Posted 7 years ago
Victor Samuel Johnson made the Aladdin mantle lamp a household word throughout America. Born February 6, 1882, in a sod farmhouse five miles south of Minden, Nebraska, he grew up on that farm, studying his school lessons by the flame of a common kerosene lamp. He learned his lessons well, and by 1904 was a bookkeeper and salesman for the Iowa Soap Company in Burlington, Iowa.
In 1905 Johnson first saw the superior light produced by a German kerosene mantle burner, the “Practicus.” This lamp was imported into the USA by the Connecticut Trading Company. Remembering the poor light by which he studied as a youth, Johnson recognized the potential for sales of mantle lamps in rural areas. At last, people without electricity could have good light. this one is a model 23 made in the early 1900's.