Aladdin kerosene mantel lamps have been made by Aladdin Industries, Inc. (formerly the Mantel Lamp Co. of America) every year since 1909. The first ones were made of brass and commonly were nickelplated. Glass lamps in many styles and colors were made from 1930 until about 1955. Since then aluminum and brass styles have been available.
Aladdin is again molding glass Aladdin lamps. They are making the short "Lincoln Drape" design - NOT the tall "Lincoln Drape." The current plans are to "re-introduce" the lamp for emergency lighting to the hardware trade in November, 1974. See photo at right.
The first lamps to be introduced this fall will be available in amber crystal. The amber lamp is pretty and medium dark in color. It should be popular in modern home decor. Other colors will be introduced later. The lamps will be outfitted with 14-inch beige burlap shades.
Upon publication of news of the new lamp in the Mystic Lamp in May, 1974, Aladdin collectors had mixed emotions about the new lamp. Many were shocked and greatly disappointed to learn that Aladdin planned to reproduce a lamp in an old collectible style. The intention of the company, however, was NOT to make the lamp for the antique and collecting trade but rather for the hardware trade. Aladdin collectors (Knights of the Mystic Light) urged Aladdin to date the new lamps. Showing their concern for collectors, Aladdin undertook the necessary steps to permanently mark all new lamps. Those now being assembled are embossed with the date "New 1974" on the bottom of the lamp. The first production lamps were unmarked.
Needless to say, all Knights and, in fact, all collectors regard the dating as a very positive step by Aladdin. This accomplishment clearly demonstrates Aladdin's concern to protect the collector.
There are other readily apparent differences between the original and the new short "Lincoln Drapes:"
There are also other very minor differences in the new mold but these are difficult to see unless you study the lamps side by side.
Aladdin is planning extensive advertising of the new lamps. The forthcoming U.S. Bicentennial celebration with the current nostalgia and collecting craze has created much interest in kerosene lamps. The "Lincoln Drape," with its distinct Americana flavor, should become a top seller as well as a modern collectible.
Editor's Note: Condensed from "The Mystic Light of the Alladin Knights" by J. W. Courter, the author of "Alladin: The Magic Name in Lamps."