Eveready Flashlight - 2 Cell Black Rubber Safety Light with Slide Switch and Ring Hanger - Model No. 1259 (c. 1939)
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Eveready 2 Cell Black Rubber Safety Light with Slide Switch and Ring Hanger  
Eveready 2 Cell Black Rubber Safety Light with Slide Switch and Ring Hanger

Value: $25.00
Manufacturer: Eveready
Mfgr. Model #: 1259
Circa: 1939
Battery: 2D
Style: Safety

Online Since: 12/20/2005
FM Reference #: EV00609

  vercin carter
my dad just bought an old house and was cleaning out garage and found an old man's left over items. gave it to me as a collector of old tools. serial # 180433. where do you find the model #? anyway, very cool 1939 americana
Sep 24, 2012 - 6:38 PM
reference message sent-SN 143xxx. appears to be a No. 605. Approved by US Bureau of Mines. Still works great! Any collector value?
Mar 28, 2012 - 11:33 PM
just found one of these in my father-in-laws garage. It still works. The sxerial number is143xx. Any value???
Mar 28, 2012 - 11:29 PM
I found one in an old ships safe I cut open in slightly better shape. Batteries were not even corroded, red plate is mint...serial # 565920
Mar 26, 2011 - 6:29 AM
Mar 24, 2007 - 11:56 AM
  Frank D.
This 1939 "EVEREADY Industrial Flashlight" (Model 1259) was given to me by Joey, as we call him, on August 14, 2006. Joey was 64. It had belonged to his father. He knew I was fond of flashlights and gave it to me. I said I couldn't take it if it belonged to his "old man", as he put it. He said he was becoming an old man himself and to just take it. Joey is an avid collector of guns and knives.

Being manufactured in 1939 this flashlight marks the beginning of World War II when it began in Europe and ended in 1945. As the story goes, it was during World War II. Joey says his father, Gerard, was working for "Wallace & Teirnan" in Belleville, NJ or "Copper Works" in Newark, NJ making copper shell casings for the war effort. Thus he never had to join the service, unlike his three brothers. The stamping noise of the machine caused deafness in his right ear, to which he was never compensated.

This was actually a flashlight used by a public service man. The public service man accidently dropped it in a open container of oil, and refused to retrieve it. So he just left it there. Gerard fished the light out and cleaned it up. Obviously did a fine job as I can't find a trace of oil on it. Oil must not stick well on hard rubber.

It may have been mass produced for public service men, and could explain the absence of the red "Underwriters Lab" plate. Must have been ommited for electrical safety. There are no rivit holes indicating the flashlight had a plate.

No explanation as to why part of the head has a splitting crack, other than age. It is unknown if Gerard replaced the bulb, but it shows no sign of age. It is still operational on two D-cells and has a nice glass lens. Gives off a tight beam with a very wide spill beam. Thus living up to the name, "EVEREADY".
Aug 16, 2006 - 8:43 AM

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