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Old 04-14-2009, 06:06 PM
R. Dale Flick R. Dale Flick is offline
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*RE: Naptha/Early lighting Etc.*
Hi, Cap'n Walnut and thanks for more information on 'naptha' Etc. I knew it was used as a cleaning agent. Commercial dry cleaning dates also to the 1840s. I'm sure you remember old TAG SOAP, don't you? Lots of TAG probalby used in scrubbing steamboat cabins and laundry aboard boats.

Question: In the days of oil lamps fueled with whale oil and coal oil wasn't there also a kind of home lamp that burned 'naptha' or a by-product of it? Diaries and other accounts mention now and then some of these home lamps "exploding" causing fire and injury--or worse. Any ideas? Owe you a phone call.

Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River.
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