Our favorite little cordless lamps are everywhere we turn it seems - and for good reason. Their long battery life, practicality, and attractive design make them ideal for numerous applications. As such - I thought it might be fitting to share a brief history of battery-powered lighting, which, I have come to find out, dates back to the early 1800s when the first battery was invented by Alessandro Volta. I hope you enjoy this brief newsletter and I thank you for reading!
- Patrick Dolat, Shopkeeper at Newport Lamp & Shade Company
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The First Tubular Flashlight was invented in 1898 by David Misell, British inventory who lived in New York City for a number of years.
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The popularity of battery-powered lighting continued to grow throughout the early 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s, flashlights became widely available and were commonly used in homes, businesses, and by the military. During World War II, battery-powered lighting became even more important. Soldiers needed portable, reliable sources of light that could be used in the field, and battery-powered flashlights were the perfect solution.
An ad from July of 1944 by Schuster’s Department Store for a military surplus flashlight. It came complete with batteries and bulb for $1.99.
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In the 1950s and 1960s, new types of batteries were developed that could produce more power and last longer. This led to the development of larger battery-powered lights, such as lanterns and spotlights, that could be used for camping and outdoor activities.
Big Beam No. 164 Sealed Beam Beacon Lamp. Manufactured by U-C Lite MFG Co., 1050 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL.
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