Thank you - I will keep adding to the page.
I have a lot more material that I need to put into digital form.
I do still have a lot of work to do on the socket pages, many more pictures that need to be taken.
My current task is to get the image database up.
The image database will allow you to view pictures of all kinds of electrical items from early catalogs.
When I first started, I was doing one catalog at a time, now I am doing one section at a time for catalogs already in digital format. I am starting on sockets and will move on to the next item from there. So far I have about 50 catalogs scanned into digital from 18?? to 1920 and am busy adding socket images. After I am done with the database, I will be scanning in another 50 or so catalogs to add to the database.
When each topic is done, you will be able to track items using key words or company part numbers to see when the item first came out, and then the last catalog it was found in. This would give a good idea of a date range on a vintage item.
You can use wild card searches using the *
bryant-* would bring up anything with a bryant part number
*bryant* would bring up anything with the word bryant
First set your images to display a high number such as 50 at the bottom right of the page.
To researh an item:
Search for acorn
You will come up with several acorn sockets.
Go down to the bottom of the page and find the picture of the GE acorn GE part number 66223 and click on it. If you now move down, you will see a key word box, and the other acorns that this one came from. Click on the links for key words to view more info and dates and find other items. You will see that the first acorn socket was a Bergmann, then Edison General Electric, then GE and the catalog dates of the changes. As I add more catalogs you would be able to follow the acorn socket right up into the last catalog.
It is not linked on the main page yet:
You can find the catalog database at:
I hope this helps someone - Michael