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Aladdin Lamp Company

  Aladdin Lamp Company (Database Gallery)


  • 1907 Victor Johnson forms the Western Lighting Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.    
  • 1908 Johnson moves business to Chicago, Illinois and incorporates The Mantle Lamp Company of America and sells Practicus lamps
  • 1909 Introduces the first Alladin Lamp Model 1
  • 1910 first two Canadian offices opened
  • 1911 Model 3 is born and patented featuring a combined mantle cap and burner cone (cap mantle replaced by KoneKap mantle), improved construction and a new air distributor or gasifier (flame spreader).
  • 1913 First wick cleaners
  • 1915 Model 6 First floor lamp introduced and also converted to electricity.  This became Alladin's first electric lam; Model 6 wins gold metal at World's Fair.
  • 1917 US entered WWI and parts for competitors using German made burners, mantles & chimneys became unavailable putting them out of business
  • 1917 Model 7 was first lamp using all new tooling designed just for Aladdin; first bug screens, 
  • 1917-18  registered lots of patents making them unique from the competition
  • 1918 Aladdin granted patent for #6 burner possibly spelling end of production for other companies using P&A designed mantle lamps.
  • 1919 Aladdin Industries Ltd. UK founded to make vacuum bottle products.
  • 1921 Model 10 first reinforced wicks & end to wick carrier
  • 1924 Aladdin Industries Ltd Australia
  • 1926 Lippincott Glass Company purchased
  • 1928 First Aladdin manufactured glass shades, first paper shades, name generator changed to flamer spreader, Model 12 Lox-on mantle and chimney introduced
  • 1930 Production began on electric lamps
  • 1931 Patents the Lox-On® mantle, commonly used today
  • 1930-1935 Model 12 vase lamps
  • 1932 First glass lamp; Australian mfgr of lamp bodies started but no burners mfgrd
  • 1933 First English made lamps
  • 1935-1954 Glass font lamps
  • 1937 First caboose lamps
  • 1938 First alacite lamps
  • 1938 Aladdin glass shades discontinued thru 1951
  • 1942 Alacite formula changed
  • 1943 Name bug screen changed to insect screen
  • 1943 -1945 No brass lamps manufactured
  • 1944 - 1952 bakelite lamps were manufactured in Australia
  • 1949 Mantle Lamp Co. merged with Aladdin Industries
  • 1949 Main offices moved from Chicago to Nashville, Model 12 & Model B Nashville burners thru 1954
  • 1949 Much of the lamp line revised.  Paint replaced plating for most metal lamp applications.
  • 1951 Outsourced glass shades available
  • 1952 Glass plant closed All glass molds destroyed with exception of plain stem Washington drape and  font.
  • 1952 Last floor lamp
  • 1954 Flood destroyed all metal lamp and burner tooling. Model B discontinued. Remaining burner stock on hand went to B-53
  • 1955 Last Aladdin glass lamp, B-53, removed from price list
  • 1974 Glass lamp production resumed with undated model 23 Lincoln Drape
  • 1984 Aladdin Canada closed
  • 1994 Fenton started manufacturing a line of glass lamps for Aladdin
  • 1999 Kerosene lamp division sold


Fifteen models of Aladdin lamps have been made in the United States since 1909. Domestic manufacture was suspended in 1963 and Models 21C and 23 were imported from England and Model C from Brazil. Not all models made in England were imported for sale in the U.S. More recently, Model 23 lamps have been made in Hong Kong. Aladdins (lamp bowls and fonts; not burners) were also made in Argentina and Australia.

The Mantle Lamp Company established subsidiaries in Greenford, England (1919); Sydney, Australia (1923); and Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic (1925) to distribute Aladdins around the world.

Electric Aladdin lamps were sold beginning in 1930. Unique deco designs made Aladdin electric lamps popular in major cities during the 1930s and 1940s.

Aladdin Industries, Inc. was formed as a subsidiary of The Mantle Lamp Company in 1919 in Chicago to make and sell Thermalware® and vacuum bottles. In 1949, The Mantle Lamp Company of America merged with its subsidiary (Aladdin Industries, Inc.) taking the latter name as being more representative of its diverse products. In the same year, the vacuum-ware operations were moved from Alexandria to Nashville, Tennessee. Aladdin�s Hopalong Cassidy lunch box changed the way children carried their lunch to school for the next 20 years.

The Alexandria plant was closed June 30, 1952 after the death of inventor and designer Eugene Schwarz. At that time all molds for the glass kerosene and electric lamps were sold as scrap and destroyed. The lamp manufacturing operations, by now greatly reduced, were moved from Alexandria to Nashville. Domestic sales of kerosene lamps declined significantly during the ensuing years. Inexpensive glass and aluminum lamps made in Brazil were sold mostly for utility and emergency use. Export sales and the demand for replacement parts were sufficient to keep lamps in the company inventory. The production of Aladdin electric lamps ceased in 1956.

Aladdin Industries Inc. reorganized in 1999, changed to Aladdin Industries LLC and Ari Chaney replaced Fred Meyer as President and CEO.
Today the principal items manufactured by Aladdin Industries LLC are glass and stainless steel vacuum bottles; Stanley bottles and mugs; workmen�s lunch boxes; several insulated beverageware items; flashlight products; and related outdoor hunting accessories.

The Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company is proud to continue the 90-year tradition of manufacturing Aladdin lamps�the finest non-electric lamp in the world. The company is building a new home for the Aladdin lamp in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Ref: Aladdin Lamp Collectors Site
       TeriAnn's Guide to Aladdin Mantle Lamps
       'Survival Unlimited' Article

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