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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Do You Know What These Old Things Are?

Last weekend we went to The Blues Kitchen in Camden Town for a meal.

I noticed these "lights" hanging along the top of the bar. No one but me in our group knew what they were originally... Do you?


Blues Kitchen, Camden Town

I recognised them straightaway as old paraffin heaters, just like I grew up with in my childhood bathroom.

My Dad would light it about 20 minutes before we had a bath and forbade us to touch it as it was dangerous!

I used to sneakily turn the flame up for more heat and turn it down again when I'd finished bathing..

I don't think anyone uses paraffin heaters nowadays as they are dangerous (health & safety regulations and all that) but we survived!

Showing my age now aren't I! lol


Blues Kitchen, Camden Town

8 comments:

  1. They caused terrific condensation too, which froze on the windows over night. And such a stink!

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    1. Ahhh so glad I'm not the only one who remembers them! :)

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  2. I don't remember those exact heaters, but I certainly remember those that you turned a knob and the inner part rose up so you could light the wick, before letting it drop back down. A real blast from the past :)

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    1. Hi Babs, no your comment wasn't lost :)

      Yes, they had that same kind of knob, which I soon learned to use even though it was a bit scary. If you turned it too high the flame would get yellow peaks on it!

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  3. No, I've never seen them but I love when something old gets re-purposed like that.

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  4. That looks very cool. I love odd decorative stuff. I do remember these kind of paraffin heaters.

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