Eiffel Tower's searchlights, 1889

Eiffel Tower's searchlights, 1889

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Caption: Eiffel Tower's searchlights. Historical illustration of the large electric searchlights installed on the terrace at the second stage level of the Eiffel Tower after its construction for the Universal Exposition (World Fair) of 1889 in Paris, France. The searchlights were based on the Mangin projector of the early 1880s, and were visible from 300 kilometres away. As well as these searchlights, the Eiffel Tower had a large electric lamp at its summit. A cannon is being fired at upper left. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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