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Drawing of an incandescent light fixture by Lewis Latimer, 1884Drawing of an incandescent light fixture by Lewis Latimer, 1884

A skilled draftsman who worked with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, Latimer was an accomplished inventor and engineer in his own right. In 1982 the National Museum of American History purchased ninety of his mechanical drawings, including this one, completed the year Latimer went to work for Edison.

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