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1947 - three-year-old Dickey Jackson tried in vain to unscrew the world's biggest lamp


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Electric Lamps

May 13, 1947

TOO HEAVY! That was the conclusion of three-year-old Dickey Jackson, of Schenectady, after he had tried in vain to unscrew the world's biggest lamp from its socket.

Fifty-thousand watts strong and the equivalent in light output of 2,000 one-hundred watt bulbs, the huge lamp will be used in ceremonies Thursday (May 15), dedicating a new General Electric lighting system on Schenectady's Erie Boulevard which will make the street one of the eight brightest-lighted in the country.

Original Caption by Science Service
General Electric

National Museum of American History


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