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__SPACER__ Being a lighthouse keeper was often a lonely and solitary job, and reading was considered so important that traveling libraries were provided by the precursor to the US Coastguard service.<p /><p />"The United States Lighthouse Establishment, precursor to the Coast Guard and the governing body of all lighthouses until the early 20th century provided traveling libraries that circulated between each lighthouse.<p /><p />Each library was numbered and housed in a portable box. On the insides of each door contained a reading list of what the library offered as well as a travel log, detailing at which lighthouses the library had been at, and the amount of time spent there. "
__SPACER__ Before electricity, lighthouses relied on lamps that would almost be considered mood lighting by today’s standards. Mechanisms were clockwork and had to be wound as often as every two hours. In the 19th century, Fresnel designed a lens that could focus this light into parallel rays and project it horizontally, dramatically improving lighthouses. By the end of the century, all lighthouses had Fresnel lenses classified into orders, with first order being the largest and most impressive.