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Manchester Acetylene Gas and Carbide Co

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of St. Simon Street, Salford

1898 Secured contract for lighting the first town illuminated by acetylene in the British Isles - the burgh of Portsoy, in Banffshire - involving over 1000 lamps[1]

1898 Advert: 'MANCHESTER ACETYLENE GAS AND CARBIDE COMPANY, SAINT SIMON STREET, SALFORD, MANCHESTER. Manufactuers of KAY’S PATENT ACETYLENE GAS GENERATORS, the only Generator absolutely safe under ell conditions - impossible to explode.
Special Shadowless Outside ACETYLENE GAS ARC LAMPS.
Special Wind-proof ACETYLENE GAS LAMPS, for lighting Stations, Docks, Goods Yards, &c., &c.
Special Lights for Harbours, Lighthouses, Signal Stations, &C.
Special Gas-fittings for Acetylene Lighting - Brackets, Gasoliers, Pendants, Billiard Lights, &c, all of guaranteed quality.
Makers of Portable Lights of 16 to 2,000 candle-power, for Lights in Iron and Steel Works, Shipyards, Dry Docks, Examining and Repairing Inside of Boilers, Contractors' Purposes, &c , &c. As used on the Manchester Ship Canal and at Belfast Harbour.
J. B. COOPER, 3, Queen's Square, Belfast.'[2]

Presumably later became the Manchester Acetylene Gas Co?


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1898
  2. Northern Whig - Friday 25 February 1898