Acetylene Generator


Acetylene is a simple hydrocarbon that was discovered in 1826 by the Irish chemist, Edmund Davy, and later named by the French chemist, Marcellin Berthellot. In time it would be widely used for heating and lighting purposes. The brass tag on the top of this acetylene gas generator reads “MADE BY / R. E. DIETZ COMPANY / NEW YORK, U.S.A.” This example probably belonged to William J. Hammer, an early American electrical engineer.

Maker: R. E. Dietz CompanyR. E. Dietz Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York

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Credit Line: Gift of IBM

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.320558.232Catalog Number: 320558.232Accession Number: 241402

Object Name: Acetylene Generator

Measurements: overall: 19 cm x 10.2 cm x 20.3 cm; 7 1/2 in x 4 in x 8 inoverall: 8 3/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 21.2725 cm x 15.5575 cm x 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_2406

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