Monday, February 22, 2010

Update On Atomic Lamp

Someone asked the question I think a lot of us had:

Q: It's so wild it's hard to believe it isn't some lousy reproduction -- it is definite mid century vintage? Did they use bulb clips like that in 50's and early 60's?

Good question! Have you ever seen a lamp anything like this? I saw a seller who was selling printed fiberglass whip-stitched lampshades on eBay with all kinds of different things printed on them.

Here is the answer:

A: Hi and thanks for your interest in my auction. I'm sure it's an "oldie". Evidently it was in someone's attic or basement for a long time before the auction judging by the "moldy" smell. As for the bulb clips - The wires are soldered onto the outer frame and appear to be original to the piece. Hope this info helps.

Uh oh, there's the "M" word again. Moldy.

The highest bidder added a couple more bids to their own high bid, and it's still standing at $110. Auction ends in less than 5 hours as of this post.

I thought about it, I really did.

But that moldy smell turns me off. And I have nothing that matches this color scheme at all. It's so, well, unusually over the top atomic style. Have you seen anything made in the 50's or early 60's like this, in this pattern and these colors?

Once, while watching Antiques Roadshow, one of the adorable Keno brothers was evaluating an Art Deco poster, dated 1929.

He described it as "Art Deco on steroids". Simply too over the top, too quintessential Art Deco even for it's time, pumped up, IF it had been printed in 1929.

It wasn't. It was a reproduction style poster made in the 1980's.

So this one still makes me skeptical. And I don't want to deal with the stink.

But I sure do love looking at it!

Check it out HERE.


Stinkie sold for $202 dollars. Whoo hoo lol...