There is a deeper meaning to seeing the light, but here at PrairieGrit we are usually just referring to the physical light. Lanterns were one of the first ways people could harness the use of light in a safe manner. Carrying a container full of oil with a flame at the top is more than likely not suggested today, but hey, sometimes you have to live life on the edge. Lanterns were carried by cowboys, conductors and cops on manhunts and they helped provide light for years. Lanterns make great collection pieces now and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Restore it, reuse it or just look at the new beautiful lantern you just found.