Aladdin Lamp History

4 ……………….. September 1912August 1913

7 ……………….. August 1917July 1919

Victor Johnson (882-1943) founded the Mantle Lamp Company of America in Chicago in 1908 and imported the Practicus incandescent burner from Germany. He obtained the Aladdin trademark in 1908 and sold the first model of the American-made Aladdin lamp in 1909. In 1926 Johnson bought the Lippincott Glass factory in Alexandria, Indiana to make glass lamps, chimneys and shades, changing the name to Aladdin Industries.

The Mantle Lamp Company ofAmericawas originally organized to import and sell foreign-made kerosene burners and mantles for American-made lamps. The Aladdin lamp became the ultimate development in incandescent kerosene lighting and the company soon became known around the globe for its famous lamp. The company was a major exporter of lamps, and other products by the 1950s. Aladdin Industries Inc. sold goods in more than 125 countries through Aladdin Consumer Products (thermos wares, lunch boxes, heaters and lamps), Aladdin Electronics, and Aladdin Synergetics (Institutional food service systems).

Beginning in the early 1900s companies in the United States recognized the tremendous advantage of these improved lights. The Aladdin lamp became the world-wide leader in non-pressure incandescent lamps during the next 50 years.

Brazil Glass and aluminum lamps, and some burners, were made inBrazilforSouth Americaand export to theUSAin the 1970s.

Standard glass lamp chimneys& Kosmos chimneys

A ………………. May 1932December 1932


C ………………. October 1955April 1963

8 ……………….. August 1919August 1920

B……………….. February 1933September 1955

3 ……………….. January 1911August 1912

12 ……………… May 1928April 1935

2 ……………….. September 1910December 1910

England Sales were established inEnglandin 1919, importing directly from theUSA. Manufacturing of the following models began there in 1933:

Registered Design Numbers For British Lamps

5 ……………….. September 1913August 1914

Alphabetical list of most kerosene heaters and the proper wick,& cart checkout.

The model of each lamp is designated on the wick raising knob (except Models 1-4). Models changed as improvements were made due to new patents, or changes in the operating mechanism. Many of the models look very similar in outer appearance. Some parts are interchangeable while many are not.

Lamp Chimneys- Dimension of nominal base diameter by make, model and line.

Student Lamp Sans Rival Chimney with 1 7/8 fitter!!!

Excerpts from 1930s advertising brochures-

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1 ……………….. May 1909August 1910

2500 BTUs of heat per hour. The Aladdin lamp emits 60 candlepower of white light-No pumping-No noise-No smoke-No odor-No Danger.

Links to web sitesfor parts, information and restoration.

(Photos, information and history, etc)

21C …………… May 1963December 1969

Aladdin Kerosene Lamps Sold in theUSAfrom 1909 to Present

The Aladdin Mantle Lamp is one of the greatest and most practical inventions of the century. It is an outstanding achievement of science in connection with artificial lighting. It has gone a long, long way toward solving the lighting problem for rural homes, with its abundance of soft, mellow, modern, white light. Aladdin light makes evening reading, writing or sewing a pleasure.

Agents were recruited to sell lamps throughout the country and farm land. They demonstrated the Aladdin and often left the lamp in the home for an overnight trial. The agent arranged for local merchants to stock supplies. In 1928 the company turned solely to franchise dealers-some 15,000 in the early 1930s. The company advertised extensively in newspapers and through radio.

Dr. Auer von Welsbach, 1858-1929, an Austrian chemist, invented the incandescent gas mantle in 1885, a huge improvement in the history of artificial lighting. The early technology of adapting the mantle to oil lamps was developed in Germany.

11 ……………… September 1922May 1928

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Sales were established in 1923 with burners and lamps imported from theUSAand laterUK. Unique Bakelite lamp bodies were made inAustraliaduring the 1940s and 1950s

Today AladdinUKimports lamps and burners fromHong Kong.

6 ……………….. September 1914July 1917

Smilin Ed McConnell was so popular that he became the Aladdin lamp man. In 1949 the company moved their central office from Chicago to Nashville, Tennessee, the home of Aladdin Industries today. Aladdin lamps were made in the USA until 1963, after which brass lamps were imported from England. Only the glass lamps continued to be made in the USA. Since 1977 the Aladdin burners have been manufactured in Hong Kong while the fonts are made in the USA and England. Chimneys, wicks and mantles are made in other countries today.

Photos of restored center draft lamps

The Aladdin lamp is the only lamp of this type manufactured today. An Aladdin lamp ready to light in case of emergency power outage provides much comfort in the household that plans ahead.

Fabulous Sans Rival borosilicate chimney for 14 Kosmos lamps

The early lamps (Models 1 through 12) were made primarily of brass and nickel plated. Models 1-12 are center-draft lamps. Subsequent models use side draft burners which cannot be used in the earlier lamps. The side-draft burner permitted the company to make glass fonts and beginning in the 1930s glass lamps were made in many attractive colors and patterns.

Watson hardware store, Golconda, Illinois, 1937. Very Brief History Colorful Short Lincoln Drape Aladdin lamps are available from the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company today. Wireless Worlds Finest Non-Electric Lamp Indeed! The Aladdin lamp was developed through application of scientific principles:

The principle of the Aladdin burner is to produce a blue flame (virtually 100 % combustion) for maximum heat output. This heat causes the mantle in incandesce due to its unique chemical composition and properties. The Aladdin emits approximately

Ami Argand, 1750-1803, invented the principle of center draft whereby air is provided inside a tubular wick to the flame of a lamp. Argands air lamps became known as Argand lamps, which he first patented in England in 1784.

Center Draft Lamp chimneysin borosilicate glassfrom Junior Tiny to Mammoth lamps.0M,Rayo Jr.,2 1/2,2 5/8,2 15/16,3 1/8,4,4 1/2

List by wick number and the heaters that fit them.(A helpful guide for buying on eBay)

Wicks for virtually every heater, stove and lamp made since 1850

The Aladdin is simple-anyone can operate it. It lights and is put out just like the ordinary kerosene wick lamp. It costs very little to operate. It burns common kerosene (coal oil). The average consumption is a single gallon to 50 hours of service. It is safe-cannot explode. Today over 7,000,000 persons enjoy the blessings and comfort of the Aladdin lamp.

23 ……………… December 1969Present

In 1999 Aladdin Industries sold the lamp division to collector/investors who named their company Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company, located in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Aladdins have been made as table lamps, hanging lamps, floor lamps, wall or bracket lamps and later, caboose lamps. The company designed their lamps to use in most any indoor location.

Globe Vulcan (Central Vulcan) Chimneys- 16,18,24&30CHIMNEYS AND WICKS

10 ……………… May 1921August 1922


Aladdin lamps were manufactured in England,AustraliaandBrazil:

9 ……………….. August 1920August 1922

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