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

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Ruth Parks in memory of Roland Parks

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MI-1115.1Accession Number: 1978.0288Catalog Number: MHI-MI-1115.1

Object Name: lamp, carbide, cap, miningmining lamp

Measurements: overall: 5 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 in; 12.7 cm x 9.525 cm x 5.08 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-db5c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872512

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