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Edison and Steinmetz
Edison and Steinmetz
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Electricity arrived in Schenectady on Feb. 2, 1886, just a few short months before Thomas Edison. Both were big hits. Streetlights powered by electricity, not gas or oil, greatly reduced the risk of fire and helped enhance a relatively new leisure activity enjoyed by some 19th-century citizens: urban nightlife. As for the man generally credited with inventing the light bulb, Edison and his company, the Edison General Electric Company, instantly meant the creation of 1,000 ...

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