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Its hard for me to believe that nearly 10 years has gone by since these pictures were taken .

A friend told me that I should visit the small town of Flatonia Texas (100 miles west of Houston)

He wouldn`t say why but promised me it would be worth the trip.

One look in this store was all it took -I went crazy !!!!!!

4 foot 4 bulb art deco half piper fluorescent light fixtures all over the place !!! Enjoy !!!

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Manufacturer:unknown
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Lamp Type:F40T12`s
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Fixture Type:4 foot 4 tube preheat halfpiper
Ballast Type:tulamp preheat
Location:Flatonia Texas
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Fabrication Date:1946 -1947 Informed by building owner
Application/Use:Retail store

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May 17, 2011 at 06:40 AM Author: DieselNut
Very nice!! I don't suppose they would want to sell or trade any of them?

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May 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM Author: vintagefluorescent
Its ben about 9 years since I was there , They did not appreciate me taking pictures of those lights , Later on I found out the man who owned it passed away , I havent returned since to do a follow up .
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May 17, 2011 at 09:24 AM Author: DieselNut
Sounds like they may be at risk of being trashed.

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May 17, 2011 at 09:47 AM Author: vintagefluorescent
I was lucky , At least to get these pictures, The lady that worked there was not nice & did not want these pictures taken, I had my friend distract her so I could get these pictures & Then we left. Also, These fixtures had already ben converted to rapid start - The 13 I rescued from the warehouse tear down last year all had there big beefy Jefferson preheat ballasts , Some G-E Tu-Lamps , OOOOH & that wonderful tar smell John , You know what I`m talkin about
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May 17, 2011 at 10:09 AM Author: DieselNut
Yep! Nothing like the unique smell of a vintage fixture! I have one in my shop with its original GE "Tulamp" ballast that runs fine, but buzzes LOUDLY and has lots of leaked tar (and possibly PCB). It works, so I relocated it to an area I don't use often. Nothing like good ole vintage stuff!

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May 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM Author: vintagefluorescent
You might have already seen it , But I have an old tea cup I removed from one of those fixtures with the loud ballast - The tea cup is 2/3 full of vintage tar - I wouldn`t sell that cup for any thing I love it & of course keep it covered up .
Here`s that cup of tar http://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=794&pos=8&pid=45872
Forgot to mention I did convert this one fixture to rapid start years ago But saved the original leaky ballast My friends would not let me take the cup till recently when the building was to be torn down & the fixtures needed to be saved.
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May 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM Author: DieselNut
Yea, I have seen that one! Crazy, huh? Because of the reflector design, mine kinda just "pools" on the reflector. Yours looks like it is channeled to the end. LOL

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