Helo Leuchten Brass Desk Lamp
Materials: Brass, cream/vanilla painted brass round lampshade, white painted inside. Cream/vanilla painted cast iron base. Brass socket.
Height: 35 cm / 13.77”
Lampshade: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Base: 4 x 10 cm / 1.57 x 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Helo Leuchten, Am Schwalbanger 48, 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, Germany.
Other versions: The lampshade of this Helo Leuchten brass desk lamp was used for several other lamps, also in different colours as you can see in the movies.
Helo was founded in the 1930s by Henry Gerhard Senior as Elektrogeschäfts Helo in the city of Breslau, at that time a German city. Today a Polish city named Wroclaw.
He fled to Neuburg with his family in 1945 with only a flashlight and some pictures. The three shops were destroyed in a night of bombing. The Helo Leuchten company was registered after World War 2 in 1946 in Neuburg (Neuburg an der Donau). Helo is derived from Henry and his son Lothar.
From old war material such as brass and aluminum from the airfield, he begins with the production of work lamps, today we say industrial lighting.
The company grows fast and moves twice in a couple of years to the address of today.
The company Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG, Lichttechnische Spezialfabrik from Neheim-Hüsten acquires the rights to use the Helo brand and individual models, such as the “commissaire” lamp, the 6631 Luxus. Today (2018) produced by Lightyears/Fritz Hansen.
Lothar Gerhard, who took over the company after Henry Gerhard’s death in 1964, sees himself forced to gradually abandon the factory and transform the company into the trading company it is today. Helo is now owned by Henry Gerhard Junior, his son and since 1980 a member of the Expert group.
Lamps in the movies!
A Helo Leuchten brass desk lamp (another model in green) was used as a prop in the biographical comedy-drama film Stan & Ollie (2018). Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
A Helo Leuchten brass desk lamp (also a green one) was used as a prop in the German film Ballon from 2018. A movie about two families from the GDR who flew to West Germany with a homemade hot-air balloon in 1979. It was used in an East German house what is very unlikely at that time. Helo was a West German lighting company and the East was communist and had his own lighting firms, cars, motorcycles and so on. Everything that was sold came from behind the Iron Curtain.
Links and sources (external links open in a new window)
Helo Expert website
Neuburg an der Donau on Wikipedia
Website of the city Neuburg
Wrocław on Wikipedia
Derricks Schreibtischlampe kam aus Neuburg – article in the Augsburger Algemeine Newspaper
Derrick (TV series) on Wikipedia
Designretter – website about German light producers
Kaiser-Leuchten on Wikipedia
Stan & Ollie film (2018) – Wikipedia
Stan & Ollie film (2018) – IMDb
Het geluk komt morgen (1958) – Wikipedia