February’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 106, located on the lower level at the PAST Antiques Marketplace. Lanterns are a fascinating, functional item to collect and this vendor provides both oil and electrified versions.
In 1859 Robert Edwin Dietz and his brother, Michael patented the first practical flat wick burner especially designed for kerosene. Over time the R.E. Dietz Company manufactured hundreds of lantern models, and pioneered the automotive lighting industry. Dietz’s lantern division moved to China in 1956, and production of lanterns ceased in America in 1970.
With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.