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Back in the 19th century, the darkness was brought to life
by  the gaslight, these lights were a softer option to the 
brightly lit arc lamps which made the streets look like 
daylight, if you looked at them too long it could make you
blind because of it's extreme brightness, they were later

removed in favour of the gaslight which became a romantic
light for lovers who would often meet at night under these 
lights, they also looked spooky in the foggy streets of 
London, were in the night, crimes were committed by  the
likes of Jack the Ripper, and other criminals , and you

could hear the police whistle being blown while chasing 
a criminal, in the distance you could hear the musical sound 
of the barrel organ at a nearby pub. The gaslight was a part 
of London's night life and a big part of British history. Once 
the electric light was discovered the gaslight vanished forever.

Written 20th July 2013

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  1. Date: 7/27/2013 2:43:00 AM
    a piece of history, doom to pages kept, is now sweet poetry, from one such as yours. thank you

    Ginesi Avatar John Ginesi
    Date: 7/27/2013 3:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Danesh, So glad to comment with you here on my PS site, I also operate on as well, yes 3 sites CS is my official home. I have been stuck at the turn of the Victorian era lately with my last two poems, I hope to return to the future soon I am exploring the 1900s. I was born in 1947 so I feel the 1900s a good time period, there was no racial hatred or gun violence back then a time when new inventions would change your life.
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 3:01:00 AM
    Nice historical illustration , I have learnt something that I did not know before about gaslights. Very interesting story.

    Ginesi Avatar John Ginesi
    Date: 7/26/2013 4:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Christine, Gaslights were around the 1900's Victorian age, they disappeared around the early 1960s, some have been modified as electric lights in houses and streets replicas, the poles had a parallel bar up near the light, it was for the lamp lighters to put their ladder to open the class pane and light and extinguish their flame I am glas you liked this.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 2:22:00 PM
    Very good write, John, I remember the gas lights when I was a kid, Peter

    Ginesi Avatar John Ginesi
    Date: 7/23/2013 3:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Peter, The Gaslight was a romantic icon of the 1900's, I thought I would write about it, young people have missed out on a lot of famous inventions of the early 1900's and their technology, I believe if they had our knowledge today back then they would have created the internet back in 1940. TY for your comments. John