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Operating Instruction booklet for Aladdin Lamps

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Printed leaflet of operating instructions for a paraffin table lamp.

 

Oil lamps have existed for thousands of years, but in the 1700s the central burner was invented. The fuel was enclosed in a metal container, and an adjustable tube was used to control the intensity of the light. Around the same time, small glass chimneys were added to lamps to protect the flame and control the flow of air.

 

Early lighting fuels included beeswax and olive, fish, whale, sesame and nut oils, but in 1859 drilling for petroleum oil began and paraffin lamps grew popular.

Place of Production:
Greenford, Middlesex, England
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
(folded) L 220mm, W 95mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2002.21.6
Digital Number:
DMDM103a-c
Creation Date:
1969 - 1979
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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