We can help with single items or entire collections, and we provide a hassle free service and most of the time we can answer contacts the same day.In order to help you we will need to see pictures of your item or items so the best way to get started is to email pictures to us at [email protected] The Dietz Vesta was one of the most popular and widely sold lanterns and is still very common on the market today.
Dietz Vestas in excellent condition and with rare railroad markings / globes can bring higher prices, but still top out around -90 making this model a great entry point for newer lantern collectors looking for a nice piece.
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There are, however, a number of platform, street, and wall lanterns shown on another page, and such lanterns were certainly known to have been used in railroad stations and other facilities.
Other pages show a number of "non-railroad" lantern models that are commonly called "railroad lanterns" in internet auctions.
In the days before city lights and GPS, railroad lanterns served a very important purpose: they communicated signals at night between trains and stations.
Sometimes, a timely lantern signal meant the difference between life and death.Because Dietz made many lanterns for city, utility and municipal work crew use and even Police and Fire Departments that were very similar to its railroad line of lanterns, if a Dietz lantern is not marked for a railroad, it's often impossible to tell if it was actually used on a railroad and not elsewhere. This lantern was very likely used by a railroad, but is not marked. 888 which was a battery powered lantern produced in the 1940s and 1950s.0050One of the toughest lanterns produced by Dietz was the No. Similiar in appearance to the Dressel short global lanterns with vertical slats, these lanterns were a version of a No. The Steel Clad used a standard pot and tall globe similiar to other tall globe lanterns of the early 20th century. Basically in appearance it's a cross between a Dressel short globe and an Adlake. This lantern is also a New York City Subway model, with heavy tin plating still remaining on the lantern and a red unmarked globe.Dietz Vesta lanterns were stamped with a production date starting in 1915.The date stamp is the numeral of the month followed by a two digit year, separated by a dash ( 3-24 would be March of 1924 ).This brochure clearly shows that these were not sold for railroad purposes. In order to allow readability, scans are very large and may take some time to download on a modem connection.