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Vintage USAlite Flashlights

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


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I added a new gallery of USALites to start off 2021 - brings the total to 13 pages in all. I now have over over 180 USALite items in my small, but growing - USALite Flashlight Museum. Which includes, flashlights, lanterns, penlights, pocket lights, paper ads, batteries, two battery testers, Zep-O-lite printer block, flashlight boxes, USALite letterhead and a couple of displays. This also includes one hard to find USALite bike light. Counting just lights of some kind, (flashlights, penlites, lanterns etc. is now over 150.

View Early USALite 3 Cell Battery Here »

This 3 cell battery has the same USALite logo as the battery tester, which I think might be the earliest USALite logo - early 1920's. The flashlight seen here has a pat. date of Dec. 1918 on the switch, which is the earliest pat. date I have found. They also had pat. dates of 1919. NOTE: Some experts I have talked with say, some flashlight Mfg. had early pat. dates to show they have been in business earlier than they really were. The battery is 7 inches long.


I have always wondered if USALite had any candle lights? Now I know they did with this rare find. Works off 2 C cell batteries, the lens is made of plastic, body is metal. Has USALite, pat pending printed on the bottom. Pick the candle up and it turns on, set it down to turn off. Stands 7 inches tall.

Very nice condidtion with no dents, scratches or rust. I'm thinking from the 1930's, maybe the early 40's. Took me years to find and well worth the waite!

What does a USALite letterhead look like? View Here »

Here we have a United States Electric MFG Corp. - USALite letterhead dated June 13 1952. Paper work for a repaired redhead case and lamp. Shows RH22, which would be the number in their catalog for the redhead model shown in the upper right conner of this letterhead. It also shows - no charge for the repair.

Please Note: I'm always looking for USALite flashlights I don't have, and other USALite items to add to my collection. Maybe you have something of interest? If so, please email me.

We'll start out with the USALite swivel-head flashlights. You will see six different swivel-heads in this gallery. I'm missing one that we just don't see come around. That's the solid green swivel head, with the black body. I have the one with the solid red head/black body shown below. So that means there's at least seven swivel-heads so far to be found. The Flashlight Musuem calls these, ceramic heads. I'm not so sure, as they feel like a hard plastic, just like the black swivel heads.


Not all the swivel heads came with the name plate, same goes for the ring hanger, some had'em and some didn't.

You'll also see a 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.

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.

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1945 Swivel Head Ad

USALite Swivel-Head