A Brighter Idea

© Joe  Beasley IPA

McMinnville TN, United States

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With today’s built in pop up electronic flashes it is easy to forgot what a “big deal” indoor photography was in the early days.

One of the first successful solutions to a portable light source for low light photography was Flash powder
There was major downsides in that there was potentially a high risk of accidental explosions which can inflict severe blast/fragmentation injuries e.g., blindness, explosive amputation, permanent maiming or disfigurement. Fatalities have occurred.

On September 23, 1930, the first commercially available photoflash bulb was patented. Put into production by German Johannes Ostermeier, these bulbs were called the Vacublitz. They burned a thin tin foil. These bulbs were soon followed by the General Electric Sashalite which used aluminum foil in a pure oxygen environment.

For more informaton on photoflash bulbs vistit my friend at Darklight Imagery

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