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In commemoration of United States of America’s bicentennial, Dietz produced a limited edition of no.
The terminology reflects the characteristics of the lantern for safely used in hurricane weather.
However in later years, most railroad lanterns were eclipsed by the Dressel and Adlake short globe versions. Dietz continued to exist until it went out of business in 1992. This model was made through the 1930s and this particular lantern appears to be a later model that could date anywhere from the 1920s through the early 1930s. It was bead blasted and repainted in high temp paint and includes a new Adlake pot and burner as the original pot and burner were not salvageable. The New York City Subway apparently ordered quite a few and were also known to have ordered Dietz No.The model shown here had it's design birth in 1907 when Dietz introduced one of the first short globe lanterns designed largely to accommodate the weaker kerosene fuel flame just beginning to be used by some railroads. It's also a shorter version, typically called a switchman's lantern. This one was actually owned by the City of New York and not a railroad. These were not designed to be carried and were used as back up lighting when working in tunnels or dark areas or as a safety lighting.The frame shown here is a "hi-top" that was produced through the mid 1920s before being replaced with a slightly shorter frame, but using the same globe. An air hose gasket dated 1928 came with the lantern, so it was probably used by the owner through the late 1920s to early 1930s before the owner probably took it home and stored it for many decades. 39 Standard that was likely issued to a railroad as it came with a marked a globe, marked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Around the turn of the century, Railroad Switchman, who worked the yards, were in a different union and often used different specialized equipment. This lantern came with a clear globe but many were issued with red globes as traffic warning devices. in 1840 and began manufacturing kerosene lanterns, which are commonly known as hurricane lanterns.
Some of them won awards and obtained patents during the past century. to Hong Kong in 1956 and subsequently from Hong Kong to China in 1988.
They often preferred a smaller lighter version of the standard lanterns of the day. Dietz would produce the XLCR which was a small version, but this one is very similiar to an XLCR except it's not marked as such, which means its an early version. The last photo compares the shorter size of this lantern to the next one down, the No. 0025 0017This is a short frame version of the Vesta that was produced after 1925. It was made for the Boston & Maine Railroad and is stamped B&M on the lid as well as on the red globe.