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This week’s Throwback Thursday is a photograph from the Wonders of Electricity exhibition. This particular photograph is from circa 1932 (before the School of Engineering of Milwaukee changed its name to Milwaukee School of Engineering).


Wonders of Electricity was a demonstration put on by MSOE faculty and students from the mid-1920s to 1950. The show was intended to educate and entertain audiences with electrically-themed experiments. It was featured at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1935, the Wisconsin Centennial State Fair in 1948, and a traveling version of the show visited area high schools during the later years.


Show features included a giant Tesla coil, electromagnets, a ‘stroboscope’ (strobe light), a black light, and experiments in wireless telegraphy.


We have several photographs and pamphlets from the Wonders of Electricity on display in the Library in the case near the stairs. There is also a small online collection of documents related to the show, which may be found here: http://cdm15851.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15851coll101