American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

By Zallen, Jeremy

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9781469653327 9781469653334
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Univ. of North Carolina


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Reviewed on September 6, 2019  |  Social Sciences

The emergence of Thomas Edison's electric light in the 1880s has obscured the history of earlier systems of artificial lighting, from candles and camphorene (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) to stearine (lard-based) lamps, lucifer (phosphorus) matches, and street gas lights. Zallen (history, Lafayette Coll., PA) details how materials for these earlier lighting systems were obtained and processed, who benefited from their...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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