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Wick Holder for Oil Lamps

Monday, October 25th, 2010 | Author:

Making a wick holder for an oil lamp
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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first recorded sound

Monday, October 18th, 2010 | Author:

Thomas Edison wasn’t the first person to record sound. A Frenchman named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville actually did it earlier. He invented a device called the phonautograph, and, on April 9, 1860, recorded someone singing the words, “Au clair de la lune, Pierrot repondit.” But he never had any intention of playing it back. He just wanted to study the pattern the sound waves made on a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. A group of researchers found some of his old phonautograph papers and used a computer program to play the recording. “Au clair de la lune, Mon ami, Pierrot…”

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Jim Van Es’s Antique Lamps

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 | Author:

Jim Van Es is a walking library of lamp information. He’s collected and studied lamps for more than 40 years, and he can take them apart and put them back together, which he does at his shop in Virginia, The Wooden Show. He’s also a Worthologist, one of WorthPoint’s experts. In this video he pulls out an Aladdin lamp, an old Cornelius & Baker and even and old whale oil lamp.

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