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  I.  Return To The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum

Thomas Burton Kinraide
 Inventor, Electrician, and Pioneer of High Frequency X-Ray Apparatus
My interest in Kinraide began in 1996 from a few passages in a monumental
book by Frederick Finch Strong, "High Frequency Currents" from 1908. 

This interest grew over the years, and soon I would become the first person in nearly a
century to begin reproducing some of his work.  This started off with the resurrection of
some obscure coil winding techniques and a house-turned-laboratory filled with
beeswax, rosin, mica, copper, hardwoods, and other turn of the century materials.

After years of searching, often months on end with little avail, I managed to accumulate
a few turn of the century books, articles, and photos that made reference to Kinraide.

My wife Rita and I finally decided to head to Boston and try to find anything related to the
man, and within two weeks of booking the tickets a series of unusual and uncanny events
led us to the clues we needed to find the location of his former home.  Once there, we
uncovered a secret array of a hidden underground passages leading to his laboratory.

Untouched for nearly a century, and severely damaged from flood and erosion, we managed to uncover several hundred glass plate negatives and the world's earliest
surviving Tesla Coils.

Our goal at the Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum is to remember those who
are forgotten, and to preserve the work of those who have forged the paths to which the
road of the 20th Century was paved: 

Thomas Burton Kinraide is one of the greatest examples:  Pioneer in X-Ray Coils and
High Frequency Currents, he took the discoveries of Tesla and Röntgen and refined them
to degrees unimaginable.  His electric discharge photos mark an epoch in science and
physics, and while it's taken a century to find them, we have every intention of making
sure that he receives the credit he is due!

Jeff Behary  26. June 2005                  

The Quest For Kinraide (movie)
RAVENSCROFT:  The Winter Home Of Thomas Burton Kinraide
Thomas Burton Kinraide Photographs
Photos from ExtraOrdinary Technology 2005:  Public lecture about Kinraide
Kinraide's Home and Laboratory
Kinraide's Hunting Collection
Kinraide / Kinraide Coil Scans
Kinraide's Laboratory:  Recovered Materials Gallery I
The famous glass rods used in his Kinraide Coil patent; Kilos of Beeswax
and Rosin; a Condenser/Pancake Coil combination similar to that of the
Jackson Coils; The induction coil witnessed by Frederick Finch Strong in
1897; A variety of castings; A carved geometric block (part of one of Kinraide's
later inventions); Liquor and scent bottle; Decaying doctor's bag (perhaps Strong's?)
Kinraide Coil restored and in operation
Some of Kinraide's 8x10 Glass Plate Negatives
Some Deeds to Kinraide property
World-Astounding Electrical Discoveries by Thomas Burton Kinraide of Jamaica Plain
Family photos of Kinraide from Don Harris
Kinraide's Gravestone in Forest Hills Cemetery
The Hermitage, Kinraide's Summer Home (burned to the ground since)
The Swett & Lewis Jackson Coil nameplate
My first visit to Jamaica Plain, Ravenscroft...
2007 Next Kinraide Adventure with Pam and Steve
2007 Jamaica Plain adventure with Steve and Steven
Kinraide and his coil making a radiograph
Portrait of Thomas Burton Kinraide from Dottie Welch


These pages are dedicated to:

  Thomas Burton Kinraide
  Mr. & Mrs. Steve Williams and Noel
  Thomas and Beverly Kinraide
  Dottie Welch
  Pam Sage
  Julia Hendy

Many Thanks to Steve and Noel, for their incredible generosity and kindness.
Many Thanks to my wife Rita for putting up with my eccentricities.
Many Thanks to the Kinraide Family for sharing stories with a complete stranger.
Many Thanks to Frank and Shari for sharing the curiosity.
Many Thanks to Tom Easton for photographing the Kinraide grave.

  (C) Jeff Behary 2005, c/o The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum