USSR Rocket Table Lamp
Materials: Red translucent plastic. Black plastic base with gold coloured graphics. Some metal parts. Transformer inside. Bakelite parts. Chromed plastic rocket on top.
Height: 38,5 cm / 15.15”
Base: ∅ 15,5 cm / 6.10”
Electricity: 1 bulb E10, 1 x 5 watt max, 6 volt. Works on 220 volt, but can be used on 110 volt, it is a normal transformer inside. When 110 volt is used the bulb should be 3 volt or it gives 2.5 watt.
It can also be used as a bedside lamp or night lamp.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised. Without any doubt a Russian state-owned company.
Other versions: This USSR rocket table lamp exists in several varieties.
On the bottom of this table lamp is written ЦEHA, translated: Price. 16 00 P K. The P is Ruble the K is Kopecs. Ruble: The basic monetary unit of Russia and some other former republics of the Soviet Union, equal to 100 kopeks.
Often said that these lamps are made by Yuzhmash, but that is a rocket factory in Ukraine founded in 1954. At that time state owned by the Soviets. This lamp is made after the design of the Conquerors of Space rocket needle build in Moscow in 1964, as you can see. It is 107 meters (350 feet) tall.
This table lamp is a propaganda souvenir to celebrate Russia’s victory in outer space with the launch of the first rocket around the earth with a cosmonaut; a human passenger.
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit around the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Russian Space Web, a website by Anatoly Zak, a Russian space historian and journalist.
The Soviet Space Program on the website of the CIA.
Russian propaganda milestone graphics