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Nathan Stubblefield
1860 - 1928 (Timeline)
" I have solved the problem of telephoning without wires through the earth as Signor Marconi has of sending signals through space."

"The past is nothing. I have perfected now the greatest invention the world has ever known. I have taken light from the air and the earth, as i did sound"

- Nathan Stubblefield

"These observations indicate that Stubblefield had managed indeed the direct conversion of earth energy to light and warmth. This would be acceptable, were Mr. Stubblefield simply working on a newer form of drawing electricity from the ground to light small arc-lamps; a feat which he had accomplished earlier. But these kind persons could never find any evidence of arc-lighting or any other form of known lighting anywhere near the area. In their own words "the light seemed to come out from the ground itself"."


Electric Battery History


In 1898 Nathan Stubblefield received a U.S. Patent 600457 (G.patent; PDF) for a cell made of cloth-insulated copper wire and iron wire wound in a coil, which was to be buried in damp earth: this electrolytic coil is referred to as an "earth battery". One of the earliest examples of an earth battery was built by Alexander Bain in 1841 in order to drive a prime mover. Bain buried plates of zinc and copper in the ground about one meter apart and used the resulting voltage, of about one volt, to operate a clock. Carl Friedrich Gauss, who had researched the Earth's magnetic field, and Karl A. von Steinheil, who built one of the first electric clocks and developed the idea of an "Earth return" or "ground return", had previously investigated such devices. Lord Kelvin developed a "sea battery" in the latter end of the 1800s.

Stubblefield and

John Bedini

John Bedini in Energy From the Vacuum

transcript to be added (good overview of Stubblefield in part1 of Energy from the Vacuum DVD-series)

John Bedini radio interviews

John Bedini has a very good page on Nathan Stubblefield

John Bedini interview on radio-broadcast, on February 2003, centers on Nathan Stubblefield.
John Bedini interview on radio-broadcast, on 9th december 2005, centers on Nathan Stubblefield.

These are very informative and simplified bursts of information on Nathan Stubblefield's material.

Notes from the radioshows:
Magnetricity, instead of electricity, is what powers our electric systems.
Two magnetic currents
Perfectly audible frequencies, even 10 miles away, tested by John Bedini
Bedini was able to reproduce, 2 rods in the river, then at the mountain, 1 probe into the tree, one in the earth = crystal clear sound.
Earth batteries do not produce electricity, but instead tap into the earth's magnetic field, draw it out for use. So you put plates into the earth, to draw electricity out of the earth's magnetic field.
Nathan Stubblefield took out a patent for the earth-battery, except, the patent-office demanded he call it "Earth Battery", Stubblefield wanted to call it "Electro-magnetic Induction Amplifier".
Stubblefield's "Earth Battery" taps what electricity is not, the Battery taps the magnetic current running through Planet Earth.
This energy field is not just here around the earth, it is virtually everywhere in the universe - it is the universe, it is the energy field that is the universe.
The Earth is a incredible conductor, a living organism of energy, in several ways.
Stubblefield tapped the Ground-permeating Natural Wave, which are Magnetic Currents.
The Earth has a Magnetic Current, which has NO EMF, no electricity involved, it is a clear channel, these natural electrical waves, act as carriers for the human voice.

Bedini: Two highly polished metal mirrors, which faced eachother, radiate a very great heat in rippling waves.
If you take a piece of copper, and you polish it highly and then you take a piece of steel, and you polish it highly, and you face these two things together, so that there is a doppler-shift in the light, you get heat, you can actually feel it. So there is no reason, why we can't pull the energy right from the earth, and heat the house.

Two rods, stuck in the ground.
Nathan Stubblefield uses earth magnetic current, this is not current as we know it, electricity is a waste by-product, of this magnetic current.

Peter Lindemann

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Random Rambling


I first heard about Stubblefield on a Rense program with John Bedini. He was a contemporary of Nikola Tesla,Edison,Bell,and others. I can't understand why he hasn't been discussed on Coast 2 Coast . More people should know of his work.

