Lot of 111 teal blue General Electric Flash Bulbs Blue 2 Boxes 5B set 12 variety size flash bulbs installation supplies art found sculpture

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Heres a lot of one hundred eleven teal blue vintage flashbulbs.

There are 63 5B flash bulbs - these are the large bulbous egg shaped ones, they are a 2 1/4 inches long. There are two original boxes that hold 12 5B flash bulbs.

There are 31 of the elongated smaller flash bulbs (1 5/8 inches long)

and 17 of the medium size flash bulbs (1 3/4 inches long).

The box and packaging will make wonderful collage material, mixed media projects alternative art sculpture. I was planning on creating an installation with all these bulbs hanging in a store window. But the store closed before I could do it.

History of flash photography - Through the 1920s, flash photography normally meant a professional photographer sprinkling powder into the trough of a T-shaped flash lamp, holding it aloft, then triggering a brief and harmless bit of pyrotechnics.

The use of flash powder in an open lamp for flash photography was soon replaced by flashbulbs; magnesium filaments were contained in bulbs filled with oxygen gas, and electrically ignited by a contact in the camera shutter.

Manufactured flashbulbs were first produced commercially in Germany in 1929. Such a bulb could only be used once, and was too hot to handle immediately after use, but the confinement of what would otherwise have amounted to a small explosion was an important advance. A later innovation was the coating of flashbulbs with a plastic film to maintain bulb integrity in the event of the glass shattering during the flash.

A blue plastic film was introduced as an option to match the spectral quality of the flash to daylight-balanced colour film. Subsequently, the magnesium was replaced by zirconium, which produced a brighter flash.

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