Wednesday, April 07, 2004

The history of...

The history of site has histories of various items like light bulbs and computers. Astonishingly for an American site it correctly credits Joseph Swan as the inventor of the light bulb and not Thomas Edison. Encarta used to have Edison credited in the US edition and Swann in the UK edition.

Newcastle has a strong link with electric light - the first light bulb factory in the world was in Benwell, Cragside had the first house lit by hydroelectric power, Mosley Street was the first to be lit by electric street lights & of course the mackem Swann only invented the lightbulb so he could escape from the darkness that is sundlind.

'History of...' via bifurcated rivets.

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