Miner's Carbide Lamp

Miner's Carbide Lamp

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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."
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Lamp, Cap, Carbide
mining lamp
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History
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I have a Shanklin Carbide lamp. it has on the top auto lite and in small letters universal lamp co Chicago usa. Is there any way I can tell the born on date? I would assume that since it has Universal Lamp Co. I would be after 1932. I looks similar to the one in the pic on the page, but not exactly.
"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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