How Your Hobby Started Part XVIII


| January/February 1972

  • Western New York Gas

    R. Dayton Nichols
  • Pump-Jack engine
    Courtesy of Mrs. Richard Wendelburg, Tribune, Kansas 67879.
    Mrs. Richard Wendelburg
  • Rockville Antique
    Courtesy of Roy R. Hartman, 32 Maryland Ave., S. E., Washington, D. C. 20028.
    Roy R. Hartman
  • 20-40 Rumely
    Courtesy of Leonard James, Napoleon, Michigan 49261.
    Leonard James
  • Western New York Gas
    Courtesy of R. Dayton Nichols, 5128 Route 5, Stafford, New York 14143.
    R. Dayton Nichols
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion
    Courtesy of Abram E. Johnson, 80 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York 14505.
    Abram E. Johnson
  • 1905 15 HP
    Courtesy of Milford Waid, R. D. 3, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.
    Milford Waid
  • 1935 Chevrolet truck
    Courtesy of Ben Zaring, Route 2, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065.
    Ben Zaring
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion
    Courtesy of Abram E. Johnson, 80 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York 14505.
    Abram E. Johnson
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion
    Courtesy of Abram E. Johnson, 80 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York 14505.
    Abram E. Johnson

  • Western New York Gas
  • Pump-Jack engine
  • Rockville Antique
  • 20-40 Rumely
  • Western New York Gas
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion
  • 1905 15 HP
  • 1935 Chevrolet truck
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion
  • Pioneer Gas Reunion

3904-47th Avenue, S., Seattle, Washington 98118

Like the new era of improved living conditions ushered in by the introduction of gasoline engine electric lighting plants for the home, this 1972 New Year's installment will take a look at the various makes and models manufactured by numerous companies from early times to the present.

From the time that de Molyens of Cheltonham, England in 1841 first invented the incandescent lamp by the use of high resistance through a platinum wire, it was evident that light could be generated by means other than burning of candles and stove oil lamps.

In 1845 J. W. Starr of Cincinnati proposed the use of carbon for a lamp filament instead of platinum. In 1880 Edison patented the most practical lamp and the incandescent lamp was then developed for all kinds of use.



These lamps were first rated in candle power. The 16 c.p. lamp was considered a standard for indicating the output of the first gasoline engine driven electric home lighting plants. The specification of such units would state the capacity by the number of 16 c.p. lamps that could be supplied from the generator at full load on the engine. 55 watts of generator capacity at 110 volt was required for each 16 c. p. lamp.

Edison lamps had the type of screw in pockets as we know them today. The Thompson-Houston socket had a smooth base ring. The Sawyer-Man socket had annual rings and a stem at the end for a center contact.



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