Cool, thanks. So most just had incandescent bulbs, nothin special.
I've only seen pix of those with suction cups, which makes me shudder to think that someone would use one on a vehicle in motion. But Ellis Funeral Home put suction cups on their Jr. when the old-style magnets wore out. They just never understood why it wouldn't stay on the ambulance at highway speeds. They had lost that light once before when it still had good magnets and the eyelet for a sheet-metal screw to hold it in place. Had to be sent back to Federal for repairs. The last time they lost it, the damage was permanent, and they ran the ambulance it was on with just the alternating highbeams thereafter! No siren, either.dmathieu said:Just picked this one up!
That's gotta be another rare one, Dan. I've only seen one of them in red and that was many, many years ago. DoRay had a nice line of lights; and their lollipops were sold all over Texas. But some of the others I've only seen pictures of, or in the old catalogs. Nice find.dmathieu said:1195 incandescent bulb and flasher
Something else almost that bad came from A-1 Ambulance that bought Ellis' last emergency ambulance when they first opened, along with a nice then-new '65 Plymouth wagon that I got to drive on occasion. A-1's owner didn't like local police involvement if he was simply on a medical run, so he wouldn't bother notifying the dispatcher if he had a medical run. He would if it was a trauma situtation...MVA, shooting, etc. So invariably if he was running hot on a medical and a cop saw him, they'd ask dispatch where A-1 was running, and also invariably, the old man would refuse to answer the radio. So if the cop then turned around and followed him, the cop would get an earful at the scene. To make it worse, just to aggrivate the troops, sometimes he'd run with just lights only and never run the siren....ending up dodging traffic here and there; or just the opposite, siren only.stansdds said:Yikes!
Some of them that used the smaller incandescent bulbs were not all that effective, but those that used the same bulbs as the lollipops (50 c.p.) were nice enough; and as Dan notes, the halogen models and the strobe models North American produced were nice. Something quite unusual that I saw in the mid-70s in Lubbock was a paving contractor that had their Dietz lollipop lights converted to strobes. Quite bright and effective!stansdds said:I cannot see these as being particularly effective as vehicle warning lights, so I expect they did not sell very well and were quickly dropped from production.
The ones that I saw must've been the remote units, as they didn't look any different than the Dietz lollipops I'd used for years. I didn't know that Dietz made them in strobes back then. Now you tell me! :yes:dmathieu said:Dietz offered a couple of lollipop strobe models, one with a self contained large base, and one with a remote strobe power supply.
should have know you were bidding against meJust got this Carpenter Light. (made in Boston, Massachusetts)
This is the same light in red, instead of the split blue/red on this 1947 or 1948 Massachusetts State Police cruiser.
I believe this Carpenter "jellyjar" was the first 360 degree beacon used by the MSP. Again their light colors were blue to the front, red to the rear
They're one of my favorites. Back in the day, I can even remember these lights being the primary warning! Things were quieter and traffic was less congested. In rural areas, you could see these a long way out because there weren't all the different lights out on the highway then as there is now. And, most of them are glass... I like your green one. Taxi cabs in Milwaukee had green ones on the roof in the late 60's-early 70's so I remember, when I visited the big city. Another favorite are still the 4-way flashing lights under the beacon domes like the McDermotts and the Tri-lite QF-1's. Old school is still cool school.Are there any other collectors out there that like to collect these types of lights?