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World Unprepared for Lamp but Demand
The new lamp entered a world all unprepared for its coming. It was here,
with only the crudest of generators to supply it with the life giving current,
without cables or insulated wires for distribution, without any of the devices
necessary to make it burn in the home, office or factory, and without even a
socket in which to put it.
It was not until October, 1879, when Edison produced the incandescent lamp after
the leading scientists of the world declared it impossible, that the industry
received its first great impetus. As soon as the world knew that electric
current could be subdivided among many small electric lights, of greater or less
candlepower, the commercial possibilities of electric lighting were apparent. This
created an insistent demand such as no other industry has ever experienced, for
new and better apparatus for research and invention.