Bleriot acetylene headlamp, 1896.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Bleriot acetylene headlamp, 1896.

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One of the original self-contained motor car headlamps made by Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) in 1896 and containing the type of acetylene diving-bell generator patented by Bleriot in 1900. The lamp has a cylindrical body at the front of which is fitted a concave mirror, while a vertical rectangular space within it houses the acetylene generator. Bleriot is best known as the first person to fly acros the English Channel in a heavier-than-air flying machine, a feat he achieved in 1909.

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