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Vintage Eveready Wallite

delta wallite ad 1931-1932 Vintage Eveready Wallites. Chances are we have all seen the oval Wallite by Eveready. They also had a couple more models and some had a raised rosette design on the lens, as you'll see in this gallery. They were also called... Eveready Hanging Portable Lights. The rectangular models are harder to find than the oval shaped.

On the right is NOT... an Eveready Wallite. It's a Delta wallite. Has Delta at the top and Marion, Indiana on the bottom. The only difference is, the Delta has a side switch, Eveready has the pull chain. The Delta looks like an Army green color. Now who came out with it first? View a closer look in the Show & Tell section

eveready wallite ad

Wallite Model 4758 was a three D-cell deluxe light with an intricate clockwork timer shut-off mechanism, (see below) also available ivory only with translucent rectangular glass lens. A short pull on the pull chain activated the timer, which shut the light off in about a minute. The light could be made to stay on continuously by inserting the slotted brass pendant between the metal beads of the chain, when withdrawn, the chain would be pulled upward, turning off the light. As with the 4757 model, this light may also have been sold in 1931. They sold $1.75 without batteries.

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In the early 1930's, a style of battery lamp known as a wall light became popular. Wiring in homes and buildings (those that had electricity) had many areas without power such as closets, stairwells, and porches. A battery powered light was a novel solution for dark areas. Eveready was the major manufacturer of wall lights (known as "Wireless Electric Wallite"), though several other companies produced them as well. Pifco made a stamped steel light in England, and a rectangular Bakelite light with a timer switch made by an unidentified manufacturer was sold in the US around that time. The Eveready Wallites were produced only in 1931 and 1932, and probably discontinued due to high manufacturing costs and the Depression.

Eveready made three models, all made of stamped steel with an white milk glass lens, and a pull chain on/off switch. The boxes were printed in three colors; black, red and blue. The box touted their usefulness. Ideal for use wherever occasional illumination is required.

Model 4756 was a two D-cell oval light produced in 1931-1932, available in a black or ivory finish with a brass trim ring and nickel plated trim ring. The milk glass lens was either smooth, or had an raised rosette design in the center. However, this light was first made and sold by Delta Electric of Marion, IN, in 1928. It was available in a brown finish, and marketed as a light for use in automobile interiors, either on the ceiling or side pillars. Presumably, Eveready purchased the tooling from Delta. The lights are identical, except that the Delta light used a slide switch while Eveready substituted a pull chain. And of course the wording on the brass trim ring was changed from Delta at the top and Marion, Indiana on the bottom to Eveready, and Made in U.S.A. They sold for $1.75 with batteries.

1931 Eveready Black Wallite
(raised rosette on lens)
1931 Eveready Black Wallite
(2 D Cell)
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1931 Eveready Wallite
Brass Trim
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1932 Eveready Wallite
Nickel Plated Trim
the timer
The Timer Mechanism
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1932 Eveready Gray Wallite
(3 D cells)
Timer Style
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1932 Eveready Wallite
(3 D Cells)
Timer Style
Working Wallite

 vintage eveready wallite

Model 4757 was a two D-cell rectangular light available in ivory only, with a ribbed translucent rectangular glass lens and no brass trim. It was catalogued in 1932, but may have been sold in 1931 as the box shows a 1931 copyright date. They sold for $1.25 without batteries.

Vintage Wallite Ad

wallite ad

This Eveready Wallite ad was in the 1934 dealer's catalog.

Wallite Colors-Trims

As far as I know the oval shaped wallites came in ivory, smooth black finish and a rough black look with brass trim. The ivory oval wallite next to the other ivory wallite with brass trim, has a nickel trim and it looks like nickel to me, and not painted. The rectangular models only came in ivory and no trim from what I was told. The rectangular model in the gallery to the left looks to have been painted a light gray a long time ago... or was it always this color? Somethings we'll never know. Unless we see it in a catalog, it's only other collectors opinions.