Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This mining lamp is a “Guy’s Dropper” model made by the Shanklin Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Illinois, first manufactured in 1913. The lamp is named after its inventor, Frank Guy, a miner from Springfield. Frank Guy partnered with George and Edgar Shanklin to produce this lamp, and the lamp saw tremendous success through World War I. The Shanklin Mfg. Co. was sold to the Universal Lamp Company in 1932, who continued to make "Guy's Dropper."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Lamp, Cap, Carbide
mining lamp
ID Number
1978.2497.02
accession number
1978.2497
catalog number
1978.2497.02
78.2497.02
MHI-MI-1215
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"I recently acquired a guy's dropper, and was wondering exactly how it works. I'm not sure how the whole carbide thing works. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, Eric "
Put carbide pellets in the bottom and water in the top. when the water mixes with the carbide it creates acetyline gas that creates the fuel. the flame comes out the front part of the "dish"

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