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1920's Dietz Lanterns Brochure
Following are scans of a brochure from the R.E. Dietz Company, makers of lanterns and other types of lighting devices. There is no date on the brochure but given the description of "Wagon and Driving lanterns", it probably dates to the 1920's.
The brochure devotes only one page to railroad lanterns. Brakeman's lanterns are represented by two models: the "Vesta", and the "Standard #39". One switchman's lantern is shown: the "XLCR", and two inspectors lanterns are shown: the "Ideal" and the "Acme". There are, however, a number of platform, street, and wall lanterns shown on another page, and such lanterns were certainly known to have been used in railroad stations and other facilities. Other pages show a number of "non-railroad" lantern models that are commonly called "railroad lanterns" in internet auctions. This brochure clearly shows that these were not sold for railroad purposes.
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