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J.D. Hooker's website traces the development of the materials, science and technology behind electric light sources from their earliest beginnings right up to the present day. It contains a great number of illustrations of historic lamps, together with in-depth technical details.
Stanislav Slabyhoudek is a collector of light sources, vacuum products, leaflets, catalogs, patent papers, plants stories, and all other information around the light. His collection contains almost 11,000 different lamps: this is probably the most complete collection in the world!
Tim Tromp's website purpose is to share over 600 pictures of items from his personal collection. Such items include antique light bulbs, early radio tubes and box art, Geissler and Crookes discharge tubes, X-ray tubes, Aerolux figural neon glow lights, vintage Christmas lights and more. Available for download are old lighting catalogs, early historical books on lighting, and a vast assortment of other paper items. It offers also a discussion board to allow fellow collectors and historians to network with others and post classified ads.
This website presents the collection of Rigo Richter: more than 1,100 pictures of discharge lamps, arc lamps, spectral lamps, and much more.
Stefan Eichhorn's private collection of incandescent lamps, discharge lamps and flash lamps, with many pictures and technical details. Also many catalogs available for download.
This website focuses on the personal collection of electric lamps and lighting equipment Colin Grimes has collected over the years. The collection ranges from domestic light bulbs to specialized lamps, including airport runway lamps and ex military lamps and lights.
A wealth of in-depth information about LEDs, Incandescent and Halogen Lamps, Fluorescent Lamps, Discharge Lamps, Short Arc Lamps, Xenon Lamps, Xenon Strobes, UV lamps, Odd and Unusual Lamps, High Voltage Stuff, Tesla Coils, Plasma Spheres, Jacobs Ladders, Carbon Arcs, Lasers, and much more!
David L. Brittain collects flashbulbs. His site presents a list of known flashbulb models by brand, with links to photographs of many of the flashbulbs in his collection.
This website is a record of a collection that Frank Andrews built up in the 1980's to research a book on the history of Electric Lighting. His area of interest was the developement of the bulb from an expensive luxury 1900-10, developments leading to the modern bulb 1900-1920, Refinement and social impact 1920 onwards.
The goal of this private museum is to collect, restore and preserve the remnants of electric lighting technology and the history of the technical industry, especially from the 1950s to the 1990s. It exhibits about 3,000 lamps, light sources, vacuum technology and glass processing equipment, electrical and telecommunication devices. The website is mainly in Hungarian language, but Google Translate provides a great help!
The Virtual Valve Museum is the online presentation of Jeremy M. Harmer's personal collection. There are currently more than 2,670 valves in the collection, and 2,250 are on the website, with nice pictures and data.
Allan Wyatt's virtual museum presents more than 2,500 vacuum tubes of all types, illustrated with superb photographs and full technical details.
Norman Wilson's rich collection of tubes is conceived as a virtual museum that tube collectors could use for reference on the Internet. Mainly transmitting tubes, but other categories are present as well (early receiving tubes, rectifiers, thyratrons, klystrons, magnetrons, X-ray and special purpose tubes).
A comprehensive overview of the fabulous collection of Udo Radtke: more than 10,000 vacuum tubes from the whole world, some very rare.
Pictures, data and facts about more than 2,400 tubes.
A rich source of pictures and technical information about German vacuum tubes.
Joachim Gittel's website is a gold mine of information on German vacuum tubes.
French radio ham Claude Paillard builds from scratch vacuum tubes! Watch the absolutely mesmerizing 17 minutes video. Also on this website: Detailed history of the radio tubes, Construction of a transmitter using old lamps.
Mike Harrison's website has a lot of interesting material about electric related stuff, like unusual vacuum tubes, nixies, dekatrons & counting tubes, Tesla coils and other high-voltage devices, lasers, and much, much more!
Bill Condon's website presents early tube photos and articles.
Photo galleries of the tube collections of Radiomuseum members.
Some interesting and/or unusual types.
Pictures and data.
Gallery of electronic tubes.
Pictures and data of various tubes, mainly Russian types.
Although most of the site is in Japanese, it has many interesting pictures of Western Electric Transmitting & Receiving Tubes and other World Vacuum Tubes.
Although in Japanese, this website presents many pictures and data about Japanese tubes. Google Translate provides a great help!
VACUUM TUBES SELLERS
Jan Philipp Wüsten offers a large number of vacuum tubes of all types, including some unusual, as well as technical books, old radios, measuring equipment, accessories and spare parts... PayPal, VISA and Mastercard credit cards, bank transfer and bank check are accepted. A very serious salesman.
Tony and MJ are collectors, admirers and suppliers of many fine vacuum Tubes/Valves and related products from around the world.
