We all seem to gravitate to new technology. It was no different for the Native Americans of the eighteenth century, when flint and steel were the common tools for starting a fire and would continue to be so for years to come.
Here we see Iroquois men as they try to light their pipes with a magnifying glass. They are fascinated by this little glass, which not only makes things look bigger but can also start a fire—something most of us did with magnifying glasses as kids. But in the end it was just a novelty. Cloudy days and nights made this method of fire starting impracticable, as it only worked with a little help from the sun.