early 20s lamp?

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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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an early 20's Lucas oil lamp.
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However, from some of the ads from the early 20's, there were also electric lamps, using dry cell batteries.

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An early 1920's Old Sol, their first step into electric lamps, though they typically made oil lamps.

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So, I would say there was a mixture of oil lamps still being used, and the people who could afford the luxury of an electric lamp, probably laid out the money for them, as well as the dry cell batteries and battery tubes, or in the case of some of the higher end moto bikes, the tank was set up for the dry cell battery.
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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that would be my guess, I was not even a gleam in my Da's eye then, as he wasn't born until 30.
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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however, as most of the electric lamps are above my price point at this time, I have oil lamps on my teens and twenties bicycles. Although, one of the oil lamps has been converted to electric.
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
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this is from the Henry Ford archives, a group of riders in the 1910's.

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Flathead31Coupe

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 7, 2019
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so i notice that my rollfast has a door on the right side of the tank, that looks like a place for batteries or something...and there are holes in front of the box looks like wires may have went through.....
 

Archie Sturmer

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Jun 13, 2018
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
That is a McCauley #1001 tall tank (toolbox).
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The tank might be used with a 30s Delta Rooster headlight, which can be difficult to find.
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Flathead31Coupe

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 7, 2019
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the add said the #1001 had two clips inside to hold two #6 dry cell batteries for a horn and a head light..... what would a light and horn look like?
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The Carolina Rambler

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 25, 2018
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Hello! I've got a couple of early electric headlights I can show you as examples of what was commonly used back then. The style of headlights shown in these pictures were in use in the United States back in the 1920s-early 1930s. They have an electric plug on the back that has a cloth wire, and that wire can be run into a battery tank like on your roll fast, or to a battery canister like I have. The batteries these were powered by, were large dry cell telephone batteries. Since those are nearly non existent now, I have my lights wired up to 2-3 D Cell Batteries. Some headlights take E10 light bulb, like seen on later bikes, and some take early automobile light bulbs; it just depends on the light you find. I recommend one that takes an E10, as it draws less electricity.

Here is my 1935 Colson Rover's Electric Headlight. It is rewired and does work.

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I fabricated this bracket for it out of thick gauge galvanized steel, and it is modeled closely after originals I have seen. It mounts to the handlebars.

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The Delta headlight in this below image, alternatively, mounts to the handlebar stem bolt. And still other headlights, mount in some other ways like to your truss rods; it just depends on what model of headlight you end up getting. Good Luck with your projects, and have a Happy New Year!

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