|1950s swan TV lamp. Image from the Johnson Historical Society.|
|Unusual clock//TV lamp combination. Image from the Canadian Clock Museum.|
The TV lamps were very often ceramic and lit from behind. Some of the more popular, imaginative themes included animals -(dogs, siamese cats, horses, panthers, ducks), decorative figurines, greek mythology, mermaids, boats, cars or flowers, leaves and trees - there were literally hundreds of different designs as almost everyone who owned a television during the height of the fad, bought a lamp to go on the top. So varied were the designs that it would probably be near impossible to collect one of each. Some of the TV lamps even doubled as pot plant holders or vases. Indeed, many claim the pottery industry was rescued by the TV lamp craze.
|1950s designer lights, including TV Lamps. Image by Black-Afro at Flickr|