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When asked to think about early mechanical transport, many people will form a picture in their mind of a man cautiously riding an Ordinary or high bicycle along a country lane, or perhaps of a cumbersome motorcar with large ungainly wheels, upright steering and open coachwork, bouncing over cobbles. Seldom do we stop to think about the difficulties faced by pioneering cyclists and motorists when travelling over the primitive roads of that era, especially at night. Today, it would be unthinkable to have to prepare an oil or acetylene gas lamp before the start of a night ride, and then to clean it afterwards. Yet this was just another of the trials and tribulations associated with early cycling and motoring at the beginning of the twentieth century. This volume discusses the use and development of oil, acetylene and electric vehicle lighting from inception to the end of the 1930s. A wide range of lamps is described and colourful illustrations of both lamps and period advertising give an exciting picture of early vehicle lighting. This new edition has been rewritten using previously unavailable primary research material and resources.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter W. Card’s interest in early transport lighting began in the 1960s, when it was difficult to find information about vehicle lighting or even to contact other enthusiasts. Since his first lamp purchase in 1968, he has built up a large collection of lamps and accessories, together with a comprehensive range of catalogues and advertising material.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Cycle lighting; Automobile lighting; Finding and using old vehicle lamps; Acetylene gas lamp burners; Further information