Miner’s Electric Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
First manufactured in 1912, the Edison Safety Mining Lamp was powered by a battery enclosed in a self-locking steel case worn on the miner’s belt. A flexible cord, protected by a steel cover at both ends, connected the battery to the cap lamp. The battery could power the six-candlepower lamps for 12 hours and was recharged at the end of a miner’s shift. This lamp has an added cord for plugging into an electric outlet.
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Edison Storage Battery Company
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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