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The South 5th Ave. fire.

The South 5th Ave. fire.

The South 5th Ave. fire. The Century Magazine. The first photograph exposed by phosphorescent light, taken of Tesla. A remotely excited receiving coil displaying sparks between plates. One of the earliest x-ray photographs, this one of Tesla's hand. Another of what Tesla called "shadowgraphs." Wilhelm Röntgen, the physicist credited with the discovery of x-rays. An interior view of Tesla's lab on Houston St. Tesla's magnifying oscillation transformer in action. Another view of Tesla's magnifier in action with a brilliant display. Tesla performing a wireless electricity experiment. Tesla demonstrates electricity conducting through his body.

Year: 1895

March, 13th:  5th Ave. Lab Burns


A fire broke out in the basement of 33-35 South 5th Ave. (now West Broadway) and swept through the entire structure, including Tesla's laboratory, which occupied the entire fourth floor of the six-story building. All of his hundreds of invention models, plans, notes, laboratory data, tools, photographs, valued at $50,000, were destroyed. Tesla is quoted by "The New York Times" as saying, "I am in too much grief to talk. What can I say?"

April:  Tesla Article In Century


Thomas Commerford Martin's article "Tesla's Oscillator and Other Inventions" is published in "The Century Magazine."

April, 15th:  1st Niagara Generator Tested


The first large generator of the Niagara Falls Power Plant, which bore Tesla's name and patent numbers, was ran at full speed, 250 revolutions per minute, and proved quite satisfactory.

December, 28th:  Röntgen Discovers X-Rays


Tesla had originally noticed what he described as "a very special radiation" years earlier when working his "carbon-button" lamp. He produced pictures he called "shadowgraphs" and had performed numerous experiments with them up until the fire at his lab. Upon learning of Röntgen's discovery, Tesla wrote him and sent some of the pictures recovered from the fire. Röntgen replied and asked Tesla how he produced them.

Lab Opened On Houston St.


After fire destroyed the 5th Ave. lab, Tesla was allowed to use Thomas Edison's workshop at Llewellyn Park, New Jersey, but this was only a temporary solution. Within a few weeks, Tesla had rented a laboratory below Greenwich Village, near Chinatown, at 46 and 48 Houston St. This building is now the home of Soho Billiards.

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