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First Soviet Bulb

Posted on April 8, 2009 by


First Soviet Russian bulb

This is how the first Soviet Russian bulbs looked liked. They had the Stalin and Lenin half-face cut as a glower and were considered to be a very classy present - the first of the series were presented to the delegates of Soviet parliament of 1935. Nowadays they are considered to be an awesome antique gadget and for sale in Moscow antique shops for around $2,000.


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29 Responses to “First Soviet Bulb”

  1. w says:

    I meant to say Fake!

  2. ahahah says:

    dam u i wanted to be 1st

  3. Starshii says:

    In SovietRussia bulb lights you!

  4. Daniel says:

    It looks to be some sort of a vacuum arc lamp. There are two plates close by and some low pressure inert gas in the bulb, and when sufficient AC voltage is applied, it creates a dim orange glow around the plates due to a plasma discharge.

    It’s kinda like a very basic neon tube.

    Maybe the plates even heat up enough to give a glow themselves. That pitting on the plates is a sign of ion transfer – little hot particles of metal jumping up from the plate and landing back when the current changes direction. Any DC offset in the current would slowly rip one plate to pieces and deposit the metal ions on the opposite plate.

  5. My grandfather was sentenced to 25 years of labor camps for throwing away one of those!

  6. UNCLE SAM says:

    Are you going to dismantle those plutonium reactors before the powerful United States Of America destroys your little arab terrorist country?

    • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

      Are you going to read your geography lessons and learn that my country, known for centuries as Persia, is not Arab?

      Wishing you knowledge and intelligence,
      M. Ahmadinejad
      Persian, not Arab

  7. brbrbr says:

    I am speechless.

  8. blago84 says:

    I have one similar to this one, but maybe not so old, with a glowing red star in it. (In the place of Stalin’s half-face)

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  10. Cyber Police says:

    What did I tell you!

    Don’t encourage Miss India!

    This is your last warning!!

  11. boriska says:

    Your grandfather should have gotten a death sentence for throwing away $2000

  12. Vladmir Nabob says:

    So, if you got into some trouble, could you point the KGB to your Lenin/Stalin light bulb and use it as a “get out of gulag free” card?

  13. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

    Dear scot,

    Please see my full reply below.

  14. Chess Boxer says:

    it’s a shame i used all of mine for AK-47 target practice after i drank that vodka

  15. scot says:

    OK Thanks Mahnoud.

    On second thoughts perhaps I could just have some gold……

  16. Sam says:

    Thats it!
    when i head there in july i am getting one!!! (though i am gonna haglle, $2000???… no way!)

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  19. Discount says:

    This bulbs are functioning?

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