A reader writes:
Great writeup on the Mazda light bulb. I stumbled on your website while researching something. Remember the old Mills Brothers song from the 30s or 40s about the glow worm? One of the couplets in the last verse talks about a vest pocket Mazda. Since the song is about a glowing worm, Im sure the reference is to a Mazda light bulb. Do you have any idea to what the words "vest pocket Mazda" might be referring? (I know they sometimes used non-sense words just for the sake of tempo and rhyme.) Thanks.
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That's kind of a head-scratcher. That said, 80 years ago, when somebody made something about the size of a pocket watch or cigarette lighter, they said it was "vest-pocket" sized.
Everready, who made Mazda lamps once advertised a "vest pocket" flashlight. I've attached an image from an early 1900s electrical magazine.
I wonder if these were more popular than I thought.
Best of luck - Paul
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