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NATHAN B. STUBBLEFIELD -- (1860-1928) Wireless Telephony -- AM radio Firewire - 1892 -- 1902 All-in-One Radio Patent -- 1908 Nine Years Before Smart-Daaf Boys Marconi and Deforest mastered sending Dit Dahs around the family home in Italy, and DeForest finished his studies at Yale, Nathan Stubblefield was the patent holder and owner of his own mechanical telephone, telephone company and telephone system. By 1892, Nathan's vibrating phone could transmit voice without wires from grounded electromagnetic wave energy, then through the atmosphere to a companion receiver. It was the 17-year-old Rainey T. Wells (b. Dec. 25, 1875, d. June 15, 1958) who attentively heard his first words over a wireless telephone in 1892, at Teléph-on-délgreen, now Murray State University.

By 1898, Nathan's portable telephone could transmit voice as far as one mile through the atmosphere &endash; by means of his newly patented firewire, "electrolytic coil aerial" and a special loop antenna connected to his transmitter.

By leaving a remote wireless receiver on overnight, sitting in the barn, the unit operated as a wireless microphone and listening surveillance system. The electricity being emitted from the earth was an unlimited free flowing uni-directional stream of electricity, which never switched off and did not diminish with the time of day or length of use. These little coils had the ability to convert an electric current into alternating radio-frequency waves when passing through a field of action created by the human voice. *(See Footnote, John Hopi.)
These series of pulses which varied in strength, (amplitude) & could then be transmitted through the atmosphere by a coil aerial placed near the field of action, to one or more companion wireless systems. One unit was designed with output sockets to connect to the local Murray telephone exchange for wired online broadcasting.

So he contacted Tesla, Squire and Collins, and each member of the "big six" to make it an all-inclusive significant Kentucky business venture. The radio voice demonstrations made by Stubblefield, were made 14 years before Alexanderson and Fessenden's, 1906, Christmas Eve radio demonstration. Stubblefield used his electrolytic transmitting and detector devices, (his firewire exciters) to guide and relay his radio signal, just as Fessenden did with his own "exciters" and AT&T did in 1915 with Maj. Gen. Squier and Nathan's co-ventured multiplex, side band wired wireless system with 29 relay stations.

The problem with Radio, it was not as is sometimes suggested, an asset and birthright of the telephone and telegraph company enclave. The wireless radio telephone and telegraph arrived a little too late to become part of telephone poles and wires monopolized by government post offices and AT&T.

So, in 1907, the U.S. government granted Nathan B. Stubblefield and the Kentucky group of entrepreneurs, for 17 years, the exclusive right to the wireless telephone name and his wireless telephone system, that would hook into every existing telephone line in the world.

So What Happened?

It Was the Squier Patent give-away, and the NEW 1912 Frequency Laws, four years later, that officially separated Wireless Telephony and Radio into two separate radio wave sciences. Low Powered Continuous Wave vs. High Power Undampened Spark Transmissions. Free Radio Transmission to receivers with tuner controls vs Radio transmission to Telephone Exchanges for program routing to copper wire telephone pole connections.

By law, in America, hi-frequency radio broadcasting spectrums were not sold to telephone companies until 1999. This was a complete about-face from what was promised to Stubblefield and the Kentucky "big six" in 1906, stated Melvin Belli, in "The Tortfeasors". "In lost revenue alone, Kentucky and the "big six" were bleached out of the wireless picture. In today's monetary standards, the amount erased by the government would be in the billions to the Stubblefield Family, as well as to the many other Kentuckians, whom invested money in the American dream of the 1900."

The supplements to his finalized amended patent, was worded to read as; "the improvement over my own wireless telephone technology patent", granted in 1898. This 9-year-old patent was to knock out any of the other similar patent claims relating to his "earth battery coil" patent, as well as any other claims that might allege his transmission coils were an infringement on any existing aerial or any other antenna claims.

Stage one completed, the next step was to prove-up the differences between his wireless electromagnetic wave, and the wireless electromagnetic wave of others; and as to where his electromagnetic energy came from and where was it going?
Hearing this, the coil and the telephone pole became the priority and backbone of his groundless aerial and wireless telephone system. Nathan was thoroughly convinced by his Washington and Kentucky advisers, that by including the telephone company in his plans for the future of wireless radio communication, the government would give Nathan and his wireless associates all of the things they hoped or wished for in a patent.

