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Guide to the Lighthouse Photograph and Print Collection
[1860]-1938
 PR 38

New-York Historical Society
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Holly Hinman and Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series IV: Light Station Equipment

Scope and Contents note

Series IV dates from ca. 1873-1927 and consists of photographs of a variety of types of equipment along with associated equipment tests and exhibitions. The photographs are arranged by type of equipment or related subject into six subseries: Audible Alerts, Engines and Air Compressors, Equipment Tests, Lenses and Lighthouse Apparatus, Lighthouse Equipment Exhibition Displays, and Unidentified and Miscellaneous Equipment.

Audible Alerts consists primarily of photographs of fog signals. One series of fifteen photographs documents the construction of the fog signal structure and installation of equipment by Hamilton-Foster Fog Signal Co., at Falkner's Island (Faulkner's Island), Connecticut. Four details of fog bell apparatus for the Minots Ledge Light Station in Massachusetts are included.

Engines and Air Compressors consists of a group of photographs by Underhill of Meitz and Weiss oil engine air compressors as installed in various engine rooms. Also included in this series are photographs of unidentified engine rooms, one of which is in Detroit, Michigan.

Equipment Tests show details of various equipment tests, including rust tests on steel and iron, tests of centrifugal pumps, and a few tests of machinery under icy conditions.

Lenses and Lighthouse Apparatus consists of photographs and halftone tear-sheets of lenses and lanterns made by Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France), Chance Brothers and Co. (London, England), and by unidentified manufacturers. Locations of installed lenses and lanterns have been listed in the finding aid.

Lighthouse Equipment Exhibition Displays includes photographs of equipment displays at various international exhibitions. Also included is a 1927 typescript letter from the acting Commissioner of Lighthouses to the Department of Commerce regarding lighthouse exhibition photographs from the Sesqui-Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1926.

Audible Alerts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 56 Bialy, John A. - Fog bell for Minots Ledge Light, Massachusetts (4 items, elevations and cross sections)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 56 Daboll - Rotating fog apparatus
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 56 Hamilton-Foster Fog Signal Co. - Construction of fog signal at Falkner's (Faulkner's) Island, Connecticut (16 items)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 56 New England Gamewell Co. - Fog bell machine
[1897]
Box: 6 Folder : 56 Stevens, George M. (Boston) - Improved fog bell machine
1897 Mar. 9
Box: 6 Folder : 56 Unidentified manufacturer -- Whistle reflector
[1896]

Engines and Air Compressors

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 57 Meitz and Weiss Oil Engine Air Compressor Series, Boston, (by Underhill, New York) -- Engine room interiors (B22901- 2 copies, B22902, B22645)
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 57 Meitz and Weiss Oil Engine Air Compressor Series, Boston, (by Underhill, New York) -- Close up of engine components (B22394, B22395, no number)
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 58 Unidentified Manufacturers -- Engine room interior, Detroit, Michigan
[1873]
Box: 6 Folder : 58 Unidentified Manufacturers -- Engine room interiors (3 items)
undated

Equipment Tests

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 59 A.G.A. Flashing & Reducing Chamber filled with ice
1914
Box: 6 Folder : 59 A.G.A. Reconstructed Flasher operating while frozen
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 59 Centrifugal pump testing (2 items)
1922
Box: 6 Folder : 59 Ingot iron and steel rust tests (inscribed as: steel scaled, ingot iron scaled, ingot iron not scaled)
[1915]
Box: 6 Folder : 59 Valve pressure testing series (4 items)
[1897]

Lenses and Lighthouse Apparatus

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Cape Hinchinbrook, Alaska - Third order lightning light
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Hillsboro Inlet, Florida - Second order bivalve lightning light
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Liston Range Rear, Delaware - Range light
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Mexican Government - Fourth order lenses (half tone tear sheet) (2 copies)
[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Point Arena, California - First order lightning light apparatus
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 60 Barbier, Benard & Turenne Manufacturers (Paris, France) -- Unidentified (half tone tear sheet)

General note

See also: Box 7, Folder 68

[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia - First order light (halftone tear sheet)
[1895]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Cape of Good Hope - First order quadruple flashing light (half tone tear sheet)
[1895]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Makapu Point - Lens (half tone tear sheet)
1908
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Mexico - Dioptric lighthouse apparatus
[1875]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Oyster Island, Burma - First order fixed occulting white lens light (by H.J. Whitlock)
[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Pulau Pisang, Malaysia - First order lantern
[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Spurn Head, England - Single-flashing hyperradial apparatus (halftone tear sheet)
[1897]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Watling Island, Bahamas - Second order double flashing light (by H.J. Whitlock)
[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 61 Chance Brother's and Co. (London, England) -- Experimental lantern and apparatus for floating light
[1890]
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Bolina Point, Texas - Lens
[1908]
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Hawaii - Lens
[1900]
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Second order bivalve lens (2 items)
[1898]
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Unidentified lens
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Unidentified lantern base and wick (2 items)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 62 Unidentified manufacturer -- Unidentified gas burning navigational lantern
undated

Lighthouse Equipment Exhibition Displays

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 63 Paris Exposition Universelle, Paris, France (2 items)
1900
Box: 6 Folder : 63 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, CA
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 63 Safety First Exhibit, Washington, DC (2 items)
1916
Box: 6 Folder : 63 Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia, PA (11 items)
1926
Box: 6 Folder : 63 Letter from the acting Commissioner of Lighthouses to the Department of Commerce regarding exhibit photographs
1927

Unidentified and Miscellaneous Equipment

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 64 Light station tool box
1915
Box: 6 Folder : 64 Vulcan iron and steel works, frame fabrication (2 items)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 64 Unidentified instrument panel
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 65 Unidentified equipment shop exteriors (3 items)
undated

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