Smokeyja wrote:When electricity was coming around into homes they made a lamp that was sold as a gas/electric lamp . You could turn the light bulb on or use gas... Talk about dangerous ... BOOM!
For the record I still don't trust natural gas in any building.
The reason for combination fixtures was that until radio, most power plants shut down between 5 and 9 in the evening when the factories closed down for the day. It wasn't until the mid to late 20's that most smaller towns had electricity through the night. The town I live in had 25,000 people in it and although they did light up the street lights all night, they didn't offer 24 hour electricity to most of the homes in town until around 1930 and radio and by the early 30's refrigerators were the biggest reason for that. It's kind of funny really. And the gas for the light fixtures was illuminating gas, which my Dad used to say was generally acetylene or sometimes carbide depending on the situation. And the gas light was much brighter than those early carbon filament light bulbs were.
I used to have a home building magazine from the late 1890's and it showed a sort of birdseye view of a town in the middle of the winter and you could see all the baseburner stoves through the windows in the "community" and one house shooting up into the sky like a rocket while one of the neighbors saying something about "I wonder how the Jone's are getting along with thier new gas furnace?" Ha! I should see if I still have that and show it to my insurance guy...