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1941 - S.G. Hibben inspects lighting in the torch of the Statue of Liberty


CD 1964063 E&MP27.025

Electric Lighting


High above New York’s harbor, S.G. Hibben, Westinghouse Director of Applied Lighting, inspects lighting in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Westinghouse engineers are experimenting with mercury vapor lamps as they make plans to revamp the Statue’s illumination.

The flame, 300 feet above the harbor and visible many miles at sea, measures seven feet across the base and 12 feet from base to tip.

If relighted with mercury lamps, twice as bright as the incandescent now used, the torch will glow with brilliant blue-white and gold colors. 

Original Caption by Science Service

National Museum of American History


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