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1968 Invasion Witness

1968 Invasion Witness

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In those sad days 51 years ago when Warsaw Pact troops invaded our country to suppress the short-lived freedom, these were very typical lanterns captured in photographs.
This model (first installed 1960 in Prague) used two vertically positioned MV lamps that were a bit longer compared to more recent lamps, hence the long shade.
They're super rare to find in the wild, especially in a condition of this piece.

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Manufacturer:Elektrosvit
Model Reference:VS 804
Lamp
Lamp Type:MV/MBFU
Base:E40
Fixture
Fixture Type:street light
Photocell Type:none
Location:Prague, Czech rep.
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Wattage:2x 250W
Voltage:220V
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Czechoslovakia
Fabrication Date:1960's

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Oct 12, 2019 at 01:49 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Does it still work? Nice old lantern.

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-Date decoder of some US lamps 1960-present.
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-I'll save what I can! Smiley

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Oct 12, 2019 at 01:55 PM Author: merc
No idea. It's behind the fence in a closed factory. The design is so simple (chokes and wiring only) that it would probably work with the right lamps.

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Oct 12, 2019 at 02:08 PM Author: monkeyface
Nice ones!

Here the Swiss versions: http://phozagora.free.fr/?page=Lanterne_Typlastik
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Oct 12, 2019 at 02:12 PM Author: merc
Interesting. Probably a typical design from that era.

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Oct 12, 2019 at 02:17 PM Author: HomeBrewLamps
Closed factory? Hop the fence and snatch the light before it gets scrapped.

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Oct 12, 2019 at 02:48 PM Author: Ash
My parents have told me about the "socialism with human face" initiative and the USSR attack over Czechoslovakia. The events have been still discussed in secret between students in USSR universities for years after, which is where they knew the full story from
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Oct 12, 2019 at 04:09 PM Author: Skiller
Open designs like this have one advantage: there will never be a pool of dead insects or water inside a bowl that blocks the light and keeps moisture inside. Often the most simple designs are the most effective. That being said of course this fixture barely has any optical system to direct the light but it compensates with sheer power (2x 250W) and comes from a time where power consumption did not really matter. So in it's own way, it's a solid piece of lighting technology.
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Oct 13, 2019 at 09:17 AM Author: Make
There has also been something of the same style in Finland: https://www.google.com/maps/@63.0921798,21.6060806,3a,15y,241.41h,150.34t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9dSeMqg9_m1e02dJkCsdDA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Probably they use 125W MV or some SBMV lamps. I don't know their manufacturer.
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Oct 13, 2019 at 12:19 PM Author: merc
@HomeBrewLamps: Not so easy at that place.
@Ash: I'm sure that intelligent Soviet citizens must have known (or at least guessed) the truth despite the official propaganda about a "help to a country in troubles".
@Skiller: There's even better solution: Closed luminaires with a good sealing. But it indeed was an interesting design with some good properties.
@Make: It's fashion. Clothing styles, furniture types, car shapes... and lanterns similar in a particular time all over the world.

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Oct 14, 2019 at 12:28 AM Author: Hyperlynx

There has also been something of the same style in Finland: https://www.google.com/maps/@63.0921798,21.6060806,3a,15y,241.41h,150.34t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9dSeMqg9_m1e02dJkCsdDA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Probably they use 125W MV or some SBMV lamps. I don't know their manufacturer.


WOW !!! What a surprise !
I have already seen this lantern, one time only, but it was in Germany !
http://phozagora.free.fr/?page=Lanterne_Projokleid

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Oct 14, 2019 at 12:22 PM Author: Make
Oh, possible it is made in Germany. It is very rare in Finland, I think.

Here is other unknown model with similar construction too, but it has circular shape: https://www.google.fi/maps/@61.0622887,28.1935015,3a,15y,24.68h,112.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2pKA3gvx3GM-Z7NvUbEs7Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
This seems same model without a bowl: http://calm.iki.fi/tolpat/kuva/10645 and http://calm.iki.fi/tolpat/kuva/11200
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Oct 15, 2019 at 01:58 AM Author: Hyperlynx
For the first one diffucult to say, I have seen it only one time in Germany and it was in a private area. The design looks more "German" than "Finnish" but without certainty...

The second one, I have never seen it but the reflector, with two mirrors at a such positions lead me to think that this is a Finnish lantern.

About the Czech lantern above, I know it by looking some photos of it and Czech websites but I have never seen it from my own eyes, unfortunately.

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Oct 15, 2019 at 11:08 AM Author: merc

About the Czech lantern above, I know it by looking some photos of it and Czech websites but I have never seen it from my own eyes, unfortunately.

Indeed they're the rarest HID lanterns here. I don't know other regions well but the total could be something like 20 - 40 VS lanterns in the wild for the whole country. There are probably some in Slovakia but haven't spotted one while being there.

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