Early Cycle Lighting 1868-1948
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||2008|
|INSIDE:||340 colour photographs|
Very soon after the development and popularization of the bicycle in the nineteenth century keen cyclists realised that in order to cycle in the dark some form of lighting was essential, both to light the way ahead, but also to alert other road users. Manufacturers were quick to respond to demand, and soon a wide range of simple lamps was available, usually fuelled by oil. But cycle lamps quickly grew in sophistication as makers tried to out-do one another with the style and efficiency of their lamps. The acetylene cycle lamps of the early part of the twentieth century are stunning examples of decorative design and manufacture.
Peter Card has been collecting early lamps, in all the bewildering varieties, for decades. This detailed book covering eighty years of cycle lamps is the result of years of research.