Another [very] old light (1920s)

TurkishCoffee

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I'm really not trying not to form a 'collection' here, but I couldn't resist getting another Yale light to go with my 3 D-cell 3101. This time it's a 2D "Spotlight" version, model 2201. Came in excellent condition, the reflector is still a mirror finish. Even with an antique Mazda bulb and carbon batteries it's actually pretty good. I like the compact size of these vintage lights and the zero-plastic construction.

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3301 and 2201:
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Beamshot, with period bulb and zinc-carbon batteries:
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bykfixer

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I really liked the way those flat lenses protruding from the light caused the beam to look.

That's an awesome beam shot by the way. It even captured some of the filament shadow. That's not an easy task.

Is the battery a long cardboard tube with 2aa's or actual individual cells?
 

TurkishCoffee

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I have 2 D cells in it, wrapped in paper to keep from rattling. If there was originally a cardboard tube that's long gone.
 

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Wow. Now those I like. They have a look that has never been replicated with reproductions. And still working too - I am definitely a bit envious - in a good way. Nice you have them running too - now you just need to go out on a dark night and enjoy how well some vintage lumens can still light your way.
 

TurkishCoffee

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Thanks for showing us!

What is the black body made from?
Yale adds call it fibre, specifically "specially treated, well-seasoned fibre with a corrugated surface". The outside feels like vulcanized rubber but the inside is papery. I think it's some kind of fiberboard with a waterproof treatment. Available in nickel but personally I prefer the look of the fibre and I haven't seen many nickel for sale anyway.

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