In 1907, the Scientific American had headlined that the DeForest team, had already adopted the name radio for their wireless telephone/telegraph company. Knowing this, Nathan wired his "big six" Kentucky racers to race to Washington forthwith. They were to take care of marketing, product promotions and Washington lobby duties, while he focused his mind on being an Electric [Specialist] Lawyer, developing new heavy current electricity terminology.

Words such as, small coil aerials, vehicle coils and aerial coils of greater magnitude had to be concise and accurate, as he described the different aerials and aerial coils similar to his, like the Phelps and Conly coils. The Edison/Marconi aerial was to expire in 1908.
The new terminology became Nathan's own obvious and distinct scientific jargon to describe his system to the examiners. It was exactly what they wanted to hear, before tacitly motivating themselves to approve his patent.

Nathan defined Marconi, DeForest and the others, as electricity coming from a basic non-continuous spark wallop, powered by a non-battery source and too dangerous to be portable enough to be called a "wireless telephone". Their Tesla-type alternator, Nathan explained, was powered either by a water fall, such as the Niagara Falls, or by a coal burning steam engine, like the one used by Marconi in his 1901 first transatlantic dit-dah transmission of the letter "S". As for the Phelps and Conly coils patents, Nathan stated, "they were the fathers of a thought." The thought being a patent that was paragoned to a "now you see it . . . and now you don't" magic trick. The patent described something it could not do, create ground energy electromagnetic atmospheric transmissions.

Nathan explained that if Marconi, Fessenden or DeForest or any of his other popular rivals, attempted to send a generated flow of electric energy to his patented coils, an act of God would be needed. Not only would it be impossible to carry a steam engine in his horse and buggy, but the heavy current and high velocity of wallops created by their spark alternator would burn out all of the copper wires and coils that make wireless telephone atmospheric voice transmission workable to the listener. *(See Footnote.) Hi-Frequency Burnouts .

Using their 1902 Kentucky, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia demonstrations as examples, Nathan's "big six" racer team, produced the necessary photos from the public demonstration to prove how portable the wireless telephone system was, and as to where his electromagnetic wave and power supply was emitted from. More photos showing Nathan demonstrating his wireless telephone to a prestigious telephone crowd that included, Frederick Collins, Westinghouse, Gen. Squier and Nikola Tesla,, was very dynamic. The wireless telephone receiver was connected to the local Bell telephone exchange for local and world-wide land line broadcasting actualities. John Hopi of *(See Footnote.) * and * .

Photos taken at Teléph-on-délgreen Industrial School in Kentucky, picturing the Stubblefield Family and the "big six" together, showed the sincerity of the invention and what it would do for the economically strapped community. Those taken at the public demonstrations held in Washington and New York, featuring the horse and carriage and ship-to-shore wireless telephone demonstration, helped shore-up his wireless house-to-house and moving vehicles priorities.

The government was totally convinced, that Stubblefield was there first.

The government was totally convinced, after several weeks reviewing the long list of the 1902 to 1907, daily news reports from the Murray Ledger & Times, the St. Louis Dispatch, Scientific Journal and Washington Post, that Stubblefield was there first.

There was no doubt in their minds that Stubblefield was the winner in all wireless transmission categories, and his 1902 public demonstrations took place 4 years before the recent Fessenden 1906, Christmas Eve transmission. The Marconi transmission that purportedly took place in December, 1901, two weeks before Nathan's 1902 wireless voice demonstrations, was not considered as a first, for the reason Marconi was the only one to hear the "S" Dit Dah signal.
The success story of all of the follow-up marine wireless voice demonstrations by his corporate partner/developer, Prof. Frederick Collins for the Erie Railroad in March 1902, clenched the reasons for allowing train communication as part of the patent.

