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Here are the most recent additions to the collection.  If you are a return visitor, this will be where the items rediscovered or newly identified can be found.  In a month or so, these will be moved into the main record by region and date.  There are more items gathered and provided by interested people to be scanned and included, so check back often.   Links are provided for a quick connection to the relevant time period.   

1:  As Christmas 2019 is almost upon us - let's recall the first appearance of electric lighting  which dazzled shoppers and carolers at the beginning of the electric era.  In 1878 the Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia had installed six Brush generators and over 40 arc lights - which were switched on on Christmas day to the delight of the public.  Here is a recent article - https://hiddencityphila.org/2012/06/from-a-corner-of-center-city-the-source-of-light/ which describes the spectacular event.   

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2:  On 20th December 1880 - the first electric lighting power plant was switched on to light Broadway in New York City. 


Imagine seeng your first electric light. 

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3:  Here is a newly "discovered" article written for the Loughborough Echo in 1989,  Does anyone have the Part 1 ?

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