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An immigrant from Odessa, Russia by the name of Isadore (Israel) Koretzky, the founding father of Bright Star, arrived at Ellis Island some time prior to 1909 and shortly thereafter obtained a job with the Manhattan Electric Company, a manufacturer of dry cell batteries. Their battery products were marketed under the trade name, Red Seal. In his spare time Isadore developed some battery improvements in the basement of the tenement house in which he lived on Brite Street in New York City. As was not uncommon in that era he decided to break away from his employer and founded his own battery making operation in 1909.

Koretzky fabricated the name of his company from a combination of the name of his street and a saying that his batteries produced a light like a star from heaven. Therefore he named the company, The Bright Star Battery Company. Legend has it that he would manufacture a batch of batteries one night, test them the next night, cull out the bad ones, then the third night put the good ones in a push cart and sell them to the shop keepers in the area of his small basement factory.

Bright Star pioneered the high impact injection molded flashlight in the late 1930s, played a prominent role in the creation of the MX type military flashlight and spearheaded the development of standards for explosion proof handheld lighting products. During World War I and World War II the company enjoyed a large volume of government business in both flashlights and batteries. After World War II Bright Star expanded its flashlight business to become a worldwide leader in the production of industrial flashlights and lanterns. Over the same period, its battery business continued to grow, as Bright Star became a full-line supplier of high-quality carbon-zinc industrial batteries.

In recognition of Bright Stars accomplishments in the area of export, it has received the U.S. Department of Commerces highest award for export excellence by American companies. In 1961, the President of the United States created the E award to afford recognition to companies that contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. In 1974 Bright Star received the E award and in 1986 it received the E Star award for continuing export excellence.

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Photo Description Model # Circa
Nickel Plated Brass Vest Pocket Light 1915
2 Cell Vulcanite Baby Light with 3 Rivet Slide and Flash Button Switch 1918
2 Cell Vulcanite Light with Serrated Ends and 3 Rivet Slide and Flash Button Switch 1918
2 Cell Ribbed Vulcanite Miners Light with Nickel Plated Ends & 3 Rivet Slide and Flash Button Switch 1922
2 Cell Vulcanite Light with Nickel plated Ends and Slide and Flash Button Switch 1927
2 Cell Ribbed Vulcanite Light with Nickel Plated Ends, Ring Hanger and Slide Switch 1929
3 Cell Black Miners Light with Nickel Plated Ends and Flash Lock Switch 1929
Red/Nickel "DentaLite" with Slide Switch on End 1930
2 Cell Chrome, Black and Silver 57 1932
2 Cell "USN" Black/Nickel Plated Ends Flashlight with Ring Hanger, Bullseye Lens and 3 Rivet Slide and Flash Button Switch 1935
2 Cell Black Plastic Bullet with Side Switch and Red Lens Cap 1618 1940
3 Cell Black Plastic with Red Cap 1624 1940
2 Cell Red Plastic Bullet with Side Switch 1939 1940
2 Cell Chrome Double Switch with Ring Hanger and Roll Stop Head 516H 1940
2 Cell Olive Drab Right Angle Light TL-122-D 1944
Metal Pen Light with Top Lock Switch 1945
2 Cell Copper with Slide Switch 58 1945
2 Cell Black Plastic "Switch Guard" with Slide Switch 1618 1950
2 Cell Green/Red Right Angle Light with Girl Scout Logo 1955
2 Cell Chrome with Slide Switch, Brass Flasher Button, Ring Hanger 516 1955
2 Cell Dark Green Right Angle Light with Spare Bulb in Tailcap, Belt Clip & Ring Hanger MX-991/U 1955
2 Cell Black Plastic "Duo Flex" Light with Ring Hanger, Slide and Flash Button Switch and Beacon Lig 1960
2 Cell Black Plastic Right Angle with Slide Switch and Belt Clip 1960
2 Cell Dental Light with Mirror 1960
2 Cell Red Plastic "Starlet" Baby Light with White Pyramid Switch 1960
2 Cell Black/Yellow Plastic Bullet Light with Slide Switch 1618 1965
2 Cell Yellow Plastic Bullet with Side Switch and Red Lens Cap 1618 1965
2 Cell Yellow/Black Industrial 1618 1965
2 Cell Baby Ribbed Metallic Flashlight with Slide and Flash Button Switch 1970
2 Cell Boy Scout Right Angle with Ring Hanger and Belt Hanger 1970
3 Cell Steel Light with Ring Hanger 1970
3 Cell Black Plastic Ribbed Light 1626 1970
2 Cell Orange Safety Light with Walled Slide Switch 2117 1970
3 Cell Plastic Permissable Electric Flashlight 2124 1970
2 Cell Bicentennial Plastic Liberty Torch LT-2 1976
5 Cell Yellow/Black Utility Flashlight with Slide Switch 6900 1978
2 Cell White Plastic Light 2603 1980
2 Cell Yellow/Black Industrial Light with Yellow Ring Hanger 2618 1980
3 Cell Yellow/Black Emergency Light Kit with Red Safety Wand and Ring Hanger 3941 1980
2 Cell Orange/Black Plastic "MSHA" Safety Light 2117 1985

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