Fortunately we have over .023% of
Frank's collection on this website.
No one would
live long enough to browse it online, in any case!
William Terbo, Tesla's Grand-Nephew,
Executive of the Official Tesla Memorial Society,
the oldest and most respected Tesla organization in the United
Tesla Technology Research www.teslatechnologyresearch.com
Others may say they make the biggest or
best Tesla Coils:
Bill Wysock actually does.
The greatest [and only] source for the
highest quality Static Electric Machines,
Induction Coils, Crookes Tubes, Vintage Radios, Leyden Jars, etc.
N. Hakim, MD
Zahi is an amazing collector of early
radiography tubes and related accessories.
He has some real rarities on his website -
is a retired
radiologist, and I greatly admire his work in preserving the rich
history of Röntgen Rays.
OSHA National Training Institute icon and
senior faculty member, Professor "Grizzy" is
the BEST Electrical Safety Trainer in the country. He is also
an avid Tesla enthusiast and
Dr. Daniel Cuscela - www.vintagexraymuseum.org
Dan is a local friend that has one of the most
impressive libraries I have ever seen, and a fine collection
of rare floor model machines of massive proportions. The
largest antique electrostatic machine in the
country, now fully operational - a 24 plate Frank S Betz Toepler-Holtz
X-Ray machine...a 10kW Snook
Interrupter-less X-Ray machine, a vast collection of glass plate
X-Rays and obscure McIntosh floor model machines just to name
"a few". A sincere doctor who cares about
history...that's one of a kind!
Blaske - http://grandpabobbooks.com/
Imagine having a teacher in
middle school that actually taught you something. My first
TV appearance was in middle school, and was the result of this
man: Mr. Blaske. He taught me BASIC computer
programming, and in no time I was programming C and assembly
language at 14 years old. Bob has written an amazing
series of books on "old Florida". Check out his
website and have a look at the Queen Of The Everglades. Even
Mejla reads this book!
Gerrit is a retired medical
physicist with a sincere interest in early radiology. He has
written numerous publications on X-Rays and has beautifully
replicated the work of early pioneers. In doing this work he
is offering new insight from a modern perspective that has been desperately
lacking for more than a century.
Please keep up the good work, Gerrit - it is priceless!
Gerhard is an amazing author
and historian on early X-Ray pioneers. He is compiling a colossal
book of important people in X-Ray history from around the world
- I have seen some drafts of this impressive masterpiece, it
is something to treasure for all X-Ray collectors, historians, and
Bob is an amazing person. He found in a
box of glass negatives the entire life of Earle
Ovington. Over a decade later, he pieced together that amazing
life in the most spectacular
modern book I've ever read. It is a treasure chest of rare
photos and text never seen anywhere else.
Harry had the first Tesla Coil website 20
years before the internet, TCBA News.
He is a Tesla historian, author, collector, educator, and builds some
beautiful Tesla Coils!
Harry wrote an incredible biography that everyone needs:
Kenneth Strickfaden - Dr. Frankenstein's Electrician (McFarland,
Brian has been a great
friend of ours from the north east. He has generously
many machinist tools, wax, and countless useful items for
experiments. In fact, many
projects on this site would probably have never been started if it
wasn't for his surprise
packages. While many Americans are content to scrap anything
they find, Brian finds
a use for it all - we all need to follow this example!
He has a fantastic knowledge of CNC machines (and even builds his
and certainly knows his way around Tesla Coiling!
Mid America Science Museum
Richard Mathias commissioned Bill Wysock to build an even
higher output reproduction of the
Griffith Observatory Tesla Coil. This earned him a Guinness
Record for the largest Conical Tesla Coil
in the world. Richard and his wife demonstrate this coil and
a smaller portable conical coil as part of
their "Sermon From Science" program.
