Baltimore home found for late dentist's light bulb collection

Since the death of Dr. Hugh F. Hicks at age 79 last year, Baltimore area residents have fretted over the fate of the dentist's collection of over 50,000 light bulbs. For 40 years, Hicks allowed the public to visit his basement Mt. Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting for free. Now the collection, or at least the most important portion, will be viewable at the Baltimore Museum of Industry starting in June 2003.

Dr. Hicks bulbs include the smallest in the world (from NASA, only visible via microscope), the largest ever made (4x3 ft., 50,000 watts), a cockpit bulb from the atomic bomber Enola Gay, a headlight from Nazi Heinrich Himmler's staff car, and a bulb from the Statue of Liberty's orignal torch.

Baltimore Museum of Industry: 1415 Key Highway, 410-727-4808

Gone since 2002.

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