1. KorbenDallas

    1900-1907: Apparatus for collecting atmospheric electricity. Patents.

    Below is a couple of interesting atmospheric electricity related patents I ran into. I am not sure how any of this was supposed to work. If you follow source links, you can find accompanying descriptions and a bunch of other technical stuff. #1. Apparatus for collecting atmospheric electricity...
  2. KorbenDallas

    1909: Ditch Tesla, buy Babcock Runabout

    How many electric car models do you know of the top of your head? Probably three or four. If you are really into it, may be ten, though I'm not even sure there are ten contemporary electric car models out there. Well, in the beginning of the 20th century there were hundreds of different models...
  3. KorbenDallas

    Flame-bladed swords. 15th Century Pro-Sports, and the Battle of Anghiari

    source This article is somewhat of a build up on the 17th century Electric Swords one. Flame-bladed swords are also known as flambard, flammard, flammenschwert and flamberge. These swords have a very distinctive look. I'm pretty sure you have seen those at one point or another. Flamberge...
  4. KorbenDallas

    17th Century: Electric Swords?

    Bizarre things dug out from the literature of the past keep on coming. Whatever is depicted on the images below is beyond my understanding, when looked from the conventional stand point. Of course being in French, and German, understanding of these books does not help my comprehension of the...
  5. KorbenDallas

    1840 Battery: Oxford Electric Bell

    Personally, I would like to know why we have the following line (below red) in the wiki description of this 179 year old power source. The thing is still producing power: The exact composition of the dry piles is unknown, but it is known that they have been coated with molten sulphur for...
  6. KorbenDallas

    Atmospheric electricity and building destruction in the 19th century

    I think I might have found a very interesting book which could pertain to some of the issues we are trying to investigate here. Obviously the observations are being told from the level of understanding of the eyewitnesses involved. Additionally, the below examples show, that a possible weapon of...
  7. KorbenDallas

    Lightning Rod Fashion: 18th century grounded Umbrellas and Hats

    1770s It appears that a time specific necessity is being dismissed as an insignificant fashion style of the past. There is nothing better to have other than a wire cable dragging behind pulling back on your umbrella, or tagging on your hat. Gentlemen could simultaneously work on strengthening...