Friday, May 25, 2018

The Lightbulbs: It’s Amazing!

Lightbulb that has been burning since 1901
Have you heard about the lightbulb that has been burning since 1901? It resides in Livermore, California and hangs on a cord from the ceiling of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department’s Fire Station #6. If you want to know more, there are links below.

Well, my lightbulb isn’t as old as all that, but it is still pretty amazing. 

When I hit fourteen, over somethin’-somethin’ years ago, my mom gave me my first makeup mirror—a Jheri Redding II Image Plus lighted mirror with double mirror that flips to a magnified side. Hey, that kinda sounds like Ralphie in "The Christmas Story" with his “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”

My mirror today.

Well, that was about how I felt about my mirror. I was now all grown up and felt very special indeed.

Me on my 14th birthday. Mirror is in the box behind the card.
I remember that birthday more than any other. I received lots of gifts from my family and my older sister made me a birthday cake that looked just like my very first dog—Scottie. Oh, how I loved that dog!

My sister and the "Scottie" cake she made me.
Scottie - my first dog.
Anyway, believe it or not, some forty-odd years later, all four light bulbs are still original and burning! I’ve never replaced a one. Now, you have to admit that that’s pretty astonishing after being used every single day of my life at least once a day, if not twice.

My oldest son is so amazed by it that every time he comes to our house, he goes in and turns it on and off and on and off to see if it is still going. As you can see by the photo, one of the bulbs is completely black but still keeps burning.

The top left just started to go dark. The right has been dark for years.
Some might have thrown the mirror out by now, but I guess I’m sentimental. It’s been a part of my life on a daily basis. Through my teen years, my twenties, marriage, children, sickness and in health. It's endured me pulling funny faces while I brush my hair for years. I don’t know that the bulbs will continue to last as long as the lightbulb in the firehouse, but I still think it is pretty amazing.

Cindy A. Christiansen
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Copyright on all photos beside the Firehouse lightbulb belong to Cindy A. Christiansen.

1 comment:

  1. I have the exact same mirror, from the exact same time and it has all 4 bulbs shining brightly!! And yes, I am still using it because it is the best little mirror in the world! It may have some mascara splattered on it, but it is dusted each week and every time the lights go on and I wonder how long they will last. I'm pretty sure it has gone a good 35 years so far!


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