- R. E. Dietz Company
R.E. Dietz Company was a lighting products
manufacturer. They are best known for oil lanterns. The company started life in 1840when its founder, 22 year old Robert E. Dietzpurchased a Lamp & Oilbusiness in Brooklyn, New York. Though famous for well built indoor & outdoor kerosenelanterns, the company was a major player in the automotivelighting industry from the 1920s through into the 1960s.
R.E. Dietz also produced the majority of road work warning lights. First oil lanterns (Traffic-Gard trademark) and road torches which looked like cannon balls with large wicks.
Kerosenewas normally used in these lamps. Later they developed some of the first transistorizedwarning lights ( Visi-Flashtrademark) using standard 6v lantern batteries. These lights either blinked in timed intervals or had a steady light.
Outside Links & Sources
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~pearsond/lantern.htm#C1 R.E. Dietz Company history]
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~trafficgard/m40intro.html Dietz Traffic-Gard history]
* [http://www.lanternnet.com/history.htm R.E. Dietz company timeline]
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