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1950s Rockabilly 3 Shades Floor Lamp

Materials: 3 black painted metal (iron) rods. Black faux crocodile/alligator skin glued on a round metal base. 3 brass goose-necks and cylindrical, tubular cardboard lampshades. 3 Bakelite sockets.

Height: 190 cm / 74.80” – max height – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 23 x 12 cm / 9.05 x 4.72”

Base: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”

Electricity: bulbs E27, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Aro-Leuchte(n) GmbHArnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: This 1950s rockabilly 3 shades floor lamp was probably made in several sizes. Also lamps with other lampshades exists.

This floor lamp has cardboard lampshades. In Germany they call it a tütenlampe, a nice word for a paper bag lamp. The base is made in faux crocodile, it is rarely seen. The lampshades of this floor lamp have been painted in soft green, probably somewhere in the seventies or eighties. Tastes changed, it happened more often.


Aro-Leuchten GmbH was founded in 1969 as a family business. It ended business in 2006. Not much to be found about the company. Today, the website is offline. The url was Mister Matthias Arnold was the managing director. The company was specialised in lamps made of acrylic in stead of glass. You can find several examples here on Vintageinfo.

1950s Rockabilly 3 Shades Floor Lamp - Faux crocodile base