Patent was allowed to "Big Six" on October 17, 1907

By October 17, 1907, the patent was allowed. June and July had been hard working months for the "big six". Along with a prospectus, signed by Nathan, explaining "why shouldn't everyone have a mobile phone in their vehicle or vessel to telephone home," helped prove Nathan had a Kentucky team of bankers, lobbyist, businessmen and legislators who were ready, able, and willing to go full steam ahead in backing the monopolistic wireless venture.
The original 1892, "Hello Rainey" broadcast rumors began to resurface around Washington, with promises they could meet the famous judge, Rainey T. Wells, by going to Murray.
It provided the "big six" from Kentucky the opportunity, as witnesses to the fact that Nathan's earth battery coils had been used for more than 15 years to power all of Nathan's practical wireless telephone transmissions into the atmosphere.

The First Wireless Telephone Company to commercially exploit the invention, was Stubblefield's own Arizona corporation, the Wireless Telephone Company of America, established in 1902, by his first group of investors, and Author Frederick Collins. He was the majority stockholder, an officer and director of the company.

Nathan and the "big six" received stock in the Collins Corporations in exchange for the assignment of the Canadian Wireless Telephone patent. Frederick Collins was to raise capital to promote, open radio stations and to manufacture and design radio/telephone receivers. By 1914, all of the Collins' companies filed for bankruptcy protection. Nathan's own company folded in 1927, one year before his lonely, tragic death was discovered. He was found lying on the dirt floor of his abode, with a cat nipping his forehead.

At one point in Stubblefield's life, educators, businessmen, bankers, inventors, the United States Army, AT&T, and political leaders were all attracted to Nathan in many different ways. Sometimes he called them, miracles from heaven, other times rascals from New York.

General George Squier

Under the guidance of his close friend and fellow co-inventor, General George Squier, the U.S. Army Signal Corps, was the first to buy into Nathan's patent to test the uses of wireless during wartime conditions.
The wireless telephone and radio-play music gained the name Walkie-talkie and Muzak from Gen. Squier, after World War I. It was Squier who first gave Nathan the go-ahead to design a flying machine to utilize their two way radio for overhead aerial surveillance. Nathan's son, Bernard patented the helicopter version of the flying machine, for sale to the U.S. Army in 1912. The patent rights were granted for 7 years.

THE POINT IS &endash; what happened during the radio craze during the early years of the 1900s, repeated itself during the height of the DotCom craze in the last years of the 20th century and early years of the 21st century. Silicon Valley in California took the hit then, and Murray, Kentucky took the hit in 1911.

With the exception of the last 10 years of Stubblefield's life, his world was an open book. There was no way Nathan could hide the stock scandal and conviction of A. Frederick Collins, or the Stubblefield family's destructive law suit against Nathan right after the Squier patent give-away and during the Collins scandal.
General Squier's 1911 patent and radio frequency give-away to the People of the United States, not only flipped the wave-length spectrum away from AT&T's telephone industry monopoly to the Marconi Dit Dah radio industry, but flip-flopped on the patent promises made to the Stubblefield wireless monopoly in Kentucky. The government gave the AM/FM hi-frequency spectrum edge to the Marconi, GE, NBC, Sarnoff, Alexanderson and Amateur Dit Dah radio crowd for over 30 years. Nathan Stubblefield's property settlement with his wife Ada and his children was finalized on February 17, 1914. (Suit filed October 25, 1913). Bernard retained the flying machine patent and Rainey

Nathan's fellow inventors, A. Frederick Collins and Nikola Tesla, whom he got to know fairly well during his Philadelphia demonstrations and throughout 1908, were all aware of his personal ambitions and desires to bring honor and world-wide recognition to Murray, Kentucky. It was Tesla who helped Nathan come up with the name Teléph-on-délgreen, using French accents over Telé and dél to add a little French touch to the Stubblefield kids' Teléph-on-délgreen theme song. Nathan and Ada named their baby boy William Tesla, in 1905.


As I understand reverse lightning, the earth is like a giant body of compressible fluid (electricity) which moves through the earth in pressure waves. Stubblefield and others who claim to have successfully tapped these currents as 'earth energy' say that mountain ranges and such act like a beach on which waves of these moving currents break, creating intensifications that can be tapped. Its a matter of connecting a load from a low energy density to a high energy density so that the differing pressures will equate THROUGH the load to do work.

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