25 Rare and Unique Photographs of Nikola Tesla

An experiment illustrating the action of a synchronized circuit energized by waves transmitted from a distant oscillator – The energy received is transferred upon another unresponsive circuit, lighting the incandescent lamp attached to the same.


John T. Morris, Victor Beam, and Tesla pose with the alternator that had been discovered.

Tesla holding a gas-filled phosphor-coated wireless light bulb which he developed in the 1890s, half a century before fluorescent lamps come into use. Published on the cover of the Electrical Experimenter in 1919.


Tesla is seen in his New York City office in 1916. The inventor often crossed the street to Bryant Park to feed the pigeons there. The drawings behind Tesla depict his steam engine design.

Tesla in 1879 at age twenty-three.

The master of lightning in his room at the Hotel New Yorker.

Tesla receives the Order of the White Lion from the Czechoslovak governments, July 11, 1937.

Tesla in 1916 pointing to a discharge in a photograph taken at Colorado Springs in 1899.


Nikola Tesla photographed working in his office at 8 West 40th Street. The image was taken in 1916.

Pictured here are Nikola Tesla and one of his inventions. This image was taken in 1916.

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Tesla experiments with currents of High Voltage and High Frequency in 1899.

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Tesla near his transmitter in Colorado Springs. The device was capable of transmitting millions of volts of electricity over great distances without wires. The image was taken in 1899.

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Tesla looks out the door of his laboratory in Colorado Springs. The image was taken in 1899.