20 November 2014

A 110 Year-Old Still Operating Light Bulb -- Does Anything Held By Your Family Have That Kind of Longevity?

I found it fun and informative to read, The 110 Year-Old Light Bulb That's Never Been Turned Off.

Yet this 110 year old light bulb is proof of what one person can achieve. It's very existence proudly states, I am still here. It is proof that there is far more to all technologies then we can ever imagine. It is proof that true history matters. If only to pay tribute to the genius that got us so very far.

The article is as much about this particular light bulb as it is about conditions of the time and the value to both the idea of and creation of something called the light bulb.

Imagine – any electrical appliance that you have that is still be used 110 years later.  In fact, think of any powered or even manual appliance.  I know that I only have things like a tea set and a few plates which I know to be at least 110 years old.  And, that’s it.

In fact, I often complain that some older items I have are better than any replacement could ever been.  I have a car that is almost 25 years old, and a washer and dryer set that are a bit older ... I even have some light bulbs that lasted 10+ years and their replacements maybe lasted 1-2 years.  Some newer technology is more efficient and has helped the environment or improved other aspects of our world and sometimes, in the past, items were built to last in a way we don’t find today ...

What about in your house or family.  Are there any items that are still being “used” (not just brought out for show and tell) which have been around as long as this light bulb has been operating.

Editor’s Note – Thanks to Thomas MacEntee via his Hack Genealogy FB page for posting about this.

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