. . . those who regularly subscribed to "Scientific American" magazine would have discovered a full-page article about an electrical engineer called Gustave Trouvé, translated from an article by Georges Dary in the French magazine "Electricité".
This was the first time that Monsieur Trouvé’s
works were presented in detail to the American
public, including Edison. The same year, a
syndicate of American speculators was set up to
exploit all the inventions of the new "French
Edison". Trouvé agreed on condition that he was
paid a retainer of 700 dollars per week until the
firm had assembled its capital; this income was
paid for quite some time. But nothing ever came
of the project, since the president of the syndicate
committed suicide, having been ruined on the
New York Stock Exchange. Since then, for
130 years, Trouvé has remained unknown to the
Now, thanks to Kevin Desmond's biography,
"Gustave Trouvé, French Electrical Genius"
published by McFarland & Co. Inc. of Jefferson, North Carolina, a continent familiar with the names Edison and Tesla, will discover this forgotten Parisian electrical wizard.
The frontal headlamp, the calendar clock, the endoscope, the electric automobile,
the electric boat, the electric airship, the electric rifle, the electric piano, electric jewellry....just some of the 75 inventions of the remarkable Monsieur Trouvé!!
To make your journey of discovery all the more enjoyable,
make sure you now have the sound turned up on your computer.