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Light bulb, Republican Party, 1968

Light bulb, Republican Party, 1968

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Neon-glow lamps were invented in 1921 and novelty electrodes in a variety of shapes that glowed red-orange were added a decade later. A GOP-elephant shape, available since the 1940s, was featured in this bulb sold by duro-lite during the 1968 presidential campaign. The packaging on this 3-watt Republican-themed bulb and its Democratic counterpart promoted many reasons to purchase this item: “Support your Political Party with this authentic mascot that lights up in full glory.... Makes ideal night light, especially for children’s room.... Cozy, warm effect enhances room atmosphere in den, recreation room. A most unusual conversation piece.”
Object Name
Lamp Bulb
date made
associated institution
Republican National Party
Physical Description
glass, metal (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Duro-lite Lamps, Inc.
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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