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Miner's Carbide Lamp

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Measurements:
overall: 7 1/4 in x 6 in x 3 in; 18.415 cm x 15.24 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
Description (Brief):
This lamp is a Dew-R-Lite model, manufactured in the 1930's by the Dewar Manufacturing Co. of Brooklyn, New York. Dewar produced carbide mining lamps from around 1914 until it was bought by the Wolf Safety Lamp Co. in the late 1930’s. Dewar was well known for its “I-T-P” (It’s Trouble Proof), Sun Ray, and Dew-R-Lite lamp brands. This lamp is notable for its perforated reflector.
Location:
Currently not on view
Related Publication:
Thorpe, Dave. Carbide Light: The Last Flame in American Mines
Credit Line:
Mine Safety Appliances Company
ID Number:
AG.MHI-MN-8942
Catalog number:
MHI-MN-8942
Accession number:
240639
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Miner's Carbide Lamp

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Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 5 in x 4 3/4 in; 20.32 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.065 cm
Object Name:
lamp, acetylene, mining
mining lamp
Description (Brief):
This is a carbide mining lamp manufactured by the Friemann and Wolf Company, of Zwickau, Germany around 1910. The Friemann and Wolf Company was a prominent lamp manufacturer that exported lamps to the U.S. until World War I, when buying German items became unpopular. Worn on a miner's cap, the reflector behind the flame cast a wide range of light, improving the miner’s peripheral vision.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Georgia Stratton Ziffzer
ID Number:
AG.062401
Catalog number:
062401
Accession number:
239748
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Miner’s Carbide Lamp

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Measurements:
overall: 12 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 10.795 cm x 13.97 cm
Object Name:
lamp, acetylene, mining
mining lamp
Description (Brief):
This is a safety lamp manufactured by the Friemann and Wolf Company of Zwickau, Germany around 1910. The Friemann and Wolf Company was a prominent lamp manufacturer that exported their lamps to the U.S. until World War I, when buying German products became unpopular. Worn on a miner's cap, the reflector behind the flame cast a wide range of light, improving the miner’s peripheral vision.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
ID Number:
AG.MHI-MN-8773
Catalog number:
MHI-MN-8773
Accession number:
265669
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Miner's Safety lamp

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Measurements:
overall: 4 in x 2 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm x 8.255 cm
Object Name:
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
Description (Brief):
This is a carbide mining lamp manufactured by the Friemann and Wolf Company, of Zwickau, Germany around 1910. The Friemann and Wolf Company was a prominent lamp manufacturer that exported lamps to the U.S. until World War I, when buying German items became unpopular. Worn on a miner's cap, the reflector behind the flame cast a wide range of light, improving the miner’s peripheral vision.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Wolf Safety Lamp Company of America, Inc.
ID Number:
AG.MHI-MN-7761
Catalog number:
MHI-MN-7761
Accession number:
235037
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Phyllis Diller’s Gag File

view Phyllis Diller’s Gag File digital asset: Phyllis Diller's Gag File containing over 50,000 joke cards
Manufacturer:
Art Steel Company, Inc.
Maker:
Diller, Phyllis
Art Steel Company, Inc.
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
Object Name:
Joke File
file
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
c. 1964-1989
Description:

This beige metal cabinet is Phyllis Diller’s gag file, a categorized archive of the jokes Diller used in her stand-up comedy routines throughout her half-century long career. A small three drawer expansion of the gag file is also in NMAH’s collection (Catalog Number 2003.0289.01.02). The 48 drawers of the gag file, along with the 3 drawer expansion, contain a total of 52,569 3-by-5 inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke or gag. These index cards are organized alphabetically by subject ranging from accessories to world affairs and covering almost everything in between.

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.

Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Humor
Comedians
Credit Line:
Gift of Phyllis Diller
ID Number:
2003.0289.01.01
Accession number:
2003.0289
Catalog number:
2003.0289.01.01
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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