All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick
About 1890, 19th century
Gift of Dr. Berton A. Puddington Estate
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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The lumber camp cook awoke well before dawn to prepare breakfast for the other workers and, more often than not, he was the last to go to bed at night. Arising around 4 a.m., he usually worked until 9 p.m. or later. In between there was breakfast, dinner and supper, and mountains of dishes and pots to wash. No one really minded if the cook was temperamental as long as he was good, since his cooking could make or break a camp.
Invariably, the cook's light source was kerosene, which was used throughout the camp.
This lamp is made of glass and is fitted into a sheet-metal wall bracket with an accompanying sheet-metal reflector.
Lamps such as this would have been imported from the United States, Ontario or Quebec.
For everyone except the cook, lights went out in the camp at 9 p.m. Most workers did not mind, however, after the rigours of the day.
Abraham Gesner of New Brunswick invented kerosene.