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Robert Steed
Robert Steed • 2 years ago

Colorado Springs photograph during an experiment (December 31, 1899). Several million volts of lightning cascade through a portion of the laboratory. Tesla is portrayed as deep in thought on a book in the background. This is a double exposure to signify the extent of the discharge in the complex.

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