Alternative-Text Label and Brief Historical Discussion:
Illustration of a 19th century Guidepost displaying the BFC logo.
Guideposts were a combined street lamp and navigational sign that lit the way and provided information for people traveling after dark.
At that time, street lamps were powered by kerosene or natural gas.
Cities and towns employed "lamplighters"
who went about the streets at dusk to light
the street lamps, one by one, and again
to extinguish the lamps at dawn.
Seen twice a day by local residents, lamplighters were well-known and respected public servants in their local communities.
With the proliferation of electric street lighting in the early 1900's, the job of "lamplighter" quickly became obsolete. Some lamplighters simply retired or found other jobs, while others were reassigned to new positions with the municipalities they had served for years.
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