ODD and SPECIAL TUBES
Charles S. Osborne has gathered all available information on the RCA Selectron, a Selective Electrostatic Storage Tube, and also hard-to-find data on vintage computers and [Direct View] Storage Tubes.
A fabulous Web resource for finding data on 17,000 vacuum tubes and more than 22,800 substitutes.
Frank Philipse's website gathers more than 10,000 PDF datasheets. It provides also information about tube bases, tube number systems, and other tube related subjects.
A comprehensive directory of datasheets, some hard-to-find.
CV Register of Electronic Valves (including semiconductor devices) 1963, Amendment 14 (May 1971).
Scanned vintage books, manuals, catalogs, papers...
Russian and Microwave Tubes datasheets.
Basics of data tubes, datasheets, circuits.
Here you'll find 300B and other tube schematics, drawings, pictures, datasheets, and just anything a tube freak needs!
The website of this Russian company contains many datasheets about Backward wave tubes, Gas stabilizers, Gas discharge devices, Generator and modulator tubes, Klystrons, Magnetrons, Noise generators, Receive amplify tubes, Spark gaps, Travelling wave tubes and CRTs.
This company specializes in trading Russian vacuum tubes used in broadcasting, amateur radio, Hi-Fi audio, meteorology, communication, medical applications and industry. The website shows data for many Russian tubes.
Over 200 original datasheets are scanned mostly from the 1966 Electron Devices Reference (in Russian) and saved as .GIF graphics at minimum readable resolution.
This table is courtesy of Eric Barbour and will be extremely useful for identifying Russian tubes.
Enter Cyrillic characters using this virtual keyboard, then copy/paste them into your favorite search engine.
Professor Grzegorz Jezierski's collection is undoubtedly the most comprehensive in the world! Vintage X-Ray tubes made of glass and ceramic, modern ones for industrial radiography, dental/medical, diffraction type, fluorescence type, microfocus X-ray tubes, miniature X-ray tubes...
Dr. Zahi Hakim's superb collection of antique X-ray tubes and accessories used in the Art of Radiology.
This website explains how to generate and detect X-rays and illustrates some aspects of X-ray physics. There is a wide range of X-ray optical devices.
The museum is setup in the waiting rooms of the military hospital department of medical imaging. The website presents a gallery of some of the 1,500 exhibits shown in the museum.
This richly illustrated website presents: Amplifiers, Detectors, Dishes, Early Microwave Use, Feeds, Gunn Oscillators, Heil Tubes, Horns, JVL Mixers, Klystrons, Low Noise Oscillators, Planar Triodes, Transceivers, Traveling Wave Tubes, Wavemeters.
Numerous pictures of traveling-wave tubes and TWT amplifiers.
NIXIES, COUNTING TUBES
Dieter Wächter has gathered in these pages a very large collection of pictures and informations about Nixie and other display and counting tubes.
Jens Boos shows his nice collection of Nixie tubes, with many pictures and technical information.
Dan Veeneman's website has an interesting section about Nixie Tubes, Numitron Readouts, Cathode Ray Tubes, Neon Glow Lamps and old LED Displays.
The VTA is an electronics research and development group which specializes in the study, preservation and implementation of obsolete military and industrial technology. Decimal counting tubes are their specialty: dekatrons and magnetic beam switching tubes.
Photo gallery of ancient cameras and camera tubes (iconoscopes, orthicons).
CATHODE RAY TUBES & OSCILLOSCOPES
A lot of interesting pictures from a part of Henk Dijkstra's tube collection: CRTs, camera tubes and famous demonstration tubes like the Crookes Maltese Cross tube. Also Röntgen (X-Ray), Geissler tubes and Ruhmkorff coils are part of this website.
A collection of CRTs, mostly of Russian and German origin.
The objective of this site is to give consumers of laser lab products as much information as possible, and a platform where freedom of choice is possible. To that end, they have selection guides for all sorts of products!
The purpose of this site is to help people get information about classic Tektronix equipment.
Historical Instrumentation Collection.
Many pictures and technical information.
HISTORIC & DIDACTIC TUBES
A large gallery of Crookes, Geissler and Röntgen tubes, and also some commercial vacuum tubes.
Samuel M. Goldwasser's Practical Guide to Lasers for Experimenters and Hobbyists, including in-depth details about safety, info, links, parts, types, drive, construction, and much more.
Photos of Various Laser Systems, Power Supplies, and Components. This gallery is a collection of pages associated with Sam's Laser FAQ which provides thumbnails and links to full size photos of a variety of specific pieces of laser equipment including interior and exterior views and closeups.
Ralf Jaeckel's website gives an insight into the history, operation and execution of the large mercury arc rectifiers.
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