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What is this?

Black spherical swiveling head with flat circular clear lens attached to white metal housing on ridged tubular black plastic body; white metal on/off switch on side. Circular base (b) with metal ring unscrews from body for access to battery compartment.

This is a flashlight from United States. It is dated 1941 and we acquired it in 1999. Gift of Max Pine.

Its medium is

plastic, metal

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 20.5 x 5.9 x 5cm (8 1/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 15/16in.)

It has the following markings

Molded in battery compartment cap: "USALITE/MADE IN U.S.A."

This object was manufactured by U.S. Electric Manufacturing Corp.

This object was donated by Max Pine

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Flashlight, "USALite Swivel-Head", 1941 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=18 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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