The wondrous Karmi has found a huge stash of round utility lights on ebay for $9 each. They look to be pretty good matches to the Progress “Circlines” from my 1961 Progress catalog.
Remember these Sophisticates and Mardi Gras?
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Our series on lights spotted by Jimmy continues:
Also, I don’t know how much your site goes into the late 60s/70s, but these globe lights they sell are just too good to not be mentioned! If you go into the indoor decorative section of the catalog, page 7A has a whole listing of hanging globes, ellipses, even cubes! And my favorite part is that they even have that funky smoked glass with chrome stem that personally reminds me of a 70s ski resort I go to every winter. Also, (I know I’m rambling, sorry!) check out page 15 for clusters of hanging globes, and pages 35 and 41 of the outdoor section for the post and wall versions of the globes.
Tikimama liked these, too, adding in comment when Jimmy and the first batch of light were introduced:
Wow! Great resource…and from such a youngun’! It’s definitely worth taking a look at the whole catalog (although Jimmy’s right – their website is truly dated!). I thought there were a lot of indoor fixtures that had a very mod vibe, but even more exiting were the outdoor fixtures! I’ve had a hard time finding anything I like for the outside of our home, but here there are lots of clean-lined options. Even dark-sky friendly lights (something very important where I currently live near Joshua Tree National Park, but also something relatively easy we could all do to lessen light pollution).
There are powder-coated color options – lots! – even pink!!!
Lisa in Yucca Valley (but in Upland as of next week!) CA
Powder-coated Pink outdoor lights – my heart be still! Thanks, Jimmy! Thanks, Lisa!
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As follow up to my post yesterday – with a round up of all the laminates for bathroom counters that are on my radar today – I also recently found this great little history of laminate in the 1950s, from Wilsonart. 2011 update, Wilsonart has taken story down, but here are a few highlights:
- Laminate was so popular in the 50s, that a chrome-and-metal dinette cost four-times more than a wood dinette.
- Plastic laminate was desirable for its impermeability – easy to clean up.
- Another reason for the bright, exuberant colors of the 50s: Colors were rationed in the 40s during the war, when the color du jour was battleship gray.
- Speckled laminate — also known as lame’ — was made with real glitter, which was invented in the 30s.
- Marble and wood-grain were popular – with many choices still available today.
I am very excited about my latest vintage marketing material – a large catalog from Progress lighting dated December 1961.
The catalog is about equally split between retro groovy… southwestern style “Rancher”…colonial Americana… and viva Las Vegas, which is something that we have not dived into too much on this blog so far — but I feel an itch coming on!
Reading through I’ve learned that these lights were not called “retractable” — which is the term that I have been using. Rather, they were simply called “pull downs”.
And the copywriting from the Progress catalog is very fun:
Pull-downs in refreshing variety, with matching ceiling pieces and other coordinates… In this section, smartly sophisticated metal; nonchalance and warmth of wood in both walnut “slats” and “matchsticks”; “Ranchers”, large-scale and handsome as the Southwestrn originals; authentic charming and heart-warming are the “Early Americans”… Light moves from its age-old stationary position and becomes a faithful service of satisfying mobility, ease and luxury….
Today, I’ve featured two of the more modern lines: (1) The Sophisticates, and (2) Mardis Gras. I also have the price list, and it looks like the largest pull downs sold for $35-$40 at the end of 1961. Today, these can still be found on ebay, in many varieties. If you’re lucky, you can get a great price for a very mint fixture, but sometimes the bidding gets going on a desirable piece. In general – I predict these will continue to get hotter and hotter in the marketplace.
PRECAUTIONARY PAM REMINDS:
I have been told that pull-down lighting is no longer to code; please get with your own properly licensed professional to assess the situation and what you are working with so that you can make informed decisions. And, in any old fixture, also get with a pro to check the wiring and any other safety/environmental issues.
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