1960s Lighting Outfits

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Here's a typical parallel wired outfit from the Ringalite company, which was a brand name offered by the LECO Electric Manufacturing Company. The set sold for $1.00 before Christmas, and has been marked down to 65 cents for an after Christmas sale. The LECO company made very high quality lighting outfits in their own factories, and proudly offered Westinghouse lamps for many years before being forced by high costs to finally include imported lamps in their sets.

 

This 1963 advertisement from General Electric touts their new 100% made in America Christmas lighting outfits. With the huge NOMA Corporation and other Christmas lighting manufacturers struggling financially due to increased importing of light sets, GE decided to "make their move" so to speak. Although the ad says that this is GE's first offering of Christmas lights, the Company is known to have produced Christmas lighting outfits in the very early 1900s.

 

This outfit is from 1962, and was imported from Italy by the Kurt S. Adler Company, who is still in business today. Made to resemble old fashioned lanterns, this set is particularly pretty when lit. Chris cuff shares this set with us from his collection, and reports that the AC cord is still stapled inside the box-the set has not been used since it was made in 1962!

 

Amazingly, this unbranded set of Italian lights instructs the user that the permanently-wired lamps are easily replaceable, by simply cutting out the bad lamp and splicing in a new one! The set is not UL listed for obvious reasons... From the collection of Chris Cuff.

 

Also from Chris Cuff's collection, here is another of the myriad novelty outfits available from Italy in the 1960s. This outfit is a 10 light set of jeweled, elongated diamond shaped lights from 1962.

 

Here is a set of jeweled eggs from Chris' collection, also from Italy. The set is circa 1962.

 

This interesting C-7 outfit from Peerless has been kindly shared with us from the collection of Scott Sutter. The set is special because it can easily be dated, as it belonged to Scott's father's aunt, who worked in the Peerless factory for many years. She brought home the outfit from the final production run the last year the Company was in business- 1968.

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