I’ve been away for a long time. Life has that funny way of getting away from you. Writing about this stuff can be therapeutic, so here, late at night, I am going to write about a few things I’ve picked up since last posting.
First up, is a Rayovac Sportsman 360 lantern!
This is a late 1960s – early 1970s fluorescent lantern. Solid state and waterproof, it is a heavy beast (it runs on 4, 6-volt lantern batteries in the bottom) but is well built (in the USA!), and looks like it was mostly cared for by the previous owner. It has 3 power settings – low (partial light from a single tube), medium (full light from a single tube), and high (both bulbs on high – as seen above).
What’d it cost: $7.99, plus another $28 in lantern batteries
What’d it take: Some scrubbing of the contacts inside to clean off some corrosion, and some goo gone to get the price tag off the globe
What’s it do: Provide light during power failures, at night while camping, and I’ll see if it can be incorporated into deck lighting in the summer.
Next, an Eveready “Big Jim” lantern flashlight!
This is probably late 50s to early 60s in age. It’s a flashlight that runs on a long, thin lantern battery, and does not have any housing to protect it. It is a big head that pivots, and looks like it was probably stored in a shed or garage. The contacts that connect the battery to the light are pretty poor and a lot of jiggling is needed to get it running. I really just bought it because of the name “Big Jim”. Companies nowadays don’t tend to have fun like that when naming products any more.
The pain was finding a battery for the thing. These style batteries aren’t common, and aren’t cheap. Luckily the Canadian Tire near my house had one in stock.
Pictures to come…
What’d it cost: $4.99, plus a $20 lantern battery
What’d it take: A lot of patience to get the contacts to connect correctly.
What’s it do: Look cool on a shelf in the workroom with other vintage tools.
Another vintage light, a Rayovac Sportsman flashlight!
This is probably a bit older than the camping lantern, although they do seem to be a part of the “Sportsman” line of lighting products from Rayovac. This is a vintage looking flashlight – chrome, nicely made, and feels sturdy in the hand, even without the 3 D-cell batteries in the handle. It has a button to enable you to use it for morse code too if you like. It has a nice big head on it too, and has real glass in it, instead of today’s plastic or plexiglass.
When I saw it on the shelf, I had to take it. It’s now become a regularly used light when walking the dogs at night, replacing a shoddy made in China LED light that never stayed on.
Pictures to come…
What’d it cost: $3.99
What’d it take: A bit of cleaning and removal of the vintage batteries, and replacement with fresh ones
What’s it do: What a flashlight does. Nice and easy to hold while giving a great beam.
Here’s a bit of a different piece of lighting, a Star Barricade 877 light!
This was a total random find a while ago. When I found it, I had no idea what it was, but a big blue light was something that was very different. Turns out, this is the type of light that you see mounted to the top of the big road pylons! It works, and when turned on, the light blinks for a second, then out for a second, then blinks. It runs on a couple of 6 volt batteries, and has 2 light bulbs inside – according to the literature, it should auto-fail over to the backup bulb if/when the primary bulb burns out. Anyway, it has become a fixture on my ‘oddities’ shelf, and gets used at Halloween to warn the kids of a zombie-filled house when heading up to the door!
Pictures to come…
What’d it cost: $9.99, plus another $15 in batteries
What’d it take: Just the replacement of the batteries
What’s it do: Not a lot. But it looks cool.