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Light still shines on ... after 130 years

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A lightbulb is still shining on after an incredible 130 years.

The bulb, dating from 1883, was built with six internal filaments which have all stood the test of time. It first belonged to the late Florence Crook who once took it to school to dazzle her classmates.

It then passed down to her son Kenneth, in Morecambe, Lancs and is still in use by his widow Beth, 79, at their home.

She said: “It’s a real talking point. There is no substitute for craftsmanship. The new eco bulbs take all week to warm up and hardly give off any light.”

The bulb was one of the earliest products of the Ediswan factory which began started production back in 1881.

Ediswan was a collaboration between the British Physicist Sir Joseph Swan and American Thomas Edison, both of whom are independently credited with the invention of the light bulb.

 

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