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Was it this crash? http://gizmodo.com/why-a-1956-plane-crash-site-in-the-grand-canyon-was-n...

Yep. THANKS!!!I was thinking of trying to find something on the crash.I  hadn't thought of it in years.  I read from your link that the planes left LA in the morning... so perhaps we didn't see the crash as I remember.... makes me wonder. There is no one to ask. I do recall the flashes...or some flashes. Ha! I recall as well being scared to death we would fall into the canyon. Scary at night. 

Thanks again for finding that!!  TL

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Forgetting when day and night was during your involvement in the event so long ago, isn’t bad for such and old memory, it is easy to mix up the timeline of what was going on when it happened and the searching and what was going on after dark came.

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I had thought that we all had the cheapest little 2 D cell lights that never worked , remember pulling them out of the kitchen drawer, turning on the switch and no light came out, then you had to start playing the flashlight game of “is it the batteries, is the bulb burned out, is the switch not working, is it 2 or 3 of them all at once?, shake shake, hit with the palm of your hand, shake, shake.

You sure put me on a walk down memory lane. Most of these lights were dirt-cheap.These mean green or yellow colored plastic lights cost less than one guilder. They hardly ever worked when you needed them to work. But we never tested them because the batteries cost more than the light itself. It sat in the kitchen drawer until we were warned by a distinct odor that the batteries were leaking. We bought a new one and the whole cycle started all over again.

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Forgetting when day and night was during your involvement in the event so long ago, isn't bad for such and old memory, it is easy to mix up the timeline of what was going on when it happened and the searching and what was going on after dark came.

Ha! Well, I guess not considering half of the time I can't remember where I live! Surprised  I know it was dark... I'll see if I can find an exact time of the crash somewhere. It has me wondering now. Those old lights are just pure treasure. I'd pay about whatever it took if I had Dad's old one available to purchase. Odd how life works!  Thanks again for finding that info.  TL

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Don’t doubt yourself – it probably was relatively dark regardless of the time of day as there were heavy thunderstorms and cloud cover (which is what caused the crash).

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Very cool.

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Since they work, leave them alone. If they did not work, do only what is needed to restore function, no more. If you want to use a vintage flashlight to mod a modern LED into, buy one of the dozens on ebay that is not in as nice of condition.

I too have some very old vintage lights.. including a French Flasher from around 1914 or so:

It has an aspheric lens and puts this round goodness on the wall:

I’ll post some others soon. We really need a Vintage and Antique Flashlight section. They too can be considered “budget lights”, as most can be purchased for $50 or less, some for half of that. My French Flasher (wow, that DOES sound inappropriate, doesnt it?) was only $24 at the local antique store.

Nice light, & same beam pattern as the two i have above. Smile

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OK… come & clean my monitor screen up! Wow. Those are outstanding finds. I spent hours trying to get a patina like that on some brass bezels for a customers light a few weeks back. I didn’t realize all I had to do was throw them up in the attic for 50-60-70 years and wait!!!Surprised  BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS!!!  Thanks for sharing.   TL

Thanks. I have a few old vintage lights in my growing collection now. I like these old technologies of a century ago.

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Here’s my 80 year old. It’s an early zoomie; well sort of; the screw in back adjusts the focus more than switching from flood to zoom. The bulb on top is solid glass- yes I said solid. I included a pic with it burning but since it’s made of unobtanium I never turn it on and then with only weak batteries. 2D cells power it. The switch on back goes L-R solid, off, front. No hint of who made it to be found. I’ve seen similar shaped lights but none exactly match the shape and details. Printed on back is “Krause Corner Drug Store” in Carlisle Ohio. If anyone is near there maybe you can see if any old folks remember the place.






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The designs from early century lights was quite interesting. I just received three more vintage lights and will get some photos up soon.

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I was just asking one of our well renowned flashlight fixer upers earlier, if he could maybe fix my grandpas old light as it quit working about 12 years ago. I think it may be in the switch or the weird looking filament/bulb in it where the problem lies, but I don’t know. The light is at least 60 years old as I am 52 and my dad said he used it long before I came along. It is a “Big Beam” brand and was made in Chicago Illinois. I do know it had a great beam and a lot of brightness to it for an old flashlight though, like the Q-beam of the day back then. The head even swivels so you can sit the light down and point it from straight up to about 25 degrees down past level. This is exactly like mine but not the actual light.

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That reminds me of one my grandfather once had, it used a 6 volt rectangle battery. Smile

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I can’t see the switch in your pic, but most of these had simple “slide” switches which are still made in numerous sizes, so you could find a replacement. Matching the original rivets would be the tough part. You could probably disassemble both switches (new and old) and replace the internal parts as needed. Slide switches usually fail from the sliding “U” losing it’s springiness or from the tuny spring above it failing. For a display model simply squeezing that “U” tighter and stretching the spring (if so equipped) will restore operation. You may be able to access that without removal of the whole switch from the bottom, thus saving the original rivets.

