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26|12|10
Updates to the REVO Catalogue include:

Sol-etern Street Lighting Fittings (new), Sol-etern Street Lighting Fittings (improved and expanded), Wall-mounted Street Lighting Fittings (improved and expanded), Ornamental Street Lighting Fittings (improved), Ornamental Street Lighting Fittings (improved).

This concludes the lantern section of the catalogue.






10|12|10
Updates to the REVO Catalogue include:

Cut-Off Street Lighting Fittings (improved and expanded), Street Lighting Fittings (improved), Street Lighting Fittings (improved), Silverblue Street Lighting Fitting (improved and expanded) and Cut-Off Street Lighting Fittings (improved and expanded).






06|12|10
Updates to the REVO Catalogue include:

Cut-Off Fitting (new), Critchley (new), Silvergold (open) (improved and expanded) and the Silvergold (enclosed) (improved and expanded).






11|10|10
Peter Rivet has updated his history of Mackenzie and Moncur.






20|08|10
The Philips SGS 201 lantern in my collection has now been documented.






15|08|10
New scans, photometric information and formating have been added for this Street Lighting Fitting and I've added the preface of the GEC catalogue.

I've also completed some other parts of the catalogue because I've been identifying fixtures for various museums. Therefore the Ornamental Street Lighting Fittings section has been updated (along with details of a new lantern), the Section 9: Title Page has been fixed and the Angelo concrete columns have been added.

The Festival lantern was designed by lighting engineers at Birmingham City Council to celebrate the Festival of Britain and manufactured by REVO Electric Company Limited of Tipton, Stafford. The lantern and its associated fluted and decorated column were oddly antiquated and slightly at odds with the futuristic Festival of Britain, but modern appeal was realised by the utilisation of the newly introduced fluorescent tube which was used as its lighting source.

Initial examples were installed throughout the centre of Birmingham. However, REVO put it into their catalogue (as lantern number C13428), where it enjoyed limited success as an ornamental unit, being pressed into use along seaside promenades, within civic centres, and in areas of special interest. Festivals were installed in locations as diverse as Weymouth, London and York (where eight Festivals lit the approach to the York Minster).

However, it was limited for general street lighting as most of the light flux was directed outwards instead of towards the road and pavement surface. This was realised by REVO when they classed it as an ornamental lantern; they also tellingly mentioned the lanternís ability to light the roadway and adjacent buildings suggesting that maximum benefit could only be achieved by indirect lighting reflected from close surroundings.

The lantern appeared in REVOís catalogue in the early 1950s and was soon joined by a miniature version for side streets (lantern number C14038 and C14040). It was remodelled in the 1960s and given a futurist tapered bowl, perhaps an attempt by the company to disguise its classical leanings. It was also the basis of the bespoke Richardson Candle which still light the central streets of Cambridge: architect Alfred Richardson smoothed its fussy lines to create a more austere unit for the city. But the mergers and reorganisations of the manufacturing and electrical firms in the late 1960s saw the demise of REVOís street lighting business and the Festival was no longer offered for sale.

The various installations were gradually replaced by more efficient lighting sources in the 1980s and 1990s. By the end of the 2010s, virtually all the Festivals had been removed and lost, thus mirroring many of the original buildings and structures originally erected for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Brief history of the REVO Festival








13|08|10
New scans, photometric information and formating have been added for this Street Lighting Fitting.

The provenance of my REVO B6024 swan neck bracket and REVO C13721/T has been corrected. (It turns out that my lantern and bracket is the one in the photograph of the derelict ward block).

I've started scanning and uploading a GEC catalogue from the late 1930s. It begins with a short introduction about the current theory of street lighting (and is already anticipating the final MOT Report which was published in 1937).








09|08|10
Thanks to Mike Ashworth, I know have a better and more complete copy of the REVO Street Lighting Fittings catalogue from the early 1950s. I've begun to fill in the missing pages: REVO Electric Street Lighting, Various Installations and Street Lighting Fittings.








07|08|10
And here's the REVO B6024 swan neck bracket on which the REVO C13721/T lantern is fitted.








05|08|10
Here's my REVO C13721/T lantern which has just been added to the collection.








03|08|10
Has it been so long since the last update? I've been very busy behind the scenes (scroll to the bottom).








31|03|10
... and finally concludes with the Gamma Nine.






30|03|10
The Thorn catalogue continues with the Gamma Eight...






28|03|10
I was out urban exploring yesterday and spotted some interesting survivors at a couple of sites: GEC Oxfords at one location and Metrovic Gowers at the other.






27|03|10
And the catalogue concludes with Brackets.






26|03|10
... and the Classic and Sheerline columns.






25|03|10
Introducing the Thorn Leader and Lucerna columns...






24|03|10
The REVO Small Swan Neck bracket in the collection has been rephotographed.






