XVIII century engraving, Blanchard balloon flight over Nuremberg - Vintage Nostalgia
XVIII century engraving, Blanchard balloon flight over Nuremberg

Year 1788, Jean-Pierre Blanchard pioneer in balloon flights at his 28th flight over Nuremberg

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Chemistry:  burning hydrogen produces pure water - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: burning hydrogen produces pure water

How to prove that burning hydrogen produces pure water as “ash”. In the left-hand bottle bits of zinc are oxidised by a diluted sulphuric acid being poured in; the resulting hydrogen is collected through the second neck and exiccated in … Continued

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Chemistry: vapor density determination - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: vapor density determination

Lab equipment for vapor density determination. Vapor density is the density of a vapour in relation to that of hydrogen. It may be defined as mass of a certain volume of a substance divided by mass of same volume of … Continued

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Chemistry: how to obtain hydrogen at room temperature - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: how to obtain hydrogen at room temperature

An easy way to obtain hydrogen at room temperature. Bits of zinc were put on the bottom of a bottle; an 1:8 sulphuric acid solution was poured through the primary neck thus binding the water oxygen as zinc oxide, and … Continued

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Chemistry:  obtain hydrogen by dissociating water - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: obtain hydrogen by dissociating water

A device to obtain hydrogen by dissociating water over glowing iron: the hot iron used the water oxygen to form an iron oxyde thus leaving the hydrogen free. An iron pipe filled with iron shavings was heated up in a … Continued

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Chemistry: how to obtain hydrogen from water - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: how to obtain hydrogen from water

A simple and effective method to obtain hydrogen from water: some metals such as potassium and sodium bind eagerly the oxygen of water even at room temperature thus releasing the corresponding hydrogen, which is collected in a closed cylinder filled … Continued

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Chemical composition of water, weight analysis - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemical composition of water, weight analysis

The first decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen, by electrolysis, was done in 1800 by English chemist William Nicholson. In 1805, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and Alexander von Humboldt showed that water is composed of two parts hydrogen and one … Continued

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Chemical composition of water - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemical composition of water

Why make it simple when complicated is funnier? This contraption was meant to prove the exact chemical composition of water. In the two bottles on the left hydrogen was produced by oxidizing the zinc bits on the bottom of bottle … Continued

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Chemistry:  producing detonating gas - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: producing detonating gas

Producing oxyhydrogen, the detonating gas. The external cylinder was filled with acidulated water (H2SO4). In the internal cylinder the current flowing through the platinum electrodes dissociated the surrounding water in hydrogen and oxygen, that were collected together by the tiny … Continued

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Chemistry: electrolysis - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: electrolysis

When the electrolysis was still a child…The funnel and the two single-mouthed cylinders were initially filled with slightly acidulated water (a small amount of sulphuric acid). In each cylinder was set a platinum electrode. As the contraption was connected to … Continued

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Chemistry: Oxyhydrogen blower. - Vintage Nostalgia
Chemistry: Oxyhydrogen blower.

Oxyhydrogen is mixture of hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). If a stream of air is blown through a Oxyhydrogen flame, the fuel- air mixing is enhanced and the jet exiting the flame is intensely hot.

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Old chemistry: hydrogen lighter - Vintage Nostalgia
Old chemistry: hydrogen lighter

One of the first lighters was invented by the German chemist J. W. Doebereiner in 1823. This lighter worked by a reaction of hydrogen to a platinum sponge (acting as a catalyst), with of a great amount of heat being … Continued

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