Artifact of the Month

"Dazzler" Bicycle Lamp
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Roglin

Powell & Hanmer "Dazzler" Bicycle Lamp

Our May 2016 Artifact of the Month is offered in celebration of May as National Bike Month, which is sponsored by the League of American Cyclists. National Bike to School day is May 4 and National Bike to Work day is May 20, two great excuses to pedal your way to the classroom and the office. And don't forget that the Shiloh Museum is located on the Razorback Regional Greenway, a fun and safe way to ride your bike to the museum.

Manufactured around 1910 by Powell & Hanmer of Birmingham, England, the Dazzler is a carbide lamp powered by acetylene gas, produced when water, housed in an upper chamber of the lamp, drips into a lower chamber containing calcium carbide. The acetylene gas serves as fuel for a flame--the lamp's light source. In addition to lighting the way for bicyclists in the early 1900s, carbide lamps were used to light up buildings, lighthouse beacons, and automobile headlights.

Powell & Hanmer exported their bicycle lamp under the name "Dazzler," while the same model sold in England went by "Panther."

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