Charles F. Brush
When I think of the name Charles Brush, two
people come to mind. One is the famous inventor who
created magnificent arc lamps. The other is his grandson, who
fortunately preserves such magical
treasures. One of perhaps the greatest scientific studies ever
made was performed in the modern
Brush laboratory: Furby Stress Testing. For those who
haven't seen this video, your life will be
forever changed once you do. Pick yourself up off the floor
after watching it, and be sure to visit
his historical treasures on the site too!
Photography Galleries (Lookseeseen)
Peter is a great collector, and introduced me to a Pancake Coil
chapter from a book that
would change my life: High Frequency Apparatus by Thomas
From the land of Finsen, Poulsen, Pedersen,
and Aakvavit comes one of the
greatest modern Tesla Coil builders, Finn Hammer.
Alastair is a well-known collector from the UK of Violet Rays,
Diathermy Machines, and
Vacuum Discharge Tubes. He has put together some fantastic
YouTube videos of his
Glasapparate und Lehrmittel
Lutz Neumann is perhaps the best glass blower in the world.
I've seen his restorations and
reproductions of Geissler and Crookes Tubes, and feel they are
honestly better than the originals.
Henk has a wonderful site dedicated to
Cathode Ray and Vacuum Discharge Tubes. Geissler Tubes,
Crookes Tubes, X-Ray Tubes, Rotators, and Induction Coils.
1957 - 2008
David was an extraordinary collector that
we all have fond memories of. He did something
unprecedented in medical collecting history: He restored
machines in an authentic way
and managed to make them better than the originals, often to
painstaking lengths. His work
was clearly admirable and nothing short of spectacular.
Bert Hickman c/o
Bert uses high voltage engineering to
that would otherwise seem impossible: Captured Lightning in
acrylic and Shrunken Quarters! Not to mention he is an avid
Tesla Coil builder. "Wrecking havoc with electrons for over 40
That says it all!
Bob was a fantastic collector and curator
of The Museum Of Questionable Medical Devices.
I helped him & Shawne Fitzgerald write a chapter in "Quack!
Tales Of Medical Fraud" on Violet
Ray devices. On retiring, Bob donated his huge collection to
the Science Museum Of Minnesota.
We tried to borrow a few of the devices after for the Steve Harvey
show, and they sent us an $8000
invoice to borrow a few items. The episode was cancelled
immediately. It was an unreal and sad ending.
Michael and Evita have Renaissance-like
hobbies, the greatest of which is distilling
Absinthe using original pre-ban recipes. At 144 proof, it is
quite a wonderful liquid,
and some of the best I've ever had. Evita designs
corsets, and Michael
builds Tesla Coils as well.
Eric is a great machinist who makes some
wonderful Tesla Coils with vintage parts & components.
Awesome website and YouTube videos in Czech of classic high
Induction Heating, Tesla Coils, High Voltage, Fluoroscopy / X-Rays.
Very nice work.
David Rickert is a fantastic collector and
enthusiast of antique quackery and high frequency coils.
Dean P. Currier
Dean is a wonderful collector and
historian of early electrotherapy instruments. He wrote a
wonderful 500 pg. book "Guide To Electrotherapy Instruments And
Histories Of Their American Makers"
Lonnie & Tim Purvis
Lonnie was an extraordinary collector of
antique steam engines, toy sewing machines, kitchen
gadgets, and flywheel engines.
In his amazing "Toy Room" he had two small Tesla Turbines in his
collection that could fit in the palm of your hand and reach RPMs as
high as 20- 30,000 with compressed air.
His son Tim exhibits gigantic flywheel engines locally in South
Roy was a master machinist of model
flywheel engines. He wrote many articles for Modeltec and
machined scale models of engines more accurate than a 1/1000"
manually, and handmade every
single component on his engines down to the nuts and screws!
He was perhaps the greatest manual
machinist of model engines in existence. Why there is not a
website on this man's work is beyond me.
James "Jim" Headberg
Jim was an avid aviator, machinist, and inventor who lived locally
in the Wellington Aero Club. He
collected toy sewing machines and engines, and was a master
machinist. He filed several US patents.