23|03|10
... and whoever originally scanned this catalogue missed out the Gamma Eight and Nine. So, I'll scan those later this week, but for now we conclude the Thorn lanterns with the High Tower lantern.






22|03|10
... and the Gamma Seven...






21|03|10
I have now written up the full history of the Richardson Candles.






20|03|10
... and the Gamma Six...






19|03|10
... and the Gamma Five...






18|03|10
... and the Gamma Four...






17|03|10
... and the Gamma Three...






16|03|10
... and the Gamma Two...






15|03|10
Introducing the Gamma One...






14|03|10
Here's my Thorn Beta 8 lantern and a medium Lucy bracket.






13|03|10
Before continuing with the Thorn catalogue, I thought I'd publish some more pictures of items in my collection. Today it's the extremely rare Z8256 and a medium sized Lucy bracket.

And here's some pictures which really should've remained unpublished.






12|03|10
... and the Beta 9 completes the Group B range.






11|03|10
... the Beta 8...






10|03|10
... the Beta 7...






09|03|10
... the Beta 6...






08|03|10
... the popular Beta 5...






07|03|10
... and with the Beta 2 and Beta 3 both discontinued, the next lantern is the Beta 4...






06|03|10
The side road lanterns begin with the Beta 1...






05|03|10
... and the main road range wraps up with the Alpha 10.






04|03|10
... and there was no Alpha 8 in 1972 so we skip onto the Alpha 9 ...






03|03|10
... the Alpha 7 ...






02|03|10
... the Alpha 6 ...






01|03|10
... and there was no Alpha 4 in 1972 so we skip onto the Alpha 5 ...






28|02|10
... and the Alpha 3 ...






27|02|10
... and the Alpha 2 ...






26|02|10
And we're off with the Alpha 1 ...






25|02|10
Considering the complexity of Thorn's numbering system, it's a miracle any lighting engineers managed to order a complete lantern. Collectors don't use this system either and switch to the less precise descriptive language i.e. "deep bowl Alpha 3".






24|02|10
And the street lighting section of the Highway Reference Book concludes with a sample of Sugg's Lanterns.






23|02|10
The popular (well it was at the time) Maxilla lanterns from Parkinson are next covered in the Highway Reference Book.






22|02|10
The gas section of the Highway Reference Book now moves onto Keith Blackman Ltd.






21|02|10
The gas section of the Highway Reference Book now samples some of the range by William Edgar & Son Ltd.






20|02|10
A new section brings all the previously published pages from the Highway Reference Book together. There's also an introduction to gas lighting but it appears incomplete so I'll chase up the rest of the article. The underlying principles outlined for the design of gas lanterns are also the same for the electric ones.






19|02|10
Lee Gale is back and has been taking pictures of ancient concrete columns found around North London.






18|02|10
The electrical section of the Highway Reference Book concludes with a section on the Siemens range of Wilton-Sieray Fluorescent lanterns.




17|02|10
A selection of previously unpublished REVO Lanterns are next featured in the Highway Reference Book.






16|02|10
Highway Reference Book moves onto the Metropolitan Vickers lanterns and helps flesh out their range. (And note how many of their lanterns were actually made by ELECO).






15|02|10
The GEC and Holophane entries in the Highway Reference Book have been published before, but they've now been reformatted and tidied up. The Lucy section is new.






14|02|10
The Highway Reference Book moves onto the ELECO range. This fills in many of the existing gaps, including the Golden Ray Mark I and Golden Ray Mark II lanterns, and completes the three different versions of the Welwyn. Other lanterns appear for the first time.






13|02|10
The Highway Reference Book is next to be tackled. Dating from 1951, it includes pictures and descriptions of street lighting equipment from many of the major manufacturers. The first page includes examples from BTH.






12|02|10
And the Phosco catalogue concludes with the Wall-Mounted Gear Box And Bracket, Installation Photographs and the back cover.






11|02|10
The Phosco P212 is the first high mast lantern featured on this website.






10|02|10
The last "standard" street light in the Phosco catalogue is the P211 Cut Off.






09|02|10
The various different versions of the P140 have now been added.






08|02|10
The P142 ushers in a small range of post top fluorescent lanterns.

I believe the mystery of the P141/mod has also been solved. Phosco redesigned many of their original enclosed sodium lanterns (the P120 - P128) at some point in the 1950s with smaller bowls, smaller canopies and with Oddie keys repositioned the side of the bowls instead of housed in a protrubing lip. This new range was called the P152 - P157.

The P141 was also similarly redesigned, now appearing as the P141/mod.






07|02|10
Unfortunately there isn't much information about the P141/mod: it's a modification of the P141 but there isn't any explaination for the changes nor where this lantern would be used.






06|02|10
The Phosware catalogue starts the fluorescent range with the P141.






