Kerosene Lamp

The Kerosene Lamp – Note the Wick

Hey, do you remember the kerosene or coal oil lamp and the trimming of the wick and cleaning the lamp shades? Sometimes the wick got a bit off kilter and would disorient the flame so you had to get the scissors and trim it evenly in order for the flame to burn correctly.

If I close my eyes I can hear my mother cleaning the lamp shades with last night’s Post Record and her wedding ring striking the glass. That was one of those morning chores that were pretty well compulsory. Studying at night around the kitchen or dining room table with the kerosene lamp was fine because we didn’t know any different and rarely were we exposed to electric lights unless you visited someone in Bras d’Or or Florence who had the electricity. There were many who studied with these lamps and went on to graduate from Saint F. X. and other mainland universities. Studying like this and rushing out on occasion to the outhouse was the norm.

An oil or kerosene lamp is a man-made object used to produce light continuously for a period of time, from an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and is continued to this day.

Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights. Starting in 1780 the Argand lamp quickly replaced other oil lamps still in their basic ancient form. These were, in turn, replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850. In small towns and rural areas these continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified, and light bulbs could be used for lighting.

Most modern lamps (such as lanterns) have been replaced with gas-based or petroleum-based fuels as they are safer to operate when emergency non-electric light is required. As such, oil lamps of today are primarily used for the particular ambiance they produce, or in rituals and religious ceremonies.

A Fancy Lamp – Company is Coming 

(Ah the memories. Some good and some bad – CAPER)


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