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A walk through a shady part of town led me into a few 'junk shops' containing some very unusual antique and vintage lighting that I'm guessing was likely in fashion some time in the seventies when people's tastes seemed to be influenced by some residual drug use from the previous decade! Ugly as some of the lamps were, it got me to thinking about lighting and what was going on as far as light long before then.
Lamps began thousands of years ago – like around 70,000 BC – when our ancestors decided it was better to burn some animal fat than curse the darkness. Those earliest efforts were often nothing more than a hollow rock, shell or other natural object was filled with fat- or oil-soaked moss and ignited. Our inventive predecessor began imitating the natural shapes they found in clay pottery, sculpted alabaster or forged metal. Then they added wicks of twisted plant material to control the rate of burning.
The Greeks began making terra cotta lamps to replace handheld torches around the 7th century BC. The word “lamp” comes from the Greek word lampas, meaning torch.
The central burner, a major improvement in lamp design, was invented in the 18th century. Now the fuel source was enclosed and adjustable metal tube was used to regulate the intensity of both fuel burning and light. The addition of small glass chimneys protected both the flame and the flow of air to the flame.
History credits Ami Argand, a Swiss chemist, with developing the principal of using an oil lamp with a hollow circular wick surrounded by a glass chimney in 1783. Early lighting fuels consisted of olive oil, beeswax, fish oil, whale oil, sesame oil, nut oil, and similar substances. These were the most commonly used fuels until the late 18th century.
Petroleum drilling began in 1859, leading to the invention of a lamp fueled by kerosene, derived from petroleum. The first kerosene lamp was introduced in 1853 in Germany and quickly grew popular. Coal and natural gas lamps were also becoming widespread. Coal gas was first used as a lighting fuel as early as 1784. David Melville received the first U.S. gas light patent in 1810.
By the early 19th century, most cities in the United States and Europe lit their streets with gaslight, as did many homes. The development of electric lighting at the beginning of the 19th century, however, led to electric lighting replacing gas lighting in most homes by World War I.
The technological wonders of lamps and lighting soon were augmented by the search for beauty in lighting. Among the most famous lamp makers was Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose colored glass lamps were found in every fashionable home. Recently historians have discovered that many of Tiffany’s credited designs were actually created by women artists affiliated with his New York studios.
Today homeowners and decorators have a wide range of antique and vintage lighting styles from which to choose. For instance, the Bauhaus, Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles from 1920 to 1940 had a strong influence on many lighting designers. The clean, spare lines of the Arts & Crafts movement, which included Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mission style and the Craftsman designs, intrigued others.
Some antique and vintage lighting chosen by today’s decorators may reflect an even earlier period, such as Colonial Revival, Victorian, Mediterranean or Tudor styles. Even some of the post-World War II styles have their devotees.