World’s Columbian Exposition

First Large Scale Display of Electric Lights

Moses Farmer of Salem who invented Edison’s light bulb and was the first to light a home by electricity worked with Tesla and Edison who he met on the North Shore of Boston to light up the world fair. Edison refused to sell light bulbs to Westinghouse and Tesla so they bought bulbs from Farmer instead. During the fair Farmer would die. This is the fair from the book The Devil and the White City.

To read more about how Salem shaped American history read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.

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