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    What is your oldest light? Looking for examples of old lights still capable of use, or better yet, still in use.

    My oldest is a blue enamel-steel, Justrite 4D incandescent headlamp that has seen better days. Dates from circa 1970, so it's about 36 years old. This headlamp still works and I still use it occasionally. It worked perfectly until just recently, when the switch began to become intermittent.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera so I can't post a picture of it. The headlamp part holds only bulb, socket, reflector, and switch, so it's quite light. The 4 D cells - the heavy part of the rig - ride in a steel battery pack with a belt clip. Throws a pretty good spot when focused. When defocused it puts out a useful flood of bright light, but with rings and other artifacts.

    Over the years this headlamp has been through many a cave, and on many hiking, camping and canoeing trips. It's banged up: the finish is scraped off in places and there are more than a few dents and a little rust. It's somewhat of a pain to adjust the focus bezel, because the threads are dented out of shape.

    I've been thinking about replacing the switch and dropping in a LED conversion, but I have to wonder if it's really worth the trouble. Maybe I should just give this light an honorable retirement: "Farewell, thou good and faithful servant."

    Anyone else have an "old faithful" they would hate to get rid of?

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    Plastic right-angle military style OD 2D flashlight. It's a piece of shit if you need any amount of serious illumination, but if you're trying to keep your exposure to a minimum, a dim light is a blessing. I got it during basic training 14 years ago and won't get rid of it. It's sitting out in the garage right now on the shelf. I guess this doesn't count as a light I still have in use, but it's the light I've had the longest and still have. The thing's been to the desert and back. Still works perfectly as far as I know, even though it hasn't had batteries in it for about 8 years.

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    Just making a funny, not a funny at your expense, so please don't take it personally ...


    If it works perfectly and is able to do so without batteries in it for the past 8 years, I'd say it's working pretty dang good!

    Mine died in the rice paddies the first month I was in-country.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rando
    Still works perfectly as far as I know, even though it hasn't had batteries in it for about 8 years.

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    I have a few flashlights from Canadian tire over the years that I still have, some of them are probably 10-15 years old a the odd one might be pushing 20 years old!

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    a 3D maglite I have from 9-10 years ago. Man has it been that long.....

    I had to buy it with my own money made from mowing neighbors' lawns since my parents balked at the idea od a 20 dollar light...

    Man times have changed...
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    WWII era German flashlight. Near mint condition, and it does work, just hard to find the proper batteries.

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    My oldest light is an Everyread Big Jim Lantern, I won it in a fishing competition 37 yrs ago. It is like the one pictured here minus the red lamp on the back.


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    Hi Norm!

    Welcome to CPF!

    Why don't you stay a while and enjoy the light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grox
    Hi Norm!

    Welcome to CPF!

    Why don't you stay a while and enjoy the light!
    Thanks Gox I plan on doing just that. This site was bought to my attention by a student doctor at our local hospital.
    (Hi Paul if you see this PM me.)

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    My oldest is a 1905 Ever-ready pocket light with a doom lens. It is modded to run a Lux III









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    Wow! The Eveready Big Jim! That light cemented my fate as a flashaholic over 30 years ago. My father bought one discounted as a Union Carbide employee.
    It came into its element during the 1970's NYC blackout. It threw a tight beam over 3-4 city blocks and lit up the elevated trains stuck in station.
    You couldn't tear it away from my little junior high-schooler hands!


    Last month, I discovered a Radio Shack freebie 5D plastic fantastic. Those gray/red D-cell funnels! It was in an old box of car parts...must be 25 years old.
    Still works....alright, confess who else was also a multi-carded battery of the month member?
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    Have another one that's 40 something and still works great!






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    from early 20's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm
    Thanks Gox I plan on doing just that. This site was bought to my attention by a student doctor at our local hospital.
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    I'd say restore the little guy. It's been reliable so far I say you do it out of the respect you have for it.
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    Ive got a 20 yr old eveready incan/flourescent.Thining about putting in a potted led! runsa on 4AA.

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    A 2D mag circa 1977 or so. Back then D size mags had a large enough tube diameter to take rechargables without boring. As a matter of fact it is currently on its way to becoming a ROP.


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    Wow, cool old lights! AWs takes the cake.

    Somewhere, I have one like Norm's. BTW, welcome to CPF Norm, why dontcha stay awhile!

    Ah, WNG, battery of the month takes me way back!

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    The Big Jim is really cool, that was a bright sucker in its day. It could burn up a battery pretty quick as I remember, with its "sealed beam" bulb. But was great for night fishing trips... ahhh those were the days as a teenager.

    I, too, had a Big Jim and someone stole it from an open garage I had many years ago.
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    Have an Eveready Big Jim myself. Somewhere.

    Those huge Sealed Beams may *LOOK* impressive,

    but they only draw 500 mA, just like the (much smaller) PR-13.

    A #731 battery, which was composed of 8 size-F cells (4x2), lasted a LONG time !


    Still have a spare Lamp for this thing, bought same time i got the Big Jim *new* (late 1960's).

    Wanted to be *prepared*, for when the lamp failed.

    But, incredibly, the original Sealed Beam still works fine !


    No longer use it, but it sure has given me lots of memories.

    (can you tell that i'm a life-long Flashaholic ?)

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    Found a 4 D cell Streamlight from about circa 1981-2 the other day (has a reverse clickie.) Not sure how long the batteries had been in there, but I was surprised that they weren't leaking. I'm guessing that they must have been in there for at least 10 years (!) as I don't really remember seeing that thing in quite some time, and there was still a little (very little) life left in them.

    Anyhoo, I did remove the batteries and will put fresh batteries in them if I use the light again. I'm thinking of dropping a 4 cell Mag LED module in this light (yup! it fits and has the same kind of threaded collar as a Mag). The reflector is not cammed for focusing, however it can adjusted along the threads for focusing.

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    I have a few of these all metal hardware store lights I got out of my grandfather's basement, I have no idea how old they are, but they are not very new! The particular one in this picture I fixed up for him with 2 CR123s and a 4 cel xenon bulb. It is very light and very bright now, he was pretty impressed when I gave it back to him.

    The lamp in the background is from 1909 I believe, but its no flashlight. My dad collects that brand of lamp, its an aladdin.



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