Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Guiding Light, Oil on Linen, 12x9
Scrounging around the basement this past Saturday, I came across this old kerosene railroad lantern. My dad retired from his job as a conductor on the old Northern Pacific Railroad back in the early 70s. I remember him bringing this home about that time. I found ones like it being offered for a couple hundred dollars on antique auction sites. They were all made around 1909. There was still soot inside. I wonder when was the last time it was lit. I think I'll have to pick up some kerosene and a wick somewhere and try it out.