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Vintage USALite Flashlights #3


USA LITE logo The flashlight at the top of this page is 21 inches long and works off 8 D cell batteries. The longest flashlight made by USALite.

USA Lite Zep-O-Lite

Featuring the rare and hard to find... 1936 3 D cell USALite Zep-O-Lite flashlight. They also came in a 2 & 5 cell model. This flashlight was inspired by the famous Zeppelin flying machines. A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship named after the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. These may be one of the rarest and hardest to find of all the USALite flashlights. The photo on the right is the end cap on the flashlight.

The photo of the Zep-O-Lite which was in a catalog, was taken from Stuart Schneider's book, "Collecting Flashlights" with his permission. Thank You Stuart! You can find his website on our Resource page.

Side Note... The Zep-O-Lite only lasted a couple of years. Scovill claimed... Infringed rights. "Zephyrlite", the other trademark involved herein, is concededly a good trademark for flashlights, and was certainly infringed by the defendant's sale of flashlights marked "Zep-o-lite" (U.S. Electric Mfg, Corp) and in the circulars issued by defendant and used by it, as I find, with Mr. Hyman's knowledge notably at an Automotive Accessory Show in Chicago on February 13-17, 1937.

USALite BEST Flashlight

ATTENTION USALite collectors! Here's some interesting history about USA Electric MGF. CORP. I asked a couple of collectors what they thought and came up with the following.

They either made flashlights under a different brand name or made flashlights for another company. The BEST flashlight is from the 1920's. It could be a spin-off, Eveready was only sold by authorized dealers, they made American which were essentially bone identical for sale other than authorized retailers. Maybe Best was the USALite version of the American flashlight. On the other hand, the name Eveready does not appear on an American light, so why put USALite on a Best. Or, maybe this was a line made for a retailer, like Blake made Homart only sold by Sears, but, Blank's name is not on the flashlight. To Be Continued...

UPDATE: I have another rare and hard to find USALite flashlight... in the Show & Tell Section. This one is licensed by USALite with yet another brand name on the end cap, along with the USALite name. Pat. date of 1918 located on the switch. Does this mean they were making flashlights before 1920? Maybe safer to say, this was their first switch design.

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.

USALite Penlights

 USA LITE penlights

The 1940's chrome penlight has a thumb switch for on and off. You need to keep it pressed to stay on. The other chrome light has a push top lock button switch for on and off. The brass penlight has a push top lock to turn on and off. The black/silver art deco penlight also has a push top lock to turn on and off. I think the top locks penlights are from the 1950's. All use 2 AA batteries.

USALite Battery Tester

 USA LITE penlights

1930's-1940's USALite #75 tin advertising sign battery/bulb tester. By the bulb holder, Inset 1.25 lamp. The bottom label reads, United States Electric MFG. Corp. New York - Chicago. The cost of the battery was 10 cents.