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Lamp, carbide

Description: Four carbide lamps used by coal miners between 1912 and the 1930s. Water dripping on the carbide in the lamp produced a gas that went to the lens. To create light the miner then lit the lamp wick. Miners purchased their own carbide for approximately $1.25 for twenty-five ponds of carbide. If a lamp went out during use, the miner had to refill it in the darkness.
Source: http://visions.indstate.edu:8888/cdm/ref/collection/ctm/id/462
Collection: Coal Town Museum
Subjects: Coal miners -- Indiana -- Vermillion County -- Equipment and supplies
Acetylene lamps
Mine lighting -- Equipment and supplies
Coal -- Artifact

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