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Lightbulb found in cornerstone still works after 100 years

Five bulbs were found packed in sand beside a time capsule in Cleveland.

The five lightbulbs discovered next to a time capsule after 100 years.
The five lightbulbs discovered next to a time capsule after 100 years.
Image: AP Photo/Tony Dejak

AT LEAST ONE of five century-old incandescent light bulbs still works after being pulled from the cornerstone of a Cleveland-area building along with a time capsule.

The Plain Dealer reports that GE Lighting began a 100th anniversary celebration of the Nela Park operation on Monday at one of the park’s original buildings at the East Cleveland research centre.

The lead-box time capsule held photos of Nela founders, journals, and a book of technical specifications. The 40-watt light bulbs were packed in sand above the box. A special socket was used to show off one bulb’s longevity. The rest went to a research lab.

The Nela industrial park is the headquarters of GE Lighting, and is listed as an historic place by the US Department of the Interior.

(Image: GE Lighting on Facebook)

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