1920 Wall-Mounted Curtis Lighting Mercury Glass Industrial Lights

1920 Wall-Mounted Curtis Lighting Mercury Glass Industrial Lights


Set of three wall-mounted industrial X-Ray/Mercury shades, manufactured by Curtis Lighting. Simple plug-in capability with retrofitted adjustable brass armature. These lights were found in a Chicago factory. Re-wired and CSA approved.

"Curtis Lighting, 1119 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago. “X-Ray” Mirrored-glass Reflectors, and Footlights and Borderlights containing them; and outdoor Floodlighting projectors. (Catalogue) c.1929 Listed & c.1930-1940 Listed. as found in a few of my books might be more useful.

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NSWER: Augustus Darwin Curtis, born in Hawley, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1865, moved to Chicago in 1900 and shortly thereafter established the Curtis-Leger Fixture Company for which he served as president and treasurer and the National X-Ray Reflector Company for which he served as president.. Arthur J. Morgan was the secretary for both companies. A July 5, 1912 obituary noted: “Mr. Morgan was known in electrical circles through his work during the past four years in connection with commercial and technical development of indirect lighting and show-window lighting.”

The National X-Ray Reflector Company became famous for the development of a style of light reflector that promised to create less tired eyes by reducing glare. By 1916 National X-Ray reflectors were touted as producing the highest type of illumination possible. The company provided reflective lighting for a wide variety of lighting uses including banks, buildings (interior and exterior), hospitals, movie theaters, offices, schools, stages, etc.

National X-Ray Reflector Company advertised extensively in National Geographic. The advertisement in the July 1915 issue notes: “The efficiency of clerks, stenographers, and other employees is increased by Eye Comfort Lighting, which greatly reduces the tendency to headache and nervousness due to improper lighting.”

National X-Ray Reflector Company must have received a government contract during World War I to manufacture a ship semaphore. Your semaphore has more curiosity than collector value, albeit it certainly is a conversation piece."


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