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February 26, 2009

Fun Vintage Find – GE Celeste Lightbulb

A lot of the time when I thrift, I come across stuff that is just awesome.  Stuff that calls out to me, that seduces me, that makes it impossible for me to walk away without buying it. This is the stuff that I really have no practical use for, that I just squirrel away because it is just so cool it can’t be given up.  I suppose that is part of the reason I thrift, it is that junkie-type thrill of THE FIND that keeps me going.

Oddly enough, that thrill is also responsible for turning me into a packrat. 

And this is the newest addition to my little thrift nest.  A vintage GE Celeste lightbulb, still in the package. I love this so much, I am going to post photos of the whole thing. Celeste Bulb Front It is really something, isn’t it?  This sucker is HUGE, about 9 inches tall. Ahem….there is a dirty joke there, but I am not going to type anything about it being phallic. Nope. Nothing at all.

Close-up Celeste BulbYes, package. You are right. It is quite the beauty!Celeste Bulb SideIt looks like there are pink versions, too!  Why am I just finding out about this now???

And another wonderful part. It even comes with lip-smacking decorating ideas:

Celeste Bulb Ideas 3Celeste Bulb Ideas 2Celeste Bulb Ideas 1

So very, very pretty.  I think I love the bathroom, with the little chrome-legged sink, most of all. 

By the way, this is from the local ReStore for 50 cents. Score.

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5 Responses to Fun Vintage Find – GE Celeste Lightbulb

  1. Tiffany Reply

    February 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    What a neat find. I’ve never seen these before! Very cool.

    Thanks for linking up for Good Stuff Thursdays. Would you mind editing your post and adding a link back to my place? Much appreciated!

  2. 50s Pam Reply

    February 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I LOVE IT! Have never seen anything quite like it. Will feature it on my site, too, with a link back to your blog. Wow!

  3. retroruth Reply

    February 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks, Tiff & Pam!

    Feel free to feature whatever you would like, Pam. I am honored!

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  5. Larry Reply

    December 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    The Celeste lamp was made probably in the 1960’s. I have one still (no packaging, ’cause it was in use!). Mine is pink, my mother had a couple and my brother is still using his, last time I asked. These things have been in use for decades.

    Yes. For GE this was something new. They called it a “bulb” when the company line was to call them “lamps.” But more important, they lasted almost forever. This made them great for ceiling installations. They were decorative all by themselves, and they didn’t need changing. The trouble was, since they lasted so long, they didn’t need replacing, either.

    The one I have does not say GE on it. Another small fact: they could be removed easily from the socket even years and years later because GE used whale oil at the time to lubricate the lamp bases.

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