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Beacon Electric Works, American  Search this
paint on metal with glass and leather
H x W x D: 4 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 1 7/8 in. (12.1 × 7 × 4.8 cm)
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Flashlight with a metal body, glass lens, and leather strap, to attach the light to a belt. The front of the flashlight has a circular glass bulb. On the back a leather strap is attached with a metal bracket screwed to the main body on both sides. The pebbled leather has two button holes and one metal snap button with the seal of the United States. Inscribed onto the back of the flashlight are two texts. Above the strap, [BEACON ARMY LIGHT / PAT. NOV. 13. 1917 / OTHER PAT. PENDING]. Below the strap, the text states, [MANUFACTURED BY / BEACON ELECTRIC WORKS / OF NATIONAL CARBON CO. INC. / NEW YORK, N.Y. U.S.A.]. On the top of the flashlight sits a metal square on a hinge. On the flashlights proper right, a metal tab switch is used to turn it on and off. The tin can be opened and on the inside of the tin, is the [REGISTERED / BEACON TRADEMARK], in a circle with the logo of a lighthouse with shinning beams and the sea. On the left of logo, the text reads, [USE / BEACON / ? 355 / BATTERY]. On the right of the logo, it reads, [USE / EDISON / MAZDA / 3.8 VOLT / BULB].
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alan Laird
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