[This note covers the entire set of Edison Electric Light Co. Bulletins.]
This bound volume contains twenty-two bulletins issued by the Edison Electric Light Co. during the period January 1882-April 1884. These bulletins contain brief accounts of the activities of the various Edison light companies and of developments in the electric lighting industry. Included are testimonials from Edison's customers, lists of customers and types of equipment offered for sale, annual reports of the Edison light companies, and reprints of articles from newspapers and journals.
Much of the material concerns the central power stations at Holborn Viaduct (London) and Pearl Street (New York), as well as other central stations and isolated lighting plants in the United States and abroad. The bulletins also contain descriptions of Edison's exhibits at electrical exhibitions in Paris (1881), London (1882), Chicago (1883), and Louisville (1883.) Other items describe accidents caused by gas lighting; offer cost comparisons between electric and gas lighting; and compare the Edison system with competing electric light systems, especially those of Charles Brush and Joseph Swan. There is also information regarding the formation and operation of the Edison Electric Light Co., the Edison Co. for Isolated Lighting, the Edison Electric Illuminating Co. of New York, the Western Edison Light Co., and the Edison Electric Light Co., Ltd.
The spine is stamped "The Edison Electric Light Co. First Series Bulletins 1-22 1882-1884." Each of the 22 bulletins is individually paginated. In addition, the entire volume is continuously paginated, beginning with page 49 and ending with page 547. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.