Edison Light Bulb Return

Homage to the original "Light Show", customers paying bills and returning used light bulbs for new ones. Still looking for anyone ideas for upcoming images!!! or comment/critique.

"Edison Light Bulb Return" Pen/ Adobe Illustrator.

Thought I would pay homage to the original "Light Show" which was a big deal in Rochester. Streetcar line power came in 1899, soon after Rochester Electric Light & Power was established. I chose to represent a later decade with Edison having been in charge since 1909 (but also allowed me grace period to put in a truck...did we have trucks?)

Since I'm still doing this project on my own I'm kind of piecing together different points of time and details for artistic purposes. I AGAIN state that ultimately Id like to develop deeper consistency of period details within my work, which will in way hinder my creativity or style but make it all the more meaningful. Until then however I have to get the word out about my work in this style and for this project. so please, by ALL MEANS, give me notes. I may not change the current artwork as it reflects who I was as an artist when I began this project. It also reflects what I chose to do with and interpret what data I had to work with...which was a LOT.

I'm asking the community to be a part of this project as well. If you have a scene you want depicted, please please please inquire. I love direction, and I love great results. I look forward to working with you all!

PS. The asterisk was probably never on any sign, just a funny note that the light bulbs weren't FREE, they were just factored into the electricity rates. In 1976 U.S. a Supreme Court decision Cantor v. Detroit Edison Co., ended that practice as it violated anti-trust laws and restrained trade of the light bulb market.

Thanks to Deborah J. Larson for her informative Remembering Rochester books and Bob Lytle for graciously loaning me some photo books to scan and scour over!


Bryan Clifford

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