Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This is an Auto-Lite Carbide Mining Lamp, produced by the Universal Lamp Company of Chicago, Illinois, around 1920. This brand was among the most popular and dependable mining lamps of the early 20th century. After acquiring Shanklin Mfg. Co. and its "Guy's Dropper" brand, the Universal Lamp Company produced two of the three largest lighting brands to survive past World War II.
Currently not on view
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm x 11.43 cm
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Credit Line
Mine Safety Appliances Company
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History


I have one of these from my dads garage. It has a flint lighter on it.

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