American Gas Machine lamps

The American Gas Machine Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota,
made this Model P-66 torch lighting table lamp.
The shade on this lamp, which is in John Carriere's collection,
is not original.

Another early gasoline table lamp,
perhaps another P66 by AGM or a similar Nulite model,
which would have been made by National Stamping & Electric Works, Chicago.
In the Strauss's collection,
Bruce repaired a broken tip cleaning lever
and soldered a cast burner cage support to get it running (right image).

AGM made this torch lighting Model 176 lamp
for use on the tops of pianos or roll-top desks.
The lamp could be hung over the edge to light the keys or objects below.
This 400 cp lamp, in Dwayne Hanson's collection,
is outfitted with an original green cased shade for this model.

Two versions of AGM lamp Model P67 -
a presumably earlier version, left images, with a open conical air intake,
and what we believe to be a later version, right images, with an air intake that can be regulated.
The presumably earlier version appears in a 1912 catalog
while what we believe to be a later version is in a 1916 catalog (McRae).
These lamps are in Glenn Knapke's collection.

In addition to making a Model P67 torch lighting lamp,
AGM also made an early generator version - Model P67-5.
This lamp, in Darcy Vantiger's collection, includes an original 1401E22 shade
that was one of the choices for this model in the 1917 AGM catalog.
AGM described the shade as having an "Acid etched background
with sand blasted poppy design."

This lamp, in Ronnie Hardison's collection, is very similar to Model P67-5 above
but the generator lacks the built-in tip cleaner
and has an access above the orifice to use a separate pricker (right).

This Model 1200 match lit lamp includes a tip cleaner.
It has the same burner assembly as AGM Model 1250 lantern.
The shade holder (right image) is raised to position the shade correctly.
The tip cleaner on this short-lived model was difficult to use
because the wire became very hot from the mantles (middle image).
This lamp is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.

Model 777 Arklite was described in AGM Catalog 22 in 1917
as the "...ideal lamp for circuses, carnivals, tent shows, parks, pavilions,
Chautauqua tents, tent and camp meetings, etc."
This 12 pound lamp is 10 1/2" high x 12" in diameter,
and is in Bob Fladung's collection.
The image on the right is a view of the burner from below.

AGM made this P72 Model table lamp.
This double mantle torch lighting model produces 600 cp.
The tip cleaner is pointing up, above the mantles.
The vertical air tube is brightly lit by the mantles in this image.
This lamp is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.

AGM sold this Model 53 lamp in the 1920's.
This single mantle, match lighting model
still runs well (left image.)
This lamp, in James "smitty" Smith's collection, has an old Coleman R55 generator
and includes an original AGM 5185 opal white shade.
The burner (right) is the same as on the Model 57 lantern from the same period.

This AGM lamp, in Ed Hollis's collection,
has an earlier burner than their Ready Lite burner;
 so the lamp perhaps dates to the mid 1920's, according to Neil McRae.
Neil further notes that the lamp may be as their Model "...595
which was made for off brand sales in the UK as Stanleys
and may also have been made for the US mail order [companies]."

An AGM 253 Model lamp with the original shade.
This model requires a separate pump.
It has the L38 burner (right image).
This lamp is in Shirley Willard's collection.

Model 254 was an American Ready-Lite model.
This lamp has an old L109 match lighting generator with built-in tip cleaner
and the L38 burner.
The logo on the side of the lamp states: RIVALS THE SUN.
This model appears in AGM No 32 catalog circa 1927.

AGM Model 256 has a carburetor valve.
It is a Ready Lite model as 254 above and with the same burner.
The finish is described as Verd green and bronze
in Catalog No. 35 circa 1928.
The pump (left in the right image) differs
in minor details from the 256A pump (right in the right image).
This lamp is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.

AGM Model 256-A lamp differs from Model 256 above
in having a forest green and jet black finish on the fount and handle
as well as minor differences in the pump (above right image).
This lamp is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.

Model 291 was one of a series of 3 models
that used the same parts as Model 256 above
but were painted, rather than plated,
and came with parchment art shades (missing).
The protective mica globe is as original for these lamps
that appeared in a Dec. 1930 magazine ad.
This lamp is in James "smitty" Smith's collection.

Model 110 is from the same time period as the preceding Model 256.
This two mantle lamp came with the mica globe and a parchment shade.
The lamp fount is finished in black paint and has a black fiber handle
so this greyscale composite image shows the lamp well.
This instant lighting lamp is in Neil McRae's collection.

AGM made this Sunflame Model 3076
Instant Lighting table lamp.
The cream paint with gold trim is
the original paint on this lamp,
which is in Craig Seabrook's collection.


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