Classic film studio light made by BEATTIE lights, a division of OTTO K. OLESEN COMPANY Hollywood, CA c.1930's
This unit is from the "Derelict Series" lots of signs of being worked hard but beat up in all the right places (super cool look)...
This unit is not very bright - but it is the perfect night light; I know because it is currently in my bedroom being my night light!
Rewired with standard Edison socket and bulb to be used as a standing lamp. Light Fixture & Vintage baby rolling Stand (adjustable height from 4' to 8' feet) houndstooth cord with inline switch. Metal housing, aluminum, and bronze details, 6" inch Fresnel lens. Completely refurbished while still keeping its vintage look intact.
Disassembled, Stripped, Restored, & Repurposed. All functions are working properly Tilt, Pan, and Spot / Flood
[All components historically correct]
Otto K. Olesen was the first to provide lights for shooting motion pictures inside a studio. Hollywood's original illumination engineer was inducted into the Scandinavian American Hall of Fame in California, at the Nordic Spirit Symposium. Otto K. Olesen, who died in 1964, emigrated from Denmark to California in 1911 as a 20-year-old college graduate. Starting with two abandoned military searchlights, he developed his lighting technique and within a few years launched the use of lighting for premieres. He was the first to provide lights for shooting motion pictures inside a studio. He went on to become the first lighting engineer for the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Coliseum. He provided the lighting for the 1927 grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood and the 1937 opening ceremony of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which utilized 500 searchlights fed by 30 miles of cable.
“But for purists like John Scarpati, a Virginia photographer who restores and sells these lights in small batches, the only way to showcase them is in their original form – dents and all. “I still disassemble every part and do a complete off-frame restoration; I just don’t over-polish,” he says. “These lights exude an unparalleled sense of aesthetics.” His collection consists mainly of Hollywood classics: Mole-Richardson, Otto K Olesen and Bardwell & McAlister, whose imposing keg lights with metal roller stands and 6in Fresnel lenses are particularly sought-after.”
- Financial Times
“American photographer John Scarpati has taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy examples. made between the 1920s and 1940s, each light is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with a vintage stand or tripod. They exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by cheaply mass-produced repros, yet ironically, the lights in his Etsy shop actually cost less than the replicas available in upscale malls. ‘my personal favorite finish is a heavy, industrial, vibe,’ explains scarpati. ‘completely refurbished, but still keeping its vintage look intact. less of a polished finished and more real deal.’”
“Restoring these old beauties is definitely a labor of love for Scarpati. After tracking down one or two of these rare creatures stashed in a forgotten corner of some cavernous L.A. warehouse — a feat in itself — he gets them to his personal workshop, where he completely breaks down each to its individual parts. Every knob, lens and metal component is cleaned, stripped and refinished, with impossibly rare missing parts found and fitted. Often, lamps and stands are discovered separately. Scarpati is a stickler for detail, so he actually insists on matching every light to a stand made by the same manufacturer. New wiring, a fresh bulb suitable for home use, and you’re good to go. If by now you’re realizing that all this entails a tremendous amount of sleuthery and hard work, you are correct. Occasionally, the internet will offer up a similar example of industrial hardware from Hollywood’s golden age. But nobody, nobody, even comes close to this level of restoration.”
- Royal Circus
“Vintage Hollywood lights re-purposed as modern works of art. Over the three decades music photographer John Scarpati’s lens has chronicled rock, metal and punk acts including Poison, Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, New York Dolls and Rush. Scarpati has most recently taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy lights to restore for domestic use. The lights were usually made between the 1920's and 1940’s, each is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with vintage stand or tripod. They exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by mass-produced reproductions.”
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