Candles were an inexpensive way to light a home. Candles could be purchased or made at home by dipping or molding. Dipping was a tedious process of repeatedly dipping wicks, attached to a thin pole, in hot tallow until the desired thickness was reached. Molded candles required less time. A wick was placed in the center of each tube and then tallow or wax was poured in and left until it was hard. The mold was then plunged into cold water to remove the candles.
Gift of W.O. Converse (703275)
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