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Introduction To GotaLight.net

Welcome to GotaLight.net... The show case for Flame & Shine Collectibles. In the Shine department, you'll see some antique and vintage flashlights, vest pocket lights, some vintage battery operated lanterns, a few battery operated lights, (not flashlights) and other type of lights. You'll also find some interesting information and see some rare, and hard to find flashlights located within this website. Maybe even a few vintage lighters you never seen.

In the Flame department, I'll be showing some of my vintage lighters like, pocket lighters, table lighters and others. My favorites are a nice collection of vintage cigarette and cigar, electric table lighters and some vintage tobacciana accessories.

I'll be showing these collections in different galleries for your viewing pleasure, with information on the flashlights and lanterns. You'll be able to see many different vintage flashlights, vintage lanterns, vintage table candle lights and some special vintage flashlights, only seen here!

Vintage flashlight or lantern not working? Need a special battery pack? We're proud to say... We have a connection for antique/vintage flashlights and old battery operated lanterns, that needs some kind of work to light up again! Check out the Flashlight Repairs Section.

vintage flashlight

Vintage Flashlights

I started collecting vintage flashlights about 10 years ago. I now have over 550 vintage flashlights, penlights, vest pocket lights, lanterns, candle lights and other battery operated lights. I'm only showing some of my better and more interesting, vintage flashlights and vintage lighters. Maybe some day when I have nothing else to do, I'll have them all on here and more! Good, Bad, and Ugly.

Chances are you'll see a few you've never seen before some where on this website. I hope to keep adding to my collection, I think? I'll be going to yards sales, estate sales, auctions and flea markets in search of that one great find. When all else fails, there's always eBay. The Hunt Continues....

Dad's Electric Lantern

Vintage Lanterns

Dad's Factories Electric Lantern, (see it shine in the lantern section) is just one of over 50 battery operated lanterns in my collection, and I have a few small emergency lights as well. Some of the lanterns have the red flasher which blinks, and puts on a nice light show when they all start blinking. One thing for sure, they take up a lot of space. I also have a few candle type table lights, which isn't a lantern or flashlight, but, still part of the vintage battery operated flashlight family in my collection.

vintage lighter

Vintage Lighters

I'm back to collecting vintage lighters! I started collecting back in the early 70's and continued in the 80's and 90's, as an active collector. I know I have a few hundred vintage lighters and accessiores to go with'em. Most are still in storage at a friends place, and... he will be shipping me some more lighters soon! I'll be showing my lighters in different categories such as vintage pocket lighters, vintage table lighters, vintage electric cigarette - cigar lighters and some other lighter galleries.

  1. Gotalight.net NEWS & UPDATES

    ATTENTION: Flashlight Collectors of America... 2018 Flashlight Reunion/Convention coming May 18, 2018 in Tustin, Ca. Email me for more information if interested on who to contact.

    I've updated the Vintage Lighters Section! I have added two more galleries of lighters and added a few more lighters in the other gallieres. If you collect Electric cigar/cigarette lighters that plugs in to a wall outlet, table or hanging lamps, be sure to check'em out. I have around 40 of these type of lighters to share with you!

    Something collectors dream about. From the early 1900's... Not one, but two! Made by Eveready, and has a rarity of 10. Hard to find one in any condition. You can see them now in the Show & Tell Section.

    Another rare find for another USALite that most of us have never seen before! USALite galley #4 is on the site. View Here

    What's next for the USALite section? USALite flashlights and battery ads. View Here Also show here is another line of the redhead model?

    Most of us have seen all of the USALite Redhead Flashlights... or have you? I just added a couple you may have not seen before? View Here to see for yourself with more information on these two hard to find redheads.

    ATTENTION USALite collectors! What could be a rare flashlight find and some interesting news about US Electric Mfg. Corp. Did they at one time make flashlights under a different brand name? More info in USALite gallery #3. Also a look at the USALite Zep-O-Lite. This Way

    1930's Eveready Wallites. Did you know they made other models besides the oval shaped? Take A Look

    Is the USA Lite swivel heads a true GM accessory as some collectors claim? Read about the on going debate in the Collectors Corner. We have some interesting facts and ideas from other flashlight collectors and GM collectors as well. I asked that question by email and here's some that shared their ideas. Worth your time.

    WARNING: This website changes without notice!
    That's all for now folks! Happy Hunting!
    May your volts be strong and your lights shine on!

The Name Flashlight

The term Flashlight comes from the limitations of the early batteries and bulbs. The first zinc dry-cells were very expensive and had a very low capacity, and the early carbon filament bulbs drew so much power, that the first battery powered torches could not sustain long periods of continuous light. To ensure those pricey batteries lasted as long as possible, users would just flash the light on and off for brief periods to see enough to get by, and this is where the name Flashlight actually originates.

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett

1959 Glow in the dark Davy Crockett Flip Light with blue and red switch made by Flippo Mgf. Co. Works of one AAA battery. (value $35). The Flip Lights still glows in the dark.

The 1950's Davy Crockett Tin Lithograph flashlight uses 1 AA battery and was made by BMG. (value $25)

Table Light


1950's or 60's table light. Stands 8 inches tall and runs off 2 C cell batteries. May have been used in restaurants as a waiter's light like the salt & pepper shakers with lights in the Show & Tell section. Not a flashlight, not a lantern or a candle light, but still in the battery operated lights family.

Vintage Bond-Olin Ad

Bond flashlight add

jetlite flashlight

1940's Celluoid Jet Lite Airline key chain flashlight, from the Charmore Company, which was a division of Louis Marx and Co. This is a rare Aviation toy flashlight. It measures 2 3/4 inches x 5 inches. It used a N type battery. Has Jet on one wing and Lite on the other.