Are these flashbulbs safe to use?

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  1. mfratt

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    I just received my Crown Graphic 23 from the 'bay. The seller included a Graflite setup and about a dozen bulbs. There is a brown staining around the base of the glass - I'm wondering if they're safe to use or not.
     

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    To meet current safety standards, I'd recommend putting a clear dome in front of the flash unit in case the bulb shatters.

    I assume a fair amount of these bulbs shattered in their day - based on the warnings printed on the packaging of "safety" bulbs.

    But I bet they would fire off just fine.
     
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    All of my Nr. 11 bulbs have that same "staining".
     
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    Cool. Good to know. Now I've just got to find a battery pack for this things and I'm off.

    But then I don't get to scare everyone half to death with my obnoxious flash :sad:
     
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    You will. Get prepared with a soothing response.
     
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    When I was about 17, I worked as an assistant photographer for a guy who told me that on VE day after WWII he was taking photographs of people celebrating in a town centre and he was using a plate camera with flash. One of his flash bulbs exploded and some of the shards of glass hit a girl in front of him (no injury incurred) and she later became his wife.
     
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    Exploding flash bulbs, who knew? I set fire to the girl I eventually married. Fortunately no real damage. Did leave a red mark for a few days...
     
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    *sings* c'mon baby light my fire
    its time to set me on.... FIIIIIREEEEEEEEE WOAH
     
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    That song was popular about that time, too. It was an accident, but she did wind up with flaming gasoline on her jeans. Fortunately there was a fire extinguisher handy.
     
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    What's the worst that could happen? Just take it to an open space and fire it (maybe make sure there's no one within 20m).
     
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    This is terrible I know, and kiddies don't do this at home, but a long time ago we used to put flashbulbs in lamp sockets which would scare the bejeesus out of the person turning on the light.:devil:
     
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    *goes eBaying for Halloween supplies*
     
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    I remember flash bulbs from when I was a child. Most of my memories of childhood holidays involve floating white orbs. I suspect that my retinas are permanently scarred. Make sure that your victims (subjects) wear nuclear blast eye protection.
     

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    I'd experiment with one or two. Back in the day, I only used those screw in bulbs for shots over 45 feet away. I used midgets (Press25's) closer.
     
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    There is one member of APUG who as a child decided to take apart an unused flashcube with a screwdriver. He burned his hands and go a brilliant concept at the same time.
     
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    In 1947, Puerto Rican nationalists planned to assassinate President Harry Truman while he was at Blair House in Washington. Two shooters approached Blair House and got into a gunfight with police and Secret Service guards posted at the door. Truman was inside and not hurt, but he heard and perhaps saw the gunfight. Much later, a flashbulb on a press photographer's camera exploded while Truman was speaking, and several people were alarmed and ready to take cover. Truman remained calm, smiled and said that an exploding flashbulb didn't bother him as he had already been shot at by people with real bullets.