WWII World War II DACO-LITE Hand Generate Flashlight
WWII World War II DACO-LITE Hand Generate Flashlight No Batteries Tropicalized Dec 1944 Vintage Works. The DACO-LITE was made by and is marked on both sides, “DAYTON ACME CO. CINCINNATI, OHIO, USA”. It is also marked, “PATENT APPLIED FOR”. On the right side it is also marked, “TROPICLAIZED DECEMBER, 1944”. There is an inspection mark on the bottom. The lens appears to have a crack radiating outwardly from near the center toward 7 o’clock, but it must be minimal or on the inside as I do not feel it with a fingernail. This is without the spare bulb these were designed to carry. Otherwise it is in good vintage condition. The flashlight is army green in color. It works.
To operate the flashlight, release the hinged lever, which runs down the front of the handgrip, from the retaining clip. The bottom of the lever will spring forward. Swiftly pull the lever back flush with the front of the handgrip. You will hear a whirling sound and will see light for a brief time. Release the lever to enable it to move forward, and repeat. When done, swing the retaining clip over the bottom of the lever.
There are no batteries to die or leak. It can be handy to have in the car or home. How neat, a piece of history for which there is practical use!