[Ads-l] calciums (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Wed Jan 14 20:10:40 UTC 2015

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OED has "calcium lights", but not the following, where they are referred to as "calciums".

22 Jun 1886 _Auburn [NY] Bulletin_ p 8 col 1
"They want the streets lighted with powerful calciums and the stores with incandescent lights." 

20 Feb 1897 Brooklyn NY _Daily Standard Union_ p 7 col 1
"She is one of the most graceful dancers in the country, and has made such a careful study of the effects to be produced by electric calciums that her skirt dances are indeed marvels."

May 1903 _The Sphinx_ p 26 col 2
"The chief electrician standing in the first entrance at the switchboard can now press a button and the colors change before the calciums in every direction can be changed instantaneously."

Jan 1911 _Variety_ p 16 col 3
"The calciums are placed upstage and the forms of the chorus are placed in relief."

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