05|02|10
Unfortunatley, whoever scanned the Phosware catalogue omitted pages 18 and 19, so the P.154/5 and P.156/7 SCO are missing from this record.

The P160/1 SCO(S) lanterns have added an element of confusion to the Phosco catalogue. The lantern pictured (a 150W SOX lantern) is strikingly different from the previous version, illustrated in a different catalogue from almost ten years previously (see below). Hopefully this difference will be explained in time.

04|02|10
More information has been added about the P152 Sodium Lantern.






03|02|10
The huge P169 Mushroom lantern merits only a profile picture and installation shot in the Phosco catalogue.






02|02|10
And the tiny P177 lantern makes its debut on this website.






01|02|10
We return to the Phosco catalogue with the P148 and P149 lanterns.






31|01|10
The Thorn Beta 2 in my collection has now been documented.






30|01|10
And the Phosware catalogue continues with the P104 and P132 lanterns.






29|01|10
The P100 and P101 lanterns are the next two lanterns briefly described in the Phosware booklet.






28|01|10
The next set of adverts from Public Lighting No 109 (June 1960) have now been published.






27|01|10
The P109/10 Georgian lantern is the second of two decorative lanterns from the Phosware range.






26|01|10
The next set of adverts from Public Lighting No 109 (June 1960) have now been published.






25|01|10
Skipping ahead slightly, the Phosco P158 lantern is next to be published.






24|01|10
The P111 Promenade lantern is the first of two decorative lanterns from the Phosware range.






23|01|10
The next set of adverts from Public Lighting No 109 (June 1960) have now been published.






22|01|10
The next few pages of the Phosco catalogue are concerned with various post top lanterns.






21|01|10
I've started uploading the first set of adverts from Public Lighting No 109 (June 1960).






20|01|10
And here's the Phosco P170/1 Post Top.






19|01|10
Dating from the late 1950s, this Siemens Ediswan Orson lanterns is one of the rarest lanterns in the collection.






18|01|10
The next Phosco lantern is the P172 Post Top. (Although this lantern has already featured on the website, albeit it as the Philips MU4).






17|01|10
Keeping with the Phosco theme, here's the Phosco P225 in my collection.






16|01|10
As my knowledge of Phosware lanterns was shown to be lacking, I've decided to concentrate next on a Phosware booklet from 1968.

And, it's amazing how many classic lanterns have yet to be documented on this website. So, we kick off with the classic, and C.o.I.D. winner, P178 Post Top.






15|01|10
A farily modern lantern, and the last low pressure sodium lantern designed by the GEC, is next to be photographed: the Whitecroft SRL35A.






14|01|10
And the final lantern for this range of GEC catalogues is the GEC Z8455 lantern.






13|01|10
I've clarified the various models and options of the Phosco P153 on the Phosco P153 (First Version) and Phosco P153 (Third Version) pages.






12|01|10
The penultimate GEC post-top lantern from this range: GEC Z8454 lantern.






11|01|10
My Phosco P153 posted on the 7th has caused some comment. It seems there were more variants of this lantern than I was aware of. (Many thanks to Simon Brown for pictures of another version).

So, with his information, I've written about the Phosco P153 (First Version) lantern in my collection. Simon Brown has the second version and I documented the third a couple of days ago.

The write-up for the third version will be modified to incorporate these changes in the next couple of days.






10|01|10
We're back to standard street lighting lanterns with the GEC Z8451 lantern.






09|01|10
This lantern was the first I obtained way back in the late 1980s. Rescued from an old derelict factory it's a Philips SXK 55 lantern.






08|01|10
And here's the third and final of GEC's railway lanterns: the GEC Z8290 Under Canopy lantern.






07|01|10
Next from the collection is the third version of the Phosco P153 lantern.






06|01|10
Here's the second of the GEC's railway lanterns: the GEC Z8288 Railway Platform lantern.






05|01|10
My early Thorn Beta 5 is the next lantern in the collection to be fully documented.






04|01|10
This is another lantern from the GEC Clearspace range which isn't directly concerned with street lighting but merits inclusion here: the GEC Z8285 Railway Platform lantern.






03|01|10
My ELECO GR525 is the next lantern in the collection to be fully documented.






02|01|10
Unfortunately, some of the pages for the GEC Z5720 & Z5725 Limpet lanterns is missing so the documentation of this lantern is incomplete. However, there is enough there to determine that this bulkhead lantern took either two GLS bulbs or a single mercury bulb.






01|01|10
The next few lanterns from the Clearspace range are rather specialised. In fact, it could be argued that they're not street lighting at all, but specialised area lighting. However, the GEC included them in their street lighting division (the 'Z' section) so I'll include them here. The first is a lantern designed specifically for Sub-Station lighting, the GEC Z5130 lantern.

The DAVIS Starline GR70 is the next lantern in my collection to be cleaned up and photographed.