- Acetylene is a colorless gas that was discovered in 1836 by the English chemist, Humphry Davy, and again in 1860 by the French chemist, Marcelin Berthelot. In time, acetylene was used for lighting and other purposes. This acetylene gas generator came from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, a federal agency that was using acetylene lamps for signaling purposes by 1902.
- Ref: “The New Acetylene Signal Lamps” in Report of the Superintendent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (Washington, D.C., 1903), p. 824.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- gas generator
- Gas Generator
- Associated Place
- United States: New Jersey
- box: 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 11 in; 11.43 cm x 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm
- overall: 12 in x 4 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 30.48 cm x 11.7475 cm x 18.0975 cm
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- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Transfer from Coast and Geodetic Survey
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- Medicine and Science: Chemistry
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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