I love oil lamps.
I hate to admit it but they remind me of my youth. There has always been electricity where I’ve lived, but when I was young our neighbor across the road and two of the four village shops didn’t have power and used oil lamps.
My parents used an oil lamp for an anchor light on their sailboat, my sailboat had oil lamps in the cabin. Back in the UK, my Garden Room had several oil lamps too. Because of this, the smell of oil lamps is highly evocative to me. Unfortunately, the lamp oil we have now smells more like paint thinners than the paraffin (kerosene) smell that I remember.
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