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Acetylene lighting system, 19th-century artwork. Also known as carbide lamps, this lighting system burnt the gas acetylene. It was first developed in 1892 and continued to be used into the early 20th century. The acetylene was produced from a reaction between calcium carbide and water. Here, the resulting gas is stored in gasometers and piped off as needed (piping across top). This apparatus was constructed by the French engineer Gustave Trouve (1839-1902). Artwork from the 18th volume (second period of 1896) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
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