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    Default Late 1930\'s/Early 1940\'s Period flashlight?

    Speaking of Halloween, this year I've got my Indiana Jones costume all ready--including "Raiders" leather jacket, Fedora, and leather bullwhip.

    What would be a period-correct illumination device to accompany the kids trick-or-treating this year? Sorry, their mom won't let me carry a burning torch...

    Were there the now-ubiquituous chrome-cylindrical 2D-sized flashlights in existence back in 1938/39, around the time setting of the first Indy film?

    I know this is a corny question, but I figured a little history lesson on flashlights could never hurt.

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    Default Re: Late 1930\'s/Early 1940\'s Period flashlight?

    What about a luxeon-fitted carbide? [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
    Some say its a quick mod...

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    Default Re: Late 1930\'s/Early 1940\'s Period flashlight?

    guncollector,
    A chrome or nickel-plated tubular flashlight would be appropriate for your period costume. Do you have one with the bullseye-style lens? Those were popular before the flat glass lens appeared. Check out http://www.geocities.com/~stuarts1031/flashlight.html for some cool photos.
    Kirk

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    Geez, GC, if you lived closer I'd tell you to come by and scrounge your favorite from the box of older lights that I have. Some of them would be perfect. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    If you need a costume with a "light" aspect, you could always go as one of the Pennsylvania coal miners with their helmet lamp.

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    hotfoot-
    Sorry, no time!

    Kirk-
    Great link! Wow, that site should be required reading for every flashaholic here at CPF!

    DonL-
    Thanks for the offer. Next time!

    Off to the local "X"-mart to find a "vintage" looking chrome flashlight (didn't know they existed back in 1902!)!

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    Default Re: Late 1930\'s/Early 1940\'s Period flashlight?

    I saw some "vintage" looking chrome/colors torches (Ray-O-vac?) at our local Walmart. I don't think they were over $5.

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