First Soviet Bulb

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 thoughts on “First Soviet Bulb”

  1. 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.

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

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  4. 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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  7. 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?

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