It's hard enough to imagine going down into a coal mine equipped with only an open-flame carbide lamp
strapped to your head, but imagine what it's like to lose that light and spend almost two days crawling around in total darkness, trying to find your way out.
Rhys would ride to school on a large bike, wicker basket on handlebars and lit at night and in the fog with a carbide lamp
"Miners made squibs (black powder rolled in a scrap of paper with a fuse) and tamped them in the hole that was bored with coal behind it and lit it with their carbide lamp
," Ray says.
CARBIDE TIP: I am looking for a Justrite-brand carbide lamp
orifice (tip), in addition to some other parts for a repair kit.
While Ban fixed his carbide lamp
we changed into proper attire, a somewhat funny coverall in pink, several sizes too big for me.
Where sullen coal glints in the carbide lamp
In the 1940s, when I was in my early teens and working underground at Lambley Colliery driving a pit pony, we wore a carbide lamp
on our pit hats.
Those sights weren't just black, but dead-flat black, using the old carbide lamp
to smoke the sights before every match or practice session.
As a 14-year-old apprentice living in rural North Wales, I was given my uncle's bike fitted with a carbide lamp
to cycle four miles to work.
The company originally supplied carbide lamps
and other mining equipment to gold and copper miners in California, Nevada and Arizona.
Car manufacturers jumped on the idea, using carbide lamps
For that matter, I could have brought along a couple of the carbide lamps
that were once used down the old mine on our place and that my father used when fishing.