The earliest portion of the exhibit covers candle sticks (1650s–1880s); grease lamps (1600s), whale oil lamps (late 1700s–mid-1800s), plus burning fluid and lard lamps. Along with three display cases of lamps, there are two cases of accessories which include an early tinderbox, strike-anywhere-matches, spill plane, candle snuffers, match holders, miniature lamps, wick trimmers, lamp chimneys, lamp burners, containers for filling lamps with fuel, lamp doilies, and a photographer’s lantern used to retouch glass negatives.
With the introduction of kerosene in the 1800s, lighting became safer, fuel was easier to obtain, and it provided brighter light for a longer duration. This fuel changed daily life as factories had access to better, safer lighting, and extended working hours; and railroad workers’ lanterns burned longer and brighter for safer working conditions. Kerosene lamps continued into the 20th century.
Stickney, who has been associated with the SLCHA for over 42 years, will present this topic at a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, September 14th, at noon at the SLCHA, located at 3 E. Main Street, Canton.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information, call (315) 386-8133, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the SLCHA website.
Photo of copper and brass table lamp commemorative from the Spanish American War era provided.