Tesla Electrical Coil Patent Letterpress Print


Tesla Electrical Coil Patent Letterpress Print


Our first print series features the work of famous 19th century rivals Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Printed exclusively for Gaslight Electric by Everlovin' Press. 

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Edison and Tesla

The well known Edison was a prolific inventor and business man, while Tesla was more of a brilliant visionary. They often clashed over their methods, particularly their ideas for electrical transmission. Edison had developed his direct current (DC) system, while Tesla believed in his own alternating current (AC) system. 

Tesla originally worked for Edison. Edison hired Tesla after hearing about his abilities but thought Tesla's ideas were “splendid” but “utterly impractical.” 

Edison made a $50,000 bet that Tesla could not improve the efficiency of Edison’s prototypical dynamos. After months of work Tesla improved them greatly, Edison claimed it was a joke and never paid the wager. 

Edison would have is name etched in the history books, while Tesla would die penniless and alone after selling many of his patents to George Westinghouse, and having others taken by the US government after his death, include plans for a Death Ray.

Tesla on Edison: "If he had a needle to find in a haystack he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once, with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. ... I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor."

Tesla's AC would eventually be adopted for mass power transmission, but would end up being converted to DC within household appliances.