We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is just one small example of why these intertunnels, as Sipp terms them, are so cool.
I posted a pic of a nice oil lamp I picked up at a junk shop in Ohio. An alert reader promptly identified it as a Rayo lamp made by Bradley and Hubbard in Meriden, CT., around or before the turn of the century.
When I was a kid we had a barrel of kerosene with a spigot on a stand in the garage. Kerosene was useful for all sorts of things, including burning the garbage and for taking paint off your hands. Also, to make torches to burn the tent caterpillar things out of the fruit trees. Funny, haven't seen many of those lately. Kerosene has a good garage smell.
Then I learned this at Ebay:
Bradley & Hubbard was one of the inspirational leaders of the Roycroft movement in New York, well known for their arts and crafts industry. Walter Hubbard and his brother-in-law Nathaniel Lyman Bradley, started making cast iron clocks,tables,frames,andirons,chandlers and lamps. The company became Bradley and Hubbard manufacturing co in 1875. They turned out some of the most outstanding leaded glass lamps you'll find.
So they manufactured all sorts of lamps back when CT was a manufacturing center. There are all sorts of old Bradley and Hubbard lamps for sale online.
In Dubois, PA, I have seen a kerosene pump at a gasoline station. I think I've seen one along Rte 3 in north Columbus, OH.
The first automobiles ran on kerosene, which was readily available at hardware stores everywhere. Our local Walmart carries it in 5 gal jugs.
Gasoline was a waste product, because it was too volatile for most uses, including engine fuel. A major problem prior to WWI was adulteration of kerosene with gasoline, which made the product dangerous to the unwary.
South of Columbus, most of the Sunoco and many of the Gulf stations have kerosene avaiable. Usually that pump is in a stand-alone location from the gasoline islands pumps. "Kerosun" and other brands of kerosene heaters are popular for emergency and occasional use in the area as well as kerosene lamps.