Static electricity experiment, 19th century

Static electricity experiment, 19th century

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Caption: Static electricity experiment. 19th-century illustration of paper puppet-figures dancing below a sheet of paper due to the attraction of a static electric charge. The static electricity on the sheet of paper is generated by friction. This illustration, part of a section titled 'Experiences de Physique sans Appareils' (illustrating popular physics experiments that don't require the use of laboratory equipment), is from 'Physique Populaire' (Emile Desbeaux, 1891).

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