|Looking for background information about lamps and lanterns, I found
out that here in Europe not much was saved. Most of the knowledge is, as
we say, between the ears of a few (?) collectors. And when You consider
that there are collectors that only specify themselves in a certain type
of lamp or manufacturer, then You know that finding specific information
is a question of finding the right person. The verry good thing is that
they are mostly verry nice and friendly people and willing to share what
they have. Lucky for us collectors some collegue´s make a website,
the site from Alan Moore is almost famous for pressure Lamps, the Aladdin
knight also have a good site. The guild page of The International Guild
of Lamp researchers founded in 1997 is a fountain of knowledge. A basic
and classic work about lamp-developement is the publication "The Origin
and Development of the Incandescent Parafin Lamp" of A. Ramsey from 1968
verry good. I got a copy from Anton Kaim, and made it ready for the new
age by converting it into a webpage. The only reason for putting it here
on my website is SELF-STUDY don´t misuse it for what else reason.
Together with Anton Kaim, am I trying to get a complete picture of the German firm Ehrich & Graetz of Berlin. E&G has become world famous with there Petromax lantern. This 300-500CP lantern is and was the high-end of (portable)pressure lamps. Till this day, copies are made all around the world. On this moment the German firm Heinze Gmbh carries, legally, the name Petromax. They also make the Geniol lantern. Other names are : Butterfly, Hippolito, Angor, Red Hart and Workhorse. All these lantern are (exact) copies of the 1910 made Petromax. Less known is that Max Graetz in 1889 in fact began the developement of a whole range of products for the modern household. Beginning with light, oil/gas/electric, cooking, radios etc. If we only look at the lihting we can see;
A nice picture of the firm we get with a german publication that was made with the 70 birthday of Max Greatz. (A copy was got from a german museum and again don´t misuse this information.
In spring 2003 Neil McRae did a good study and wrote an article "Petromax a myth ?" about the Petromax design in combination with the use of gasoline. With this knowledge we can safely say that the Petromax lantern isn't a multi-fuel lamp.
I have also made a gallery of lamps and
lanterns I have seen. On the -unknown- page are some pictures of aDitmar
heating lamp ? Any information about this lamp is verry welcome. (There
are a lot of high-res pictures, so it will take some time to load.