Oil vapour lamps, Canadian and British, late 19th century.
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Oil vapour lamps were first introduced in 1885 by Kitson, using paraffin oil which was first vapourised and then burnt as a gas. The lamp shown here on the left is a fairly early example by Coleman and was much used in Canada, where it burnt petrol. The central hand lamp was made by Tilley, while the example on the right is an 'Aladdin' table lamp.