Updated 31-XII-2018

Henry Schroeder

This article was written by fellow lamp engineer and collector Edward J. Covington, and originally appeared on his own website of biographical sketches of persons involved in the lamp industry. Following his passing in February 2017, and with kind permission of his family, Ed's words have been preserved here in the hope of maintaining access to his writings for the benefit of subsequent generations.

Henry Schroeder, around 1928

Henry Schroeder (Feb 28 1879 - Dec 21 1952) is known to the collectors of early incandescent lamps as the author of a book on that subject. In addition to articles and a book written solely, he coauthored a book with John W. Howell that is considered, by some, to be the authoritative source for descriptions of the Edison lamp developments.

Schroeder's photograph, shown above, was taken about 1928. He was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia University in 1899 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Schroeder entered the Sales Department of the Edison Lamp Works at Harrison, New Jersey on Apr 16, 1908. In 1911 he was made Assistant to the Sales Manager in charge of the Commercial Engineering Department. On Nov 1, 1925 his position was that of Commercial Engineer. Henry Schroeder was married to Annetta Rhodes Weaver Schroeder. They had three sons and one daughter: Harry Jr., Charles F., George W. and Mrs. Annettea S. Horton. About 1928 Schroeder's home was at 390 Sanford Avenue, Flushing, Long Island, New York. He retired in 1929, and died in 1952 at his home in Quogue, Long Island.

  1. "The Manufacture of the MAZDA Lamp", Henry Schroeder, The Central Station, Jan 1921, p.196.
  2. "The Incandescent Electric Lamp", Henry Schroeder, Commercial America, Dec 1921, p.35.
  3. "The Incandescent Lamp - Its History", Henry Schroeder, Bulletin L.D. 118A, Edison Lamp Works, Jan 1923.
  4. "History of Electric Light", Henry Schroeder, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol.76 No.2, Publication 2717, Aug 15 1923.
  5. "The History of the Incandescent Lamp", John W. Howell & Henry Schroeder, The Maqua Company, Publisher, Schenectady, NY, 1927.
  6. "Book of the Incas", ca 1930.
  7. "Henry Schroeder", Obituary, The New York Times, Dec 23 1952, p.23 col.4.
  8. "Henry Schroeder", Obituary, The New York Daily News, Dec 23 1952, p.433.