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Introduction To GotaLight.net Show Case


Welcome to GotaLight.net... The show case for Flame & Shine Collectibles presenting vintage flashlights, vintage battery operated lanterns and a few vintage cigarette lighters. You'll also find some interesting information and see some rare vintage flashlights located with in this website. I'll be showing these collections in different galleries for your viewing pleasure with information on the flashlights and lanterns. You'll be able to see over 230 vintage flashlights, vintage lanterns and different kinds of vintage emergency flashers and some special vintage flashlights only seen here!

Vintage flashlight not working? Need a special battery pack? We now have a connection for vintage flashlights and old battery operated lanterns that needs some work to light up again! Check out the Flashlight Repairs Section.

vintage flashlight

- Vintage Flashlights -

I started collecting vintage flashlights a few years ago and I have over 300 old flashlights. I'm only showing some of my better and most interesting vintage flashlights. Some of the flashlights I got when I first started collecting are nothing special, just got me started so I will not be showing those.

Chances are you'll see one or two you've never seen before some where on this website. I hope to keep adding to my collection as I'll be going to yards sales, estate sales and flea markets in search of that one great find. When all else fails, there's always eBay. The Hunt Continues....

justrite road flare

- Vintage Lanterns -

I have over 50 battery operated lanterns in my collection and a few small emergency lights. Most of my lanterns have the red flasher which blinks on and off. Some use a 6 volt battery and the others use either D or C cell batteries. One thing for sure, they take up a lot of space and they put on a nice little light show when they all start blinking. I also have a few candle type lights, which isn't a lantern or flashlight but, still part of the vintage flashlight family in my collection.



vintage lighter

- Vintage Cigarette Lighters -

I used to collect Old Cigarette Lighters way before I started collecting vintage flashlights. You can view some my collection which I started collecting back in the early 70's and continued in the 80's and 90's as an active collector. I know I have hundreds of old lighters and just don't remember the total count but I'm thinking somewhere between 600-700, could be more as I still have most of my lighters packed away in storage at a friends place. I'll be showing my old lighters in four categories such as old pocket lighters, table top lighters and a few old cigarette case lighters.

  1.   Web Site News & Updates

    Coming Soon! A rare and hard to find original... Dad's Factories Electric Lantern in good working condition.

    Is the USA Lite swivel heads a true GM accessory? Read about the on going debate in the Collectors Corner. Find out who made the flashlights and was it a GM accessory? We have some interesting facts and ideas from other flashlight collectors, and GM collectors as well. I asked that question by email and here's the ones that shared their ideas. Worth your time.

    Gotalight.net is excited to say... We now have a very rare and hard to find vintage flashlight in our Show & Tell section that you will want to check out. Also check out the 1916 vintage flashlight with a hinged spring that's not located in the end cap! You just don't see these every day. Also located in this section is a rare USA Lite and maybe even rarer than the hinged flashlight.

    Things you might not know about the 3 in 1 flashlights, (3 bulbs/3 way switch). How many 3 in 1 flashlights are there? This will surprise you! Now you can see them all in one place! Interesting article by Steve Giterman. View Here

    WARNING: This website changes without notice!
    That's all for now folks! Happy Hunting!

The Name Flashlight

The term Flashlight comes from the limitations of the early batteries and bulbs. The first zinc dry-cells were very expensive and had a very low capacity, and the early carbon filament bulbs drew so much power, that the first battery powered torches could not sustain long periods of continuous light. To ensure those pricey batteries lasted as long as possible, users would just flash the light on and off for brief periods to see enough to get by, and this is where the name Flashlight actually originates.

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett

1959 Glow in the dark Davy Crockett Flip Light with blue switch made by Flippo Mgf. Co. The Davy Crockett Tin Lithograph flashlight on the right uses 1 AA battery and was made by BMG. The Burgess AAA battery came in the Flip Light. (I call that a Bonus Fine!) The Flip Light still glows in the dark.

First Cigarette Lighter

The first lighters were invented in the 16th century and were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder. One of the first lighters was invented by a German Chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823 and was often called Döbereiner’s Lamp. This lighter worked by a reaction of hydrogen to platinum sponge, which gave off a great amount of heat. The device was very large and highly dangerous and fell out of production by the end of the 19th century.

The patenting of Ferrocerium (often misidentified as flint) by Carl Auer von Welsbach in 1903 has made modern lighters possible. When scratched, it produces a large spark which is responsible for lighting the fuel of many lighters, and is suitably inexpensive for use in disposable items.
(Source - Wikipedia)

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