Betty lamp

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The Betty lamp is thought to be of German, Austrian, or Hungarian origin. The Betty Lamp first came into use in the 18th century. They were commonly made of iron or brass and were most often used in the home or workshop. These lamps burned fish oil or fat trimmings and had wicks of twisted cloth.

Betty lamps are being made today but now most people burn olive oil or vegetable oil. They are popular with living history buffs and members of third-world nations lacking other resources.

Because of its association with colonial domestic activity, the Betty lamp was chosen for the symbol of the American Home Economics Association in 1926. [1]

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Media related to Betty lamps at Wikimedia Commons

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  1. ^ "A Brief History of AAFCS". American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-27.