EMBURY NO. 210 SUPREME
COMMISSIONED BY THE WORKS PROJECT ADMINISTRATION (W.P.A.) FOR THE 1936 RURAL ELECTRIFYING ACT ENACTED BY PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. It was found in a deserted mine in the Mohave Desert.
The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, enacted on May 20, 1936, provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States. The crews, themselves, need Kerosene Lanterns for light and the U.S. government purchased lanterns from Embury and other mfgs. The lanterns them had a ‘badge’ soldered on the fount of the lantern for property identification. The badge on this lantern is copper.
Over time, as electricity was brought to the farms and homes, the majority of Kerosene lanterns were discarded. Same with any of the lanterns that were used by the W.P.A. workers. This is truly a rare and historical find.
This identical WPA lantern is owned by Robert Smith. I honestly did not think that another identical WPA lantern would surface, but it did. Keep in mind that once electricity was brought to the rural areas, these lanterns were usually discarded as the owners saw no further value in them.
"Found at a thrift store in Glendora, CA, this Embury 210 Supreme with it's copper
WPA tag on the fount, is a very rare
survivor of the mid to late 30s. This one was used by the WPA for it's rural electrification project, of 1936."