The site you were redirected to,Lightbulbs.com is owned by the McLellan family. I believe Dave McLellan who has now retired was the driving force behind flashlight museum so perhaps he no longer wants to maintain the flashlight museum site. There is a mention of the flashlight museum in the history section at the bottom of the page on Lightbulbs.com but I didn't see any mention of the website status.
Actually, it never was.[...] But such is the case with e-sites. "Preserved for the Ages" is something now gone out of fashion it seems.
Actually, it never was.
There is an interesting story on a classical music composer (can't recall his name - which is one of the lessons to take away I guess :ironic.
He was modestly successful in his day (early romantic era IIRC), so that a wealthy patron created a library to house all of his work.
Yep - the library eventually burns down and virtually every composition was destroyed; so few of his works survived that he is almost unknown in the present day.
The moral to the story is that if you want to preserve information, throw it to the four winds; if it is centralized and preserved, an inevitable cataclysm will wipe it out completely.
CPF is possibly the single greatest depository of historical flashlight information - precisely because the knowledge is decentralized & distributed across its membership.