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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 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 and the two Marathon flashlights, (on the right) are from the 1920's. They could be a spin-off, Eveready was only sold by authorized dealers, they made American which were for sale other than authorized retailers. Maybe Best and Marathon 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 a Marathone. 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 two more hard to find USALite flashlights. This one is licensed by USALite with yet another brand name on the end cap... Marathone, along with the USALite name. Pat. date of Dec. 10th 1918 located on the switch. All three flashlights have the same Pat. date.

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

 USA LITE penlights

The 1940's - 1950's USALite penlights. 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.