Fascinating facts about Edward
Craven Walker inventor of
the Lava® Lamp
AT A GLANCE:
Edward Craven Walker got the
idea for the original lamp design after walking into a pub in Hampshire,
England and noticing a rather odd item sitting on the counter behind the
bar. He spent the next 15 years perfecting the invention so that
it could be mass-produced.
The Astro Lamp, later called the Lava Lamp, was launched in 1963 just ahead of the craze for all things
WHERE TO FIND
HOW IT WORKS
DID YOU KNOW?
patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
July 4, 1918 in Singapore
August 15, 2000 in Ringwood, Hampshire,
Lamp in 1963
||noun / trademark
device with the creation of colored globs of oozing
wax suspended in water (mixed with a cocktail of “secret ingredients”) and
encased in an illuminated glass tube..
||Great Britan # 11,555 / 64 on March 18, 1964
3,387,396 (US) issued June 11, 1968 to David George Smith. Assigned
to Crestworth Limited (Walker's UK company)
3,570,156 (US) issued March 16, 1971
to E. C. Walker
1948 Walker while visiting a pub
sees a contraption built by a Mr. Dunnett who had passed away
1948 inspired by the contraption, Walker begins a 15 year quest to make
the first liquid motion lamp
1963 Crestworth Ltd.(Walker's UK company) begins production of the Astro
1965 Adolph Wertheimer and Hy Spector, secure US rights from Walker's
1965 Lava Manufacturing Corporation formed in U.S. to sell the renamed
1973 Wertheimer and Spector sold the business to Lava-Simplex
1976 Haggerty Enterprises cleverly purchased the U.S. operation from
1995 young entrepreneur Cressida Granger bought Crestworth Ltd.,
and renamed it Mathmos
1995 Haggerty Enterprises created the division Lava World International
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Invention of the Lava Lamp
from The Great Idea Finder
History of Household Items
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Cocktail Shakers, Lava Lamps, and Tupperware: A Celebration of Lifestyle
by Wayne Hemingway, Keith Stephenson / Paperback: 144 pages / Rockport
The book combines hip graphic treatments with a level of ironic kitschness
that reflects the products featured. Internationally acclaimed pop-cultural
design aficionado Wayne Hemingway adds his uniquely witty commentary, as a
collector and champion of mass-produced interior design.
ON THE WEB:
The Mystique of the Lava Lamp
At their peak, more than seven million Lava Lamps were sold around the world
each year, but by the early 1970s the fad had run its course and sales fell
dramatically. Plus random facts section.
Mr. Craven Walker of England is definitely the one responsible for the
proliferation of all of these liquid motion lamps.
Lava World International
In 1965, an American gained the rights to the
then-called "Astro Lamp”
and began marketing it as the LAVA® brand motion lamp. In 1976, Chicago
Haggerty acquired the rights, and the company continues to be the only
manufacturer of the
LAVA® brand motion lamp worldwide.
The Historical Text Archive
Kick back, turn some groovy music on and enjoy the serene, liquid motion
of your Lava Lamp.
Article by Donald J. Mabry for The Historical Text Archive.
Lava Lamp Celebrates its 40th
Mathmos has just released a 40th anniversary range of lava-free techno lamps
including the sound-activated, mood-changing Tuba. Will this become a cult
Perhaps, but history shows you need to be prepared to endure a decade of
fashion oblivion before they become collectable.Article by Leslie Gillian
Mathmos, London England
In the 1990s Edward Craven Walker sold his rights to Cressida Granger whose
company Mathmos continues to make and market lava lamps and other related
Make your own miniature "Lava Lite"
Lava Lamp Links Page
The world wide web's penultimate (yes, I
leave it to someone else to provide the ultimate) list of links to all
things Lava Lamp on the web. Accompanied, of course, by short reviews of the
Pop Culture Cover: History of the Lava Lamp
But sadly, as the disco decade ended, so it seemed had the lava lamp's
popularity. Lava-Simplex discontinued all except of their six best-selling
lava lamp models, and even those only sold until the mid-80s, when the
company was bought by the much larger Haggerty Enterprises.
Lamps manufactured by other companies who pay Lava World for use of the lamp
configuration include: Glo-Oozy/Flo-Oozy, Space Lamp, Cosmic Lamp, etc.
by Jonas Goo
WHERE TO FIND:
Homewares / by Haggerty Enterprises Inc / ASIN:
/ model #: 5210 /
Less than $25.00
From haphazard invention to cultural icon, LAVA® brand motion lamps have
held a place in the hearts of generation after generation. To this day,
Haggerty Enterprises, Inc. is the only manufacturer of the LAVA® brand
motion lamp in the U.S..
WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you use my lamp you won’t need drugs"
-- Edward Craven Walker
"It's like the
cycle of life. It grows, breaks up, falls down, and then starts all over
again." -- Edward Craven Walker describing his invention, the lava lamp.
HOW IT WORKS:
How Liquid Motion Lamps Work
In this article, we'll look at these popular
devices to find out exactly what happens inside to produce such a
mesmerizing display. Article by Tom Harris for How Stuff Works.
DID YOU KNOW?:
- At their peak, more than seven million
Lava Lamps were sold around the world each year
- Employees take an oath of secrecy upon being hired so that the mystery of
the Lava Lamp's inner workings are never revealed.
- Lava Lamps can be seen almost every night on prime time television.
- Haggerty Enterprises, Inc is the only official manufacturer of the Lava
Brand Motion Lamp in the United States. Mathmos is the only official
manufacturer of the Lava Lamp in the UK.
- More Lava Lamps were sold in the 1990s than in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
- The Lava Lamp has been hailed an American icon by everyone ranging from
People magazine to the Smithsonian Institute.
- The Lava Brand Century Motion Lamp was the first US style created and the
Astro Lamp was the first UK style. Both are still top sellers today.
- There are over 100 different style and colour combinations of Lava lamps,
including glitter motion lamps.
- The largest Lava Lamp on the market towers over four feet tall and holds ten
gallons of the 'secret' formula.
- No two Lava Lamps are the same. They all have their own personality.
- Today there is a lava lamp on a permanent
exhibit in the Smithsonian museum, Washington, D.C., as well as a growing
trade in vintage lamps
LAVA®, LAVA® LITE®, the motion lamp configuration
and the base and globe of the motion lamp are registered trademarks of
Haggerty Enterprises, Inc
Sources in BOLD Type.
page revised April 6, 2007.