Pairpoint Manufacturing Company was established in 1880 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The factory began as a metal works which first made fittings for coffins. Near the Pairpoint factory was the Mt. Washington Glassworks, which made fine glassware, and the two companies began exploring synergies culminating in a merger in 1894. Continue reading Pairpoint Lamps
For over two thousand years, from before the birth of Christ until the late eighteenth century, there was little progress in the development of lighting. Grease lamps used in Greece and Rome in the second century B.C., differ only in appearance from those still being used in Pennsylvania and other parts of America well into the middle of the nineteenth century.
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The demand for oil and kerosene lanterns in the 19th century spawn untold numbers of lantern manufacturers. Practically every town had a tinsmith making lanterns for the local community. Continue reading Kerosene Lanterns