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Emile Bachelet Collection, 1890-1973

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Collector:
Bachelet, Emile 1863-1946
Donor:
Bachelet, Albert E
Photograph publishers:
Brown Bros
Subject:
Churchill, Winston Sir 1874-1965
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft
3 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Contracts
Patents
Place:
England
Date:
1890
1890-1973
1910-1920
19th-20th century
Notes:
Bachelet, born in Paris, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s, became a citizen (1888), moved to California and then Tacoma, Washington, where he worked as an electrician, later as an inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices (for treatment of rheumatism, etc.). He conceived the idea of magnetic levitation and worked for 20 years on its application to a train, a model of which was demonstrated in London in 1914, receiving much public attention and some financial support. In the early 1900s Bachelet moved to New York City and formed a company to further his inventions. However, his interest shifted often from one device to another and he moved to Kingston and then Poughkeepsie, where he died.
Summary:
Many contemporary newspaper accounts of the public presentation and demonstration of Bachelet's model of a magnetically levitated train in London in 1914. Photographs show the device being viewed by government officials and others, including one of Winston Churchill, one of the Lord Mayor of London with Bachelet, and another of the Duke and Duchess of Teck, 1914. Some photographs are by Brown Bros.
Cite as:
Emile Bachelet Collection, 1890-1973, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Albert E. Bachelet
Topic:
Electromagnetism
Electromagnetism in medicine
Magnetic levitation vehicles
Railroads--Trains
Magnetic suspension
Inventions
Medicine
Patents
Inventors
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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