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GE opens 100-year-old time capsule at Nela Park

March 27, 2012
Employees at GE's NELA Park in East Cleveland, Ohio, opened a century-old time capsule on Monday that contained some fascinating company memorabilia of a bygone era, including five light bulbs. Three of them appeared to be in working condition, according ...
Employees at GE's NELA Park in East Cleveland, Ohio, opened a century-old time capsule on Monday that contained some fascinating company memorabilia of a bygone era, including five light bulbs. Three of them appeared to be in working condition, according to this report at www.gereports.com. The time capsule had been buried in the cornerstone of a building on the Nela Park campus, where GE has held hundreds of lighting classes for lighting professionals over the years.

The posting said GE Lighting engineers cleaned one of the bulbs, screwed it into a socket, and powered it up to 60 volts. It started emitting a soft glow, a distant incandescent echo of Thomas Edison's ingenuity. “It's a remarkable testament to the craftsmanship and quality of GE products that one of the tungsten filament lamps buried for 100 years showed signs of life,” said Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO of GE Lighting.

Click on the video below to see the lamp powering up.