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Vintage USAlite Flashlights

USA LITE logo U.S. Electric Mfg. Corp. (1920-1960's)

USALITE Redhead flashlights There's at least 15 different models/versions of the USAlite Redhead flashlights that I know of. Make that 16, counting the redhead with the Gamble's flat end cap. I've only seen two of these with that end cap. More info in the Show & Tell section.

Starting with the first one on the left, is version #2, then version #2 again, but, a hard to find version #2. Notice is says... Atlas on the name plate, not USALite. Atlas sold tires, batteries and accessories, to service stations and oil companies back in the 40's. It has USALite redhead printed on the end cap. First one I have ever seen. So I had to have it for my collection. Then we have version #3, and the hard to find, Junior redhead, motorist's safety flashlight on the far right. There's 3 things that makes this one real different from the others. It has an anodized gold colored body, uses 2 C cell batteries, and instead of the stand, it has a... belt clip on the back. More info on Junior, in the Show & Tell section. Look for the caption... Is That You Junior.

USAlite Redhead flashlights

On top is version #7 and has the flat end cap dated 2-13-23. Redhead is not printed on the end cap. The Flashlight Museum shows the same end cap on version #7. Below that one is the Phillips 66 redhead with the Phillips 66 logo on the end cap. You can see the Phillips 66 in the Show & Tell section to see the end cap close up. Also shown with it... is the flat end cap with the Phillips 66 logo. Which now means, there's two models of the Phillips 66 redhead.


The redhead seen here is just like the one in the ad shown below. It's the Safety Flare redhead flashlight, with the bullet end cap and stand. Has made in the United States of American printed on the end cap. To find one without any dents on the end cap, that's the hard part.


I saw another redhead in a 1942 Genuine Chevrolet Accessory Catalog, this one was a focusing flashlight that looks just like the redhead model, but, without the stand and has the GM logo printed on the end cap. GM also had the redhead with the stand and the GM logo on the end cap, both made by USAlite. USAlite also made the redhead for Phillips 66 Gas Stations with the Phillips 66 logo on the end cap.

Wait, there's more! USAlite also had another model of the redhead with and without the stand, that was different from all the other redheads. Take a look in the next gallery of USAlites.

NOTE: USAlite flashlight and battery ads. USAlite Redhead collectors will want to see this? View Here

usalite If you're a fan of the USAlite swivel heads, you might want to read an interesting article about the on going debate as being a GM accessory in the Collectors Corner. You'll also see a rare, hard to find green swivel-head below, with the box, which is really rare to find. The box shows the black swivel-head with the chrome end cap, same as the black/gray box. Maybe they used only the black swivel-head with the chrome end cap, pictured on the boxes for the swivel-head flashlights.

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1945 Swivel Head Ad


There's at least seven models of the USALite swivel head that I know of. You can see six shown below including the hard to find red ceramic redhead. They also had a green ceramic swivel head, (number 7) which I have only seen once! The ceramic heads are the hardest to find.

Bulbs & Batteries

Bulbs and Batteries
1950's Battery

USALite Battery