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Main Street Lighted by Nernst Lamps | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Main Street Lighted by Nernst Lamps

Main Street Lighted by Nernst Lamps | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
View down center of unpaved Main Street, lit by Nernst lamps. On the left side of the street is M.L. Nelson's office at 119. On the right side of the street is a cigar store, a trunk factory and a millinery, which is at 120 Main Street.
DESCRIPTION
View down center of unpaved Main Street, lit by Nernst lamps. On the left side of the street is M.L. Nelson's office at 119. On the right side of the street is a cigar store, a trunk factory and a millinery, which is at 120 Main Street.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:119013
Creation Date:circa 1900
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Hanks, Stanley C. (Stanley Charles), 1872-1945 : Madison, Wisconsin history photograph collection, circa 1850s-1985
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:lantern slide
Original Format Number:PH 6095, Box 5 #300
Original Dimensions:4 x 3 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Nernst lamp was an early form of incandescent lamp. Nernst lamps did not use a glowing tungsten filament. Instead, they used a ceramic rod that was heated to incandescence. Because the rod (unlike tungsten wire) would not further oxidize when exposed to air, there was no need to enclose it within a vacuum or noble gas environment; the burners in Nernst lamps could operate exposed to the air and were only enclosed in glass to isolate the hot incandescent emitter from its environment. A ceramic of zirconium oxide - yttrium oxide was used as the glowing rod.
SUBJECTS
Commercial buildings
Lighting, architectural and decorative
Central business districts
Cities and towns
Sidewalks
Outdoor photography
Storefronts
Signs and signboards
Lampposts
Streets

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