April 21, 2024

Vintage Lamp Advertisements

Trade publications of the day like Giftwares, Gift and Art Buyer and Lamp Journal were chock-full of advertisements for lamps, shades, accessories and assorted pottery, and I thought it might be fun to share some of them. I’ve included other printed material as well, such as postcards and manufacturers catalog pages. All sorts of mid-century designs are present, but there is a surprising absence of TV lamp references, which is no doubt due to their being extremely low-profit items. In contrast to table lamps, TV lamp production was high, and the competetive price bracket made profits on their sale minimal at best. The ads shown are from publications dating from 1945 to 1959.