Contributor: Otis C. White
Creative Discipline: Dentistry, Industrial Design
Location: Massachusetts, USA


While on E. Houston a few months ago I decided to take a look in an antique light shop. Not only did I make a new friend of whom will oblige us for an interview, but I discovered the mechanical prowess of Otis C. White. Formally a dentist¬†Otis began designing and building his own lamps before the turn of the century. Upon the invention of Edison’s incandescent light bulb, White decided to use this technology in his own practice. Later he founded the O.C. White Company in 1894. This man has been lost in history. As for the family business it has since been sold and has nothing worth noting being produced any longer.

photos courtesy of B4itwascool.com

Here is a patent that he obtained for a dentist chair during the American Industrial Revolution.


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