Why round bottoms?

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In looking at old 50's 60's incandescent flashlights why are they not flat on the bottom but are rounded or pointy?
 

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Rockets and streamlining were coming on, I think. Also, they slide into a pocket easier when they are rounded. I have several of the "modern" flashlights that have the flat tail caps, and honestly, some of them I'd rather have the old bullet/rocket shaped tail cap on them--easier to pocket them.

If I get into collecting old incan flashlights (as opposed to just letting them accumulate, naturally), I think I will go for those old bullet/rocket tail cap flashlights. I like the style. :)
 

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I think it is for the 'Buck Rogers' look? But of course some of these are older than the 1950s.

I've been wanting to find one in brass, usa made, D two sized, and NOS.
 

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Has to do with at first they was designed to run in beef jerky and I don't know either lol
 

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Ribbed with round pointy end, hmm, interesting question. :crackup:

Maybe it was made to hold a spare bulb, or maybe it help rigidity when stamped from thin metal,
 

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I think it had a lot to do with the space race. Rockets were becoming really popular and products were trying to emulate the new space race cool. Think about the rear fins of the 1957 Chevy, and the rocket fins on the Cadillac. If you stood a red plastic ringed flashlight lens on the table, with that rounded tail cap up, it looked a lot like a rocket with a red exhaust.

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Yea, everything was trying to emulate rockets back then. It was a marketing thing. And there was even a rocket powered car made for the commercial market back then believe it or not. I saw a youtube video about it once. Pretty amazing and cool.
 

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So from what everyone is saying, it's a visual gimmick from times before tailstanding was seen as an useful feature? 🤔 Though I guess with flashlights as big as those old ones were, and made of cheap thin sheet metal, tailstanding would be asking for them to be knocked over and ruined on impact.
 

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As fragile as those incan bulbs were, I imagine tail standing would have been seen as unwise. Plus the fact that as dim as the light was from them, bounce lighting may not have been much illumination, especially if your ceiling had low albedo.
 
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