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A pair of McGraw-Edison 125w mercury street lights

Found on ebay from the Oshawa, Ontario area, found at a yard sale. Both were 125 watt mercury vapor street lights. One had a burned ballast and I converted it to 100w MV. I was told these were found in a small town about 30 miles north of Oshawa called Cresswell. Definitely Canadian as clearly marked on the label. The ebayer never wired or tested them and eventually simply listed them on ebay. Each had an EYE HF125PD lamp, which appeared like new. About 8" in diameter and 12" tall. Quite compact.

Additional info from Encyclopedia of Chicago 2005 Chicago Historical Society.

McGraw-Edison Co.
Max McGraw started an electrical-contracting business around 1900, when he was still a teenager in Iowa. In 1926, McGraw moved to Chicago, purchased a toaster company, and set up an electrical appliance business, the McGraw Electric Co. By the mid-1950s, the company had over 1,000 workers in the Chicago area. In 1957, McGraw bought Thomas A. Edison Inc. and formed McGraw-Edison Co., a maker of appliances, tools, and electrical equipment. By the mid-1960s, annual sales topped $450 million, and the company had about 20,000 workers at plants around the country. In the mid-1970s, sales passed $1 billion, and the company had about 2,200 employees in the Chicago area. In 1985, McGraw-Edison was purchased by Cooper Industries of Houston, Texas.

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Album name:lights*plus / Mercury MV street lamps
Company and Date Manufactured:McGraw-Edison of Canada Limited, Power Systems Division. 1960's
Model Number:LM50IBCICW or LM501BC1CW
Wattage:125w H42
Filesize:452 KiB
Date added:Dec 31, 2014
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lite_lover   [Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM]
Nice finds George! Cool

streetlight98   [Jan 01, 2015 at 12:45 AM]
Nice! I'm surprised they ballasts weren't 240V chokes to further save space.

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