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Electricity

What is electricity? What are the mechanics behind it? How do we use it? What is its history. This collection helps to answer these questions and may spark more curiosity about electricity.

This collection was created by Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center faculty member. #SEECStories

Optician's Sign

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Electric Heater

National Museum of American History

Electric Toaster

National Museum of American History

Western Electric "Princess" Phone

National Museum of American History

Western Electric telegraph relay

National Museum of American History

Electric Engine Toy

National Museum of American History

Electric Streetcar Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Estey electric organ

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Waring Electric Blender

National Museum of American History

The Flow of Electric Charge

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Parker Fly Electric Guitar

National Museum of American History

Electric Production and Direction

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Miner's Electric Cap lamp

National Museum of American History

Advertisement for Emerson Electric

National Postal Museum

17c Electric Auto single

National Postal Museum

Electric Streetcar, Capital Traction Co. # 303

National Museum of American History

Mix-O-Matic Electric Mixer

National Museum of American History

Carbon Filament Lamp

National Museum of American History

Christmas Light Set

National Museum of American History

Mercury Vapor Lamp

National Museum of American History

Home Made Electricity

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Brass Making: The Electric Furnace, [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

So. Calif. Edison Plant, Long Beach, Calif.

National Museum of American History

Bevil Wind Mill Patent Model

National Museum of American History

Old Hook Mill, Easthampton

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Scenic Shenandoah

Smithsonian Channel

Cottle Windmill, Patent Model

National Museum of American History

Benjamin Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Alva Edison

National Portrait Gallery

Kite Boy

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Untitled, Washington Monument with Lightning

Smithsonian American Art Museum