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The Lovell-Dressel Company reflected the heritage of two companies. One company was founded by F.H. Lovell around the time of the Civil War and came to be known primarily as a maker of marine lamps. The other company was founded by George Dressel in the 1880's and focused primarily on the railroad lamp market. Eventually the latter company became known as the Dressel Railway Lamp Works. The F.H. Lovell Company acquired the Dressel Railway Lamp Works in the 1920's but continued to use the Dressel name in marketing. Eventually the name was changed to the Lovell-Dressel Company, and in the late 1960's the company was absorbed into the Adams & Westlake Company.
Throughout its history, Lovell-Dressel and its predecessor companies appeared to be more active in the lamp market than the lantern market. In fact they eventually became a one of the dominant suppliers of railroad lamps. However, they did produce or market a small number of railroad lantern models, either manufactured by other companies or by their own facilities. For example, a page from the F.H. Lovell 1916 catalog shows lanterns that were obviously made by the R.E. Dietz Company, although not identified as such. Compare the illustrations shown with Dietz tall globe lanterns and Dietz Vesta lanterns. Dressel did appear to make some of their own lanterns -- a model shown below appears to be a unique design. However, other lanterns marked "Dressel Railway Lamp Works" were clearly made under subcontract by the C.T. Ham Company, as shown below. In the short-globe lantern era, the Lovell-Dressel Company did manufacture a single lantern model of unique design, the "Heavy Duty" model. Example of this model can be found marked with the Penn Central logo, which may have been the "last hurrah" of the company before merger with Adams & Westlake.