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Lantern, Whale Oil
Lantern, Whale Oil
Resource Typeimage
TitleLantern, Whale Oil
Coverage / Year1800 to 1850
DescriptionHexagonal glass lantern with tin reservoir below; vented lantern cap and handle above.
InterpretationWhale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It burned at a very steady rate, very brightly and with little smoke. Oil from the skull cavity of the spermaceti whale was the finest quality and was a major reason the whaling industry was so profitable. To take a lamp outside one had to protect the flame from wind and rain. The glass in this lantern allowed all of the clear light from the whale oil to be broadcast.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography; How we learn about communities; Whaling Slide Show; Inventions Multimedia Time Line; School Museum; Introduction of artifacts as a primary source; What's That Relic?; Settling in the Midwest;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsWhale; Whales; Oil lamp; Whale oil; United States; Light; Lighting device; Lanterns
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifier1968.001.1111
CONTENTdm file name95321192422004_68.1.1111.jpg
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