Was featured in the TV show "Forever" episode "Fountain of Youth".
Carre Static Electric Machine, restored by Jeff Behary for Frank Jones. Made by Queen & Company of Philadelphia. When Frank purchased this machine there were only two others known to exist in the USA. He since bought a second and sent to me from France, and I have built several replicas. The machine is unique because it combines frictional electricity with electrical influence - and was the first machine of its type.
The Carre Dielectric Machine as it first arrived. It was never meant to have sectors, not sure why and when these appeared... The disks are made of ebonite on this machine.
Dodd & Struthers Thunder and Lightning Machine, used to sell Lightning Rods. It was taken door to door with a small house that could be made to blow apart from an electrical discharge if it wasn't grounded.
Shinn made a similar machine, and also sold lightning rods. The machines were quite successful in demonstrating the safety of a safely grounded structure.
Frank S. Betz Toepler Holtz Machine, as originally purchased by Daniel Cuscela from the Dirk Soulis auction in Kansas City.
Sparks from the machine after we restored it when a leyden jar was included in the circuit.
This photo was taken from a UV camera with quartz lenses.
Here is a photo of the same machine restored. It cost over $10K to restore and Dan Cuscela and I spent over a year making it functional. It is the largest machine of its type in the United States, if not the world to be fully-functional.
Here is Benjamin Franklin's original electrical machine in the Franklin Institute.
Here is a later version of a machine that he built to study electricity.
This is a "battery" of leyden phials, a capacitor bank used to store static electricity.
Franklin's Bells were a clever invention to warn people when it was going to rain. It used atmospheric electricity to attract and repel a small ball which would strike the bells.
This is an early static machine from the late 1700s found in a barn outside of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin or Joseph Priestley might have experimented with this machine. It was generously donated to me by Andy Barr.
Here are two examples of static electric machines from the Narodni Technicke Muzeum in Prague. I took these photos in 2003.