TV lamp made by Rite-Lite

Made in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957.

When full-scale television broadcasting commenced in Australia in 1956, the TV set was a novelty that soon became the centre of attention in lounge rooms. TV receivers were not mere appliances, but were sold as furniture. The demands of watching television influenced the design of other furniture, the way people cooked and ate their food, and the placement of heating. Interior designers, industrial designers, furniture makers, and even clothes manufacturers focused on creating a domestic environ...

Summary

Object No.

2008/145/1

Physical Description

Table lamp, 'TV lamp', metal / cloth / plastic, made by Rite-Lite, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957

Anodised aluminium table lamp, gold in colour, comprising a cone-shaped shade with repeated perforated letters 'TV' around the top. Hinged cover at top opens to allow up-lighting and brightness control. Round base with white plastic switch. Red electrical cord and black plug.

Dimensions

Height

240 mm

Width

180 mm

Depth

230 mm

Production

Notes

Rite-Lite manufactured a range of lighting products, including table lamps, wall bracket lights and pendant lights. Based in Victoria, its office was at 54 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. The company had agents in the other states.

Made

1957

History

Notes

The Powerhouse Museum purchased this lamp on eBay in August 2005 from a dealer, for display as a prop in the exhibition 'On the Box: Great Moments in Australian Television'. It was given 'prop' status rather than object status so that it could be plugged in and kept switched on during the course of the exhibition.

Source

Credit Line

Ex Museum stock, 2008

Acquisition Date

17 July, 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

TV lamp made by Rite-Lite 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <https://ma.as/383903>

Wikipedia

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