaccuum.

    Is it like the modern halogen bulb within a bulb?

  3. Charlie says: July 2, 20079:09 am

    It’s doesn’t have to hold a vacuum, it gets filled with argon. They mention it in the other linked article.

  4. Bubba says: January 20, 20169:45 am

    The linked article says that this bulb was “BUILT as a laboratory exhibit”.

    As with most Modern Mechanix / Mechanix Illustrated articles, I don’t know how much of the detail in either article is true, and how much is exaggerated or even wrong. This article says that the filament is as big around a a “lead pencil”, while the other article says that the filament is as big around a a “fountain pen”; a 1930s fountain pen is larger than today’s pens and is very noticeably larger than a pencil.

  5. John says: February 13, 20161:55 pm

    OK, the light bulb was built by Westinghouse for the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. The original notes from the New York Times was “Marian Holmes knelt inside the glass of a 100,000-watt incandescent bulb to be exhibited by the Westinghouse Company at the World Fair in Chicago. She held a 60-watt bulb for comparison. The caption noted that the bulb “must be strong enough to withstand a crushing strain of 40,000 pounds.” Aug. 4, 1934. (The New York Times)”

    The bulb is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
    100000 watt bulb on display today

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