Shine On: Fostoria Task Lamp, ca. 1940s

My heart has opened widely to the industrial mecca that is…the factory lamp.

War-weary, sturdy and reliable, these industrial lighting solutions clamped to desks and were bolted to walls for decades. The jointed, sectioned arms made for easy spotlighting of a specific workspace while also being able to be pushed away to cast an overall glow.

Fostoria is one of my favorite manufacturers. No, they’re not the most expensive task light, nor the most collectible, but their maneuverability and patented flick-down toggle switch design (rather than a press down or a turn version) really set them apart.

Pictured is a well used, gray steel, factory version which includes a retrofitted magnifying glass.

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