In 1887, William J. Hammer, under Edison's auspices, lectured on "Electrical Wonders." Hammer here sits in the front row right with his arm propped up. Another lecturer George F. Barker wrote to Hammer that "I never had anything equal to your display, either of material of illumination or of good looking assistants."

From Wonder shows: performing science, magic, and religion in America by Fred Nadis

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    1. In 1887, William J. Hammer, under Edison's auspices, lectured on "Electrical Wonders." Hammer here sits in the front row right with his arm propped up. Another lecturer George F. Barker wrote to Hammer that "I never had anything equal to your display, either of material of illumination or of good looking assistants."