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Doud Lighting Mnf Co

Doud Lighting Co

216 N Jefferson St. Chicago Ill USA




It seems that Doud Lighting Mnf Co was set up around 1909. Prior to that year Eli Houghton Doud was president of the Acorn Brass Manufacturing Co but was involved in an acrimonious lawsuit concerning bonds and loans, but was deposed by shareholders in September 1909. Eli and his brother James Doud were cleared of the charges at a trial in October. It seems probable that they then set up their own lighting company, perhaps taking with them the manufacturing skills and knowledge acquired at Acorn.



Report in the Chicago Daily Tribune, 8th October 1909


With a year they were advertising for experienced salesmen to sell their gasoline lighting systems, so it appears they were involved with hollow wire systems at that time. New incorporations listed in the Chicago Tribune at that time show Benjamin S Doud and James M Doud with H Herriman with a capital of $5000 as "manufacturers of gasoline, alcohol, kerosene and petroleum lamps and lighting systems" (Chicago Tribune 22 Dec 1909 p 19). Bear in mind that $5000 was a heap of money in those days! Doud Lighting used the brand names "X-Ray" and "Supreme" for their system lighting at this time.



Advert from December 1910


So the Doud Lighting Co operated out of Chicago in the early part of the 20th Century. They manufactured and sold hollow wire systems under the brand "Supreme" and later became involved with free standing lamps. Adresses I'm aware of for this company include 216 N Jefferson Street, Chicago in 1911, then 174 N Sangamon Street, Chicago in 1912 and 1459 Congress Street Chicago in 1922.


Doud 1912

This advert from Popular Mechanics Magazine, October 1912 shows both hollow wire and free standing lamps.


Hollow wire systems were the predominant type during the early years, and there is some evidence that Doud Lighting exported their products to other countries. In September 1918 The Register  (a newspaper in Adelaide, Australia) carried a report on The Royal Show, an exhibition mainly of rural industrial machinery. Doud Lighting were showing in the Machinery Hall, and the report says "The Doud is of the latest American design, approved by fire insurance companies. The gas is not generated in the tank, and the danger of an explosion is therefore entirely eliminated. The Doud is so completely constructed that it can be moved and transported quite easily, and any plumber can erect the plant. The petrol consumption is only 4 percent to 96 percent air, reducing the cost of oil to an almost negligible amount. For household use, stores, or the dairy this outfit is invaluable"  The report clearly is referring to a hollow wire system and there is no mention of individual lanterns.

Ten years on, the company was still advertising lamps and systems for sale, but had moved to new premises in Congress Street, Chicago,  and were promoting kerosene as a fuel along with fully portable lanterns.


 Advert from Popular Mechanics Magazine Dec 1922


Advert from Popular Mechanics Magazine Jan 1923



Twin mantle table lamp model No. 1


This 300cp twin mantle gasoline lamp (similar to the one shown in the first advert above) could also be hung from a central rod. The tip cleaner was operated by an arm and chain similar to the mechanism made by the Imperial Brass Co. The lamp is marked "Model 