Today’s post is not about the quality of the photos but rather a trip back in time with photos from inside the lighthouse in Kincardine, Ontario. The rooms were small and some items were in glass cabinets which of course is very hard to photograph through, but I wanted to give you some idea of how authentic they have made this lighthouse by filling it full of interesting memorabilia from its early days. The lighthouse keeper lived here with his family, and this first photo shows one of the bedrooms complete with an old sewing machine and little baby carriage. I was going to use another version of this photo that I took using my flash, but I decided that I liked the shadows in the room from my original photo because it gives it more atmosphere.
Here are some other wonderful old pieces of history:
Since the beginning, many fuels have been used to power lighthouses, including: whale oil, Colza oil, coal oil, kerosene, acetylene and finally electricity. Some lighthouses are even solar powered now.
The first lamp in the Kincardine lighthouse had shutters rotated by weighted chains to make the light flash. In 1922, the lamp became electrically powered and, today, large lenses rotate around a 500-watt bulb.
Last but not least is a photo for my fellow photography lovers out there. This is a camera from the 1890’s which I believe was used by one of the lighthouse keepers. He took many photos of the area over the years, and they were all on display on the lower level of the keeper’s house. I’m sorry about the reflection from the glass case, but isn’t this camera a beauty? 🙂
So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my trip back in time :).