WW2 “Emergency Signaling Mirror ("ESM/1, Spec. No. 40653 GENERAL ELECTRIC CO.”) in its Original Carton with Backing.
- NOTE: This is the EARLY, ‘first generation’ model Emergency Signaling Mirror, ESM/1, and NOT the later ESM/2!
- Unissued NOS condition!
- Slight ‘bleed through’ of the black paint into the mirror’s silvering on one corner — which appears to be a factory imperfection.
- Carried by USMC /USN aviators , AAF pilots, bomber crewmen in Raft Kits or the TYPE C-1 EMERGENCY SUSTENANCE VEST. This was an effective signaling instrument, visible at 10 miles.
- This also turned up in Marine’s, Aviator’s, and Soldier’s “toilet article rolls” being used as an unbreakable SHAVING MIRROR!
- SIZE: 4 7/8” x 3 7/8”
- Still tied to Original CARDBOARD backing! The Original CARTON shows wear, but is "all there."
- ZERO scratches to the glass or orange painted INSTRUCTIONS for use on the back!
- SPOTLESS Original braided cotton LANYARD (which is often missing or has been replaced with string or a shoelace)!
General Electric is a cultural story as much as a corporate one. The original version of GE was founded by Thomas Edison himself, who ran the firm then later worked as an inventor and researcher in its labs. This company marketed the first light bulb, the vacuum tubes for the first TVs and experimented with America's first jet engine.
Then there's the money. General Electric has been one of the largest, most profitable companies in the U.S. for well over 100 years. Its prominence kept GE a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average until 2018, and its appliance division has made General Electric a fixture (literally and figuratively) in almost every home both American and worldwide.
There islikely something made by GE within a few footsteps of where you are sitting now.
General Electric is special, in part, because of its sheer size and influence on the American consumer. That kind of wealth and durability will make any company important. But this country has many old and rich firms. The real impact of GE is 1889, Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931) had business interests in many electricity-related companies, including Edison Lamp Company, a lamp manufacturer in East Newark, NJ; Edison Machine Works, a manufacturer of dynamos and large electric motors in Schenectady, NY; Bergmann & Company, a manufacturer of electric lighting fixtures, sockets, and other electric lighting devices; and Edison Electric Light Company, the patent-holding company and the financial arm backed by J.P. Morgan (1837–1913) and the Vanderbilt family for Edison's lighting experiments.
In 1889, Drexel, Morgan & Co., a company founded by J.P. Morgan and Anthony J. Drexel, financed Edison's research and helped merge those companies under one corporation to form Edison General Electric Company, which was incorporated in New York on April 24, 1889. The new company also acquired Spraque Electric Railway & Motor Co. in the same yearThe consolidation did not involve all of the companies established by Edison; notably, the Edison Illuminating Co., which would later become Consolidated Edison, was not part of the merger.
In 1880, Gerald Waldo Hart formed the American Electric Company of New Britain, CT, which merged a few years later with Thomson-Houson Electric Co., led by Charles Coffin. In 1887, Hart left to become superintendent of the Edison Electric Company of Kansas City, MO. General Electric was formed through the 1892 merger of Edison General Electric Company of Schenectady, New York, and Thomson-Houston Electric Company of Lynn, MA, with the support of Drexel, Morgan & Co. Both plants continue to operate under the GE banner to this day. The company was incorporated in New York, with the Schenectady plant used as headquarters for many years thereafter. Around the same time, General Electric's Canadian counterpart, Canadian General Electric, was formed.
In 1893, General Electric bought the business of Rudolf Eickemeyer in Yonkers, NY, along with all of its patents and designs. One of the employees was Charles Steinmetz. Only recently arrived in the United States, Steinmetz was already publishing in the field of magnetic hysteresis and had earned worldwide professional recognition. Led by Steinmetz, Eickemeyer's firm had developed transformers for use in the transmission of electric power among many other mechanical and electrical devices. Steinmetz quickly became known as the engineering wizard in GE's engineering
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