Avenging a 1930s Lightolier Knock-Out

Like eight years ago I purchased a way cool 1930s light fixture by the fabulous Lightolier Company. It was in poor shape, so I took it apart to rewire, repaint, and refurbish.

And there it sat. Year after year after year.

On occasion I would pull out the box-o-parts from the storage shelf, look at the work needed to finish the restoration, sigh, and push the box back onto the shelf.

Year after year.

Yesterday I woke and thought: HOW long has that fabulous Lightolier been in storage?

The answer was too long.

Bad Ross. Baaaaaad Ross.

And, suddenly, I knew that the honor of the fabulous Lightolier needed to be avenged.

Now. That day.

It took till 2:o’clock this morning to get the fixture hung and lighted…and my heart burst out in song.

Wanna see?

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And I even had an original ad for the fixture!


I crawled into bed, exhausted, but delighted.

And Bad Ross was just a tiny bit…less bad.



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  1. Cindi M on July 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Gooood Ross!

  2. Sandra Lee on July 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Terrific Ross!!

  3. Jarrett L on July 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Amazing! I have had an old table lamp sitting around for way too long now. Though it’s not as fabulous as your fixture I’ve been meaning to restore the old thing.

  4. Doug on July 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    And you probably got up at 3:00 and started blogging.

  5. Pam S on July 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm


  6. Seth Hoffman on July 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Wow, that is a neat fixture, and even cooler that you have an original ad for it! I enjoy seeing the original context for things like that.

    I have to wonder if the use of the word “cheerful” was used more during the Great Depression? The room definitely looks austere, but attractively furnished.

    I also notice the pair of single beds. I wonder how many couples actually slept in separate beds? Perhaps it was more common in advertising than in life, to avoid the suggestion of intimate relationships in a public setting.

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