Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mary Had A Little Lamp

This Vintage Sight Is A Shear Delight

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


We saw this re-creation of a shearer's quarters recently and of course I had my camera bag over my shoulder, so I was able to capture the scene. It's been decades since I've seen a hurricane lamp. I know they're called different things in other parts of the world, so do let me know of any alternative names.

16 comments:

Cowgirl said...

A nice rustic touch indeed. We referred to them as Kerosene Lamps - being down to earth Kiwi's.

backpakker said...

ah these lamps..I am planning to light a couple of them for the next week festival what we call Karthikai deepam

indicaspecies said...

As Cowgirl said, Kerosene Lamp as kerosene oil was used in it.

My father used to take such a lamp for his pre-dawn rounds around the rice fields. This lovely picture got me all nostalgic.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That’s a great photo: the objects are unique and the composition is exceptional.

YesBut said...

Hi David
Very captivating shot.
Please give some details.
Type of camera, lens, f stop, etc.
Thanks

Akelamalu said...

Love that shot!

Lee said...

Love it, David! It has that beautiful detail of a still good still life. The vintage setting adds lots of fascinating detail.

Peace!

Ottayan said...

We call it 'ranther'.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Great picture. I think you'd quite like my old farm house with its Aladdin's Cave!

Crystal xx

Misty Dawn said...

I really love this shot!
In fact, I love all your shots. You're an inspiration (which is why you have some awards waiting for you at my blog).

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another great find David.. as for the lamps.. just boring old 'Oil Lamp' here..

Les Becker said...

My parents always called those either "kerosene lanterns" or "coal-oil lamps" - of course, now I'm wondering if there were actually two different lanterns they were talking about, but I only recall that style. We used them a lot when I was a kid, before there was electricity to the little "camp" my dad built on a nearby island.

Good memories - thanks, David.

katherine. said...

whatever wig looking thing hanging over to the left...I would be watching to make sure it didn't catch fire...

Oswegan said...

Honestly, I'm glad I live in modern times.

~Oswegan

Catmoves said...

They were called kerosene lamps in Wisconsin. Children were NOT allowed to light them, turn the wick up or down nor turn them off. At least not until they had been all the dangers inherent in them.

Lin said...

Rustic!?! I just bought 6 of them NEW for our homestead. Yes, believe it or not, they are still making them! I adore Lehmans.com for their determination to keep the pre-electric life from disappearing completely.
Wonderful photo!