Possible Early 1900's Eveready Daylo

HerrOtto

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Hello, I am new to this forum and would like some help identifying this flash light. The flashlight has no markings of any kind inside or outside, though it looks very similar to pictures I have seen of Early 1900's Eveready Daylo lights. One of the things that drew me to this light was its unusual switch. The light takes 3 "D" cell batteries and uses a screw in bulb. Besides needing help Identifying the light and its age, can you please tell me what kind of bulb I would need and where to get it? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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First off the bulb

I thought it was a 1911 era but Daylo existed between 1917 and 1920.
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The Daylo series.

My guess is 1910/11 ish house light. A house light is one made with no logos to be sold at small mom and pop stores.
 

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First off the bulb

I thought it was a 1911 era but Daylo existed between 1917 and 1920.
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The Daylo series.

My guess is 1910/11 ish house light. A house light is one made with no logos to be sold at small mom and pop stores.

Byk: What's the story with that switch / the band in front of it, which looks almost like a rheostat / variable resistance element? That's not a 'dimming' / output control is it? Don't see anything that apparently moves in that axis, don't see anything like that on the Daylo models featured here, and if that's what it's for, I wasn't even aware such a thing was used on early flashlights. I guess I need some ODFM expertise here (as usual;-)
 

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bykfixer, thank you for your quick reply and information. aznx, I believe it is only an on off switch, but very primitive. For being that old, it is in great shape.
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bykfixer, would the brand be Eveready or National Carbide or Union Carbide ? The reason I ask, is I found this excerpt from a post on this website "In 1917 National Carbon Company merged with Union Carbide to form The Union Carbide and Carbon Co. and Eveready began using the name "DAYLO". ? Thank you
 

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bykfixer, would the brand be Eveready or National Carbide or Union Carbide ? The reason I ask, is I found this excerpt from a post on this website "In 1917 National Carbon Company merged with Union Carbide to form The Union Carbide and Carbon Co. and Eveready began using the name "DAYLO". ? Thank you
I'll look that up.
It's the switch that has me daunted.

Daylo was an ad campaign where Conrad Hubert wanted to change the term "flashlight" to another term. He held a contest where each entry submitted a name they thought would be better. A $100,000 prize to the winner. As luck would have it his entry won. Daylo was meant to be a sense of daytime in low light. It was about as successful as icecream at the north pole. I think ice cream at the north pole sold better.

Anyway it does not appear to be an Eveready switch. See, Conrad patented those back then and sued anybody who copied him. Often the loser was required to use their facility to make X amount of $ worth of flashlights for Eveready. Anyway, later today I'll see if I can find a photo or drawing of that switch and maybe that will help provide a possible answer to who made it.

I'll also try to find info on the Union Carbide question.
 

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I believe it to be a Kwik-Lite made light.
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The switch was a Kwik-Lite invention

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From the Stuart Schneider book Collecting Flashlights

To the Union Carbide question
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From the Bill Utley book Flashlights
 
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Thank you for the great information. Please do not think I am ungrateful, but, I do not think the Kwik Lite switch is exactly like mine.Though the switch is very similar in design, it does appear to be different than mine. My switch has the two upper rivets in a different position, the single rivet is in a more circular location rather than being squared off. My whole switch is located in the bottom 3rd of the my light rather the center of the Kwik Lite. I do not think the Kwik Lite switch actually has the blade that slides out the switch to make contact with the metal band that goes partially around the circumference of my light . If you look at the picture of the Kwik Lite black flash light to the left of the tall metal tubular light in the article, it does not have the metal band above the switch. Again, I am very grateful for your help.
 

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