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Vintage Flashlights

1930's Burgess flashlight ad showing the Burgess flashlight, (the first flashlight in the group of 3) with the black body and the curved watch like lens shown below.

Here's some interesting facts about three different flashlight companies. After doing some research on the May "Baby" torch, I was told that they came with a 9 sided lens and a smooth lens. Could be one way to tell when each one was made. They also had two different style of bodies/cases. One has a scroll design with a smooth body, the other one has a ribbed body and no scroll design. I also found out that May only made the adapter, head and end cap. Blake could have made the bodies/cases which are almost identical to Rayovac, which were also made by Blake, or did Rayovac made the bodies?

red seal

Here's a brand name I never heard of. Made by Red Seal. Has a pat. date of 11-4-24 on the end and made in the USA. Dome lens and Bakelite body. The blue dot bulb base is marked... Kwik-Lite 2.5v (check your bulbs!) Works off 2 D cells.

On the left is the big brother of the May family flashlights/Torch. This one is the 3 cell model, with a black body. Ring hanger on end cap. Has May Lluminating Torch also on the end. The two May Baby lights below are C cells.

All you need to do now is move your mouse pointer over a flashlight to view an enlarged photo with a short description on each flashlight.

1950's Hipco

Hipco Flashlight

Hipco was known for making cheap pressed tin flashlights with nice lithographs for kids. A real survivor! Red reflector on end cap. Works off 3 D cell batteries.