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    Default Vintage USA Lantern, Seeking info.

    Interesting find for your enjoyment. Any info appreciated.

    Seems like a Surefire type of night..

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    Any ideas? MIners light? Railroad light?
    Seems like a Surefire type of night..

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    https://www.google.com/search?q=delt...w=1120&bih=919
    Looks like it was a general lantern sold to use on railroads, the army, power companies, etc.
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    A lot of those were used by the army as the MX-290/GV.

    They use standard 6V lantern batteries.

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    VERY interesting !





    BTW --
    Delta Electric (Marion, Indiana)
    also made bicycle headlights,
    and bicycle electric Horns !


    They even made the electric horn
    used in 1950's era Lionel diesel locomotives !



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    Here's an interesting
    old advertisement --

    http://www.vintagepaperads.com/1951-...d_p_38536.html

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    Default Re: Vintage USA Lantern, Seeking info.

    Burgess, A fishing lantern... Who knew!

    Lynx Arc Commendable Google-Fu.

    xxo thanks for the Army connection.

    Thanks for all of the great replies.
    LK
    Seems like a Surefire type of night..

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    Kirk did a nice write up on Delta history here:

    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...ectric-Company

    Your lantern was patented by Lee M. Wiley (filed 1933, granted 1936). Looks like mr. Wiley included a adapter to run 4 D cells in place of the usual 6 Volt battery in his patent.

    https://patentimages.storage.googlea.../US2053591.pdf

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    By the way:


    The TOP bulb in that Powerlite lantern
    was a General Electric # 502 bulb.
    Rated 5.1 volts, 150mA, 7.5 Lumens ! ! !


    https://www.topbulb.com/502-bulb-5-1...ure-screw-base

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    Default Re: Vintage USA Lantern, Seeking info.

    Front bulb was a GE # 425,
    rated at 5 volts, 500mA, and MSCP 2.3
    (mean spherical candlepower).

    Therefore, since ONE standard candle
    outputs 12.57 Lumens,
    we can determine the Front (spotlight)
    output was about 30 Lumens.


    Much Respect for these fine lanterns,
    and the people who used them
    to accomplish So many things over the years !


    https://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lamp425.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Front bulb was a GE # 425,
    rated at 5 volts, 500mA, and MSCP 2.3
    (mean spherical candlepower).

    Therefore, since ONE standard candle
    outputs 12.57 Lumens,
    we can determine the Front (spotlight)
    output was about 30 Lumens.


    Much Respect for these fine lanterns,
    and the people who used them
    to accomplish So many things over the years !


    https://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lamp425.html


    As I understand it these were not "out the front" lumens, but rather the amount of light put out in all directions, though when those big reflectors were new an shiny they probably had a good amount of throw.

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    Default Re: Vintage USA Lantern, Seeking info.

    More info than I thought I'd get! But of course, this is CPF!
    Great resource at http://www.replacementlightbulbs.com too!

    Seems like a Surefire type of night..

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