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    19th Century Lightships: What was their Light Source?

    Lightships A lightvessel, or lightship, is a ship that acts as a lighthouse. They are used in waters that are too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouse construction. Although some records exist of fire beacons being placed on ships in Roman times, the first modern lightvessel was off the...
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    1752: Vauxhall Gardens Fireworks and Illuminations

    An Irish gentlemen visiting Vauxhall Gardens in 1752, whose name is not recorded, wrote about the astonishing effect of the illuminations, "The garden strikes the eye prodigiously; it is set with many rows of tall trees, kept in excellent order, among which are placed an incredible number of...
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    1786: Anniversary Illumination of the Utrecht Academy

    If those are candles, then these guys are trying to set the building on fire. What else could it be in 1786, gas? Original image title, "Afbeelding der Iluminatie ter Gelegenheid van 't Jubilaeum van de Hondert en vijftig Jaar der Oprechting van de Utrechtsche Academie op kosten der Heeren...
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    Crepuscular Rays a.k.a. Bulshitax Scientificus, or how far is the Sun?

    Sun rays shining through clouds and trees appear to be coming from a not so distant light source. As a matter of fact, if you continue the ray lines to the source, you will end up with the Sun being approximately 32 miles in diameter, and about 3,000 miles (some say much less) above the Earth’s...
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    1765 Reims: Celebrations of the people and Electricity

    Electricity, or not? And if this is not electricity, than what is it, gas? The image is titled and dated: Celebrations of the people. at Reims the 27th of August 1765 Source
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