The Beauty of Industrial Lighting

 
With a beauty that comes when form follows function, industrial lighting from the 19th and early to mid 20th century has come into its own.

Antique and vintage task lamps


Some prime examples

Vintage heat lamps can be converted

From factory floors, medical and dental offices, mines, etc., this form of lighting can add a very unique look to your home or office decor.  



Some very interesting industrial-looking lighting can also be gleaned from the DIY (do it yourself) world. Clever people are making lamps out of chicken feeders, old strainers, bird cages, etc. It can be a great look and it’s always fun to reduce, reuse, recycle.

When you see photos of where they were originally used, some of the old medical lighting might be the stuff that nightmares are made of … LOL … but they’re just old lamps and they have SUCH a great look!


Surgical and dental lamps

Some of the most interesting industrial lighting pieces are “explosion proof” fixtures. Rugged 20th century models, developed for use in hazardous industries like coal mining or petrochemicals, they typically feature housings of caged wire. 

Our August, 2018 mashup “The Industrial Age Goes To School” will showcase a lot of industrial pieces. Come on in to The Midtown Mercantile Antique Mall, 4443 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ, and find that special piece to light your way!

Carol Fenn 7-2018

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A Very Visual (and vintage) 4th of July!

The 4th of July! Barbecues. Fireworks! Colorful flags flying everywhere. And in the midst of all of this revelry it might be fun to go back in time and look at some of the ways this American holiday has been celebrated in the past. We love the past here at The Mercantile. After all, we are an antique mall! We love all this old stuff!


Postcards, black and white photos of movie stars, (is that Marilyn Monroe?), cast iron banks, etc. all very collectible and fun to revisit. And check out those 4th of July costumes! Fun and festive!




Happy 4th from The Midtown Mercantile Antique Mall!  Enjoy these photos and enjoy your holiday. And don’t forget the apple pie!


Carol Fenn 7-2018