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Acetylene generator

Acetylene generator for a Blériot headlamp, circa 1900. Inv. 20955 © Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/photo Sylvain PellyCirca 1900

Musée des arts et métiers

Musée des arts et métiers
Paris, France

Acetylene generator for a Blériot headlamp. Acetylene, produced by the reaction of calcium carbide to the addition of water, produces a bright white light. The generator’s small size makes it ideal for mobile applications, in the automobile industry for example, where it became widespread before being replaced by dynamos.

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  • Title: Acetylene generator
  • Creator: Acetylene generator for a Blériot headlamp, circa 1900. Inv. 20955 © Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/photo Sylvain Pelly
  • Date: Circa 1900
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Provenance: Musée des arts et métiers
  • Photographer: Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/Sylvain Pelly
  • Inventory number: Inv. 20955

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