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vintage flashlights

Welcome to GotaLight.net... The show case for Flame & Shine Collectibles.

In the Shine department, you'll see a few antique flashlights, vintage flashlights, vest pocket lights, some vintage battery operated lanterns, a few battery operated lights, nite lights/desk lights, like you see here. Which is German made from the mid-teens-early 20's. You'll also find some interesting information and see some rare, and hard to find vintage 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 my newest section of 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

Vintage Flashlights

I started getting serious about collecting vintage flashlights about 12-13 years ago. During that time, my collection went from about 30 or so, to over 600 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. 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....


Vintage Lanterns

I have two galleries of vintage lanterns to share with you, big and small. Different colors and different shapes. I also have a few candle type lanterns and a few small table nite lights, which some also call lanterns.

Some of these lanterns run off C and D cell batteries, some use the big 6v battery, and a few, I had to have special made. These take up a lot of room, (and collect more dust) so I don't really collect them any more. But, sometimes you see that special one, and you have to get it. Does it really ever end?

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 accessories to go with'em. Some are still in storage.

  1. Gotalight.net NEWS & UPDATES

    What's next for the USALite section? This section of the website has grown to 13 pages of USALite flashlights, and other USALite items. As you will see, this is my main brand of collecting flashlights!

    Our friend Steve Giterman, has a special report on his Burgess Display collection to share with us. Take a Look

    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 a wall outlet, or hanging lamps, be sure to check'em out. I have over 60 of these type of lighters to share with you!

    Stop by the Show & Tell section for rare, and hard to find flashlights, table lights and more! I just posted one that 99.9% of us, have never seen? 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.

    1930's Eveready Wallites. Did you know they made other models besides the oval shaped? Did you also know, that another company had the same one? 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.

Flashlight Not Working?

Vintage flashlight or lantern not working? Need a special battery? Steve just might be able to get these antique/vintage flashlights and old battery operated lanterns working again, that needs some kind of work to light up again, or make that special battery you need! Check out the Flashlight Repairs Section.

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.