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Bright Star Flashlight

This is a flashlight. It is dated ca. 1990 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is injection-molded plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Bright Star pioneered the high impact injection-molded plastic flashlight in the late 1930s, leading to the development of standards for explosion-proof handheld lighting products. After experiencing success with these products during World War II, Bright Star expanded its flashlight business to become a leading industrial flashlight producer. This flashlight, model 2618, was part of their later industrial line, and a variant is still made today.

This object was donated by Max Pine. It is credited Gift of Barbara and Max Pine.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 19.7 x 5.5 cm (7 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Molded on black battery cap: "No. 2618/Bright Star/Kidde/Made in U.S.A."

Cite this object as

Bright Star Flashlight; USA; injection-molded plastic; H x diam.: 19.7 x 5.5 cm (7 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.); Gift of Barbara and Max Pine; 1993-133-12

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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