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Post# 389062   3/25/2018 at 23:56 (831 days old) by S1015075 (butte,mt)        

I would love to find any information on this lamp. it was thrown away In a dumpster. almost didnít take it because how dirty it was. cleaned up, put a Cord on it. looks great.

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Post# 389064 , Reply# 1   3/26/2018 at 00:19 (831 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For us flashoholics-actually a neat light-like the lower level reading light.Interesting.nice color.

Post# 389066 , Reply# 2   3/26/2018 at 01:11 (831 days old) by S1015075 (butte,mt)        

Oh so that was a reading light on the switch. Thought it was a nighttime light.

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Post# 389074 , Reply# 3   3/26/2018 at 08:28 (831 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I love it. That's definitely an artifact from the mid-20th century when everything was over-engineered. Glad you rescued it.

Post# 389102 , Reply# 4   3/26/2018 at 13:18 (830 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

That is sooo cool! Very MCM, nice rescue!

Post# 389159 , Reply# 5   3/27/2018 at 02:42 (830 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Now I want one!!!This appears to be a light that is not easy to find.

Post# 389160 , Reply# 6   3/27/2018 at 02:44 (830 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Is there any sort of brand or manufacturer name on it?At least that would be a clue to go by.

Post# 389213 , Reply# 7   3/27/2018 at 15:35 (829 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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There seems to be a decal visible in the photo in reply #2 but it's a bit out of focus. The only thing I can make out clearly is "No. 306 Lamp". The rest is blurred. Perhaps another shot of that sticker could clear things up a bit (no pun intended).

Post# 389223 , Reply# 8   3/27/2018 at 18:27 (829 days old) by S1015075 (butte,mt)        
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Post# 389260 , Reply# 9   3/27/2018 at 23:15 (829 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Post# 389261 , Reply# 10   3/27/2018 at 23:16 (829 days old) by blknblu (CT)        

Looks like Hill-Rom is still around .. started out making hospital furniture
Founded in 1929 in Batesville, Indiana (see sticker on lamp)

Besides Hill-Rom, William A. Hillenbrand also founded Hillenbrand (still in Batesville, Indiana)

Post# 389273 , Reply# 11   3/28/2018 at 01:50 (829 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

These companies also build Batesville caskets-strange a company that builds lights and coffins!and to top it off other hospital furniture!

Post# 389288 , Reply# 12   3/28/2018 at 08:23 (829 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The question is, do they put lights inside their caskets? ;)

Post# 389426 , Reply# 13   3/30/2018 at 00:28 (827 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Actually if you think about it, the lamp does look like something you'd find in a hospital, in, say, the '60s.

Probably explains its oddities. The downward facing little light is probably a nightlight for patients to see the floor when they need to get to the bathroom.

Or whatever.

Post# 390642 , Reply# 14   4/18/2018 at 00:56 (808 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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Definitely 1950's industrial art-deco lamp. A lot of people selling them tag them as 1940's but that shade of blue was more of a 1950's color.

Also that is a reading lamp, as this lamp would set by the bedside and the main lights would likely be off after-hours. A lot of auctions say this is a insane asylum lamp, lol

Hill-Rom is a hospital/medical supplier so that's certain where it would have been used. One just sold on eBay in March for $130, so I'd say you got a hell of a find there! Your color might be a rare color because I only seen a couple in blue, and mostly all of them are in white. I guess blue did not blend in well with a lot of hospitals.

Take care of it, it will be the only lamp you ever will need!

Post# 396258 , Reply# 15   8/5/2018 at 07:41 (699 days old) by dirtsniffer (iowa)        
Know this is an older thread but had to add

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We had few similar lamps in a bar/hotel my parents had. The lower light was to low to read by so i think they were more for navigation. And if that company put lights in their caskets did the light go off when the lid shut? Sorry but couldn't stop myself!

Post# 396262 , Reply# 16   8/5/2018 at 08:13 (699 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Wow! Nice find!

All I can tell you about it is that I love it.
And, like someone else I want one!


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