JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
I have written some posts here on Lonely Things--telegraph poles, electric cable structures, houses, cows, horses, and such--but I think nothing regarding The Lonely Light. And not Light-Lonely-I'm-So-Exposed-and-Vulnerable Lonely, but Lonely in a very public or crowded space. And that I think is just what we have here, found in an architecture journal edited buy Caesar Daly, who I have written about in a contiguous post. (The engraving is the work of the prodigiously talented and very busy Caesar Daly, who in addition to writing and editing books also edited the journal Revue Generale de l'Architecture et des Travaux Publics, des architects des ingenieurs des archeologues des Industriels et de Proprietaure, these images coming from volume XVIII, printed in 1860, in the section "Chemin de Fer de Paris a Lyon", which turns out to have been a very busy railway hub in teh early expansion period of railroads in France.) Anyway, I have no doubt that there was a row of these gas light fixtures along the concourse, this being a view of the interior of the station looking down/longitudinally along the tracks so you see their cross-section--and frankly I can't tell if this shows two sets of tracks on either side of the central platform, or three (narrow gauge) lines. As they say over there, "Ça ne fait rien"/"Machts nichts"--I'm just focused here on the lonely light.