Vintage lightbulbs with glowing sculptures inside

From the 1930s to the 1970s, Aerolux Light Corporation manufactured "artful gas-discharge light bulbs," lightbulbs containing tiny sculptures that glowed when switched on. From Wikipedia:

Aerolux gas discharge light bulbs contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two. Also within the bulb were metal sculptures coated with phosphors. These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Because glow discharge occurs readily at 110-120 volts AC, one could use these bulbs in standard household lamps in the United States.

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Watch a bullet destroy light bulbs in super-slow motion

This satisfying new video from the Crazy Russian Hacker reminds me of Harold E. Edgerton's iconic "Bullet through Apple" photo from 1964, seen below.

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One Hundred Watts, 120 Volts: a lightbulb manufacturing ballet (1972)

During a visit to the (incredible) new Exploratorium in San Francisco, I was captivated by Carson "Kit" Davidson's "One Hundred Watts 120 Volts," a 1972 short film where the manufacturing of Duro-Test light bulb is presented as a ballet for Bach's Brandenburg concertos. "One Hundred Watts 120 Volts" (Archive.org) Read the rest