December 21, 2007

1950's Siamese Cat TV Lamp.

Kitschy fabulousness. With jeweled eyes. Only $60. Fantastic.

In the 10 years after World War II, television exploded into prime time in America. Early American television programs were wildly popular as the public for the first time got to see their favorite stars from radio and movies live on television. TV lamps were originally manufactured because there was a demand for indirect light sources to soothe the eyes while watching television. The 1950s TV lamps were made in exotic and interesting shapes including horses, birds, panthers, and figural shapes. The base portion of the lamp was typically produced in ceramic with a high gloss glaze, although they were also made of plastic and painted plaster. As the rock & roll fifties came along with pink poodles and other whimsical design, 50s colors like pink and chartreuse became very popular and were often coupled with elaborate shades with trim of leather of material. Most TV lamps are backlit with a single bulb hidden from front view, providing a low wattage, indirect lighting source for use while viewing television. (copied from Collectics TV Lamps of the 50's and 60's.)

Ruby Lane :: 1950s Siamese Cat TV Lamp 2 Cats Television Light - 9169

p.s. I could spend my whole Christmas break looking at the Ruby Lane site. It's incredible.

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