Forest Fire Lamp

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Favorite illumination of arsonists everywhere!

Original ad here. (Page 25.)
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 21, 2014
     Category: Destruction | Appliances | 1940s

Smokey the bear must have had a heart attack when he saw that! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 03/21/14 at 10:07 AM
The amazing part is that it comes complete with plug and cord! At least the improved model does.
Posted by ges on 03/21/14 at 10:17 AM
These style lamps were pretty common back in my day, you know, before there was electricity.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/21/14 at 10:34 AM
A roommate had one of those, or something similar. We found it so fascinating to watch after a bowl of hash.
Posted by KDP on 03/21/14 at 10:52 AM
I saw one of those in operation once in an antique store. Cool, but the store owner wanted $225 for it, saying "They go for more on eBay." Which instantly segued into a bitter rant about how he hated eBay, and the web, and computers period. Unfortunately, the friend I was with tends to engage any talkative person in conversation. After 15 minutes of his rant, even she just starting saying "Uh-huh" and backing slowly to the door.

We never went back in the store after that. It closed a year later. I wonder if he sold the lamp online.
Posted by Bill the Splut on 03/21/14 at 06:53 PM
I'd like one of those, but not for $225!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/21/14 at 07:02 PM
You do not understand the concept of the lamp. The heat of the light bulb makes a delicately balanced inner cylinder shade with thin vertical slots cut into it spin... which makes the flame scene seem to flicker. Note the holes around the top... to let heat out.

These are expensive because the parts are delicate. The inner shade is balanced on very thin wires on a small central platform inside. If the inner shade got out of balance and stopped then it melted, sometimes so severely that it wouldn't spin anymore. Thus, they are somewhat rare.

Indeed it is a very cool looking lamp when working correctly. There are ones that are of waterfalls falling and different beach scenes and actually several styles of the burning theme... some with animals looking at their forest burning.
Posted by bikerval on 03/31/14 at 05:59 PM
I did find a video of this lamp in action.
Posted by Farmer Grimmace on 06/09/14 at 11:42 PM
Excellent catch, Farmer Grimmace!
Posted by Paul on 06/10/14 at 10:02 AM

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