TV Lamps, Page One
TV lamps were quite a phenomenon in the '50s and '60s, sparked by a perceived need to soften the contrast between the television screen and a darkened room. But their success, however brief, was perhaps due more to their decorative aspects. These lamps were made in great numbers at Texans Incorporated, and are undoubtedly the products the company is best known for. They are presented here in the approximate order in which they were initially released, but it must be stressed that this is an approximation, as company production records no longer exist. While not foolproof, it appears that the sequence of model numbers closely represents the order in which the lamps were introduced. There could be others, but the thirty-one TV lamp designs shown here are the only ones known.
This A505 panther, clearly the most popular of the eight "pre-Kron" TV lamps, was made by other potteries as well. The source of the original design is unknown.
The B-21 Planterlite TV Lamp. No confirmed examples are known, but the same design is sometimes found with a Harlaco marking.
A back view shows this to be what might be called a "stage 1" version, with the light fixture almost completely enclosed.
The model T70 was a distinctive design, with an almost identical lamp made by American Art Potteries in Morton, Ill.
Called the K119 Sportsman, this mallard was the first TV lamp designed by Howard Kron, and heralded the many distinctive products that were to come.
From the back it can be seen where the duck and planter, two separate castings, were fused together during firing.
The mallard was also done in a stained finish that was surprisingly effective at simulating woodgrain.
Rather like an abstract version of the comedy-tragedy masks, the curved base of the K136 "Modern Flare" was inspired by the awning of a Dallas building.
This K140 Planter Lamp is incomplete, missing the gold animal figurine that would straddle the two points.
The rare K163 Steer Head TV lamp is a wonderful testament to the skill and imagination of the Kron-Gunter design team.