The bulb is probably a “Sealed Beam” and those can still be had as well. This type of flashlight was the “Sky Ray King” of it’s day and other than the cost of batteries and it’s incan technology they can still acquit themselves well.

Let’s see more oldies!
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yes it is sealed beam..it has a clicky type switch (Push button) on the opposite side from pic, but also a number of wires here there and all from one component to the other.

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Clicky-switches can still be had too. If you can get a few pics of that switch we might find one. There were not a lot of different clicky-switches made back then, and I’ve fixed a few old lights in my youth with ones scrounged from vacuum cleaners and desk lamps which were identical or close enough to fit. These don’t repair well (if at all) so a replacement would be needed to make it work.

It’s still a piece of history anyway, working or not. Whoever designed it put thought into it’s aesthetics knowing the dies for the stampings would be a significant investment and useless for anything else. Today’s plastic and CNC work pales in comparison; it’s cheap and easy now unlike in the past. 3D printing moreso.

To my eyes this is as much industrial artwork as it is a flashlight, and that is a large part of why I love old flashlights so much :bigsmile:

Let’s see more like this!
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DBSAR wrote:
So a friend gave me these two gems he found in an abandoned house.
He found them in an old house that was abandoned since the 1950’s, and about to be torn down. He found these two lights sitting on a beam in the attic of the old house when there were cleaning it out. He knew i collected lights, so he though i would be the best home for these classics. Fortunately there were no batteries in them. (which would have long since leaked out and likely destroyed the lights. To my amazement when i tested 2 C-cells in them they both worked!
One is a vintage Eveready, and the other from Yale Electric. I have no idea of the year, but they are definitely old.
They both have glass aspheric lenses.

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We watched some of the Thin Man movies over the weekend and was wondering what kind of flashlights he was using. It was hard to tell, but these look pretty close if they weren’t the same.

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its possible. Old movies sometimes use vintage & antique items as props.

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These would be antiques now, but they could have been new when the movies were made.

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Nice find! I agree with those who said leave them be.

They really don’t make ‘em like they used to. What are the odds that someone will find a Convoy and have it work 60 years from now?

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Racer wrote:
Nice find! I agree with those who said leave them be.

They really don’t make ‘em like they used to. What are the odds that someone will find a Convoy and have it work 60 years from now?

True Smile i may mod a replacement bulb to a warm white LED just for show to see how that works, so it don’t alter the original lights or bulbs.

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http://imgur.com/xIADNIa
I have this lamp with an aspheric lens that my father bought some years ago. He didn’t use it much and it rotted across from leaking batteries. the lens is chipped at the edge and scratched but I was wondering should I try to build a lamp with it. The lamp was a cheap one back then so I dont want to restore it, it’s too far gone in any event.

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difficult to say on that one, it depends on how much of it salvageable or restoreable.

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If it’s a well-known brand it might still have some value as replacement parts for a restorer. If not then it’s parts for your projects.

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This is my 1925 Eveready #2660, my newest “old” light.


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sgt253 wrote:
This is my 1925 Eveready #2660, my newest “old” light.

Nice one! Thanks for sharing the photos of it.

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I have one of the Evereadys

Based on the online flashlight museum site, I think it is a
“baby Comet” with a Walleye lens. It takes two ‘C’ cells.
Paid $40. They are circa ~1913-1914

Picked it up today at an antique show. Almost in pristine condition.
I hope I’m in as good shape when I’m 103-104 years old.

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wjv wrote:
I have one of the Evereadys

Based on the online flashlight museum site, I think it is a
“baby Comet” with a Walleye lens. It takes two ‘C’ cells.
Paid $40. They are circa ~1913-1914

Picked it up today at an antique show. Almost in pristine condition.
I hope I’m in as good shape when I’m 103-104 years old.

Nice! that’s a beauty Smile I have quite a few more vintage flashlights added in my collection, i just have not had time yet to do photos of them all to add here. (hopefully soon.

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 Dear DBSAR !

As I know you , you will never destroy a part of the flash lights history !!!..An easy cleaning , just to get rid of some rust and not let it spread .., and these two BEAUTIES will be the queens of your collection , no doubt..!

Modify them is like you've found an wild rose wood armoire ,  from 19-th  century and you want to paint it with chark  paint , to make it look old !!!!

PLEASE , don't...!

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 Dear DBSAR !


As I know you , you will never destroy a part of the flash lights history !!!..An easy cleaning , just to get rid of some rust and not let it spread .., and these two BEAUTIES will be the queens of your collection , no doubt..!


Modify them is like you’ve found an wild rose wood armoire ,  from 19-th  century and you want to paint it with chark  paint , to make it look old !!!!


PLEASE , don’t…!

These classics are in working condition, and will be left all original on display with my other original flashlight & lanterns from a time gone by. Smile

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 This is the MAN that I know !!!  Love you for that .., manly way , don't get me wrong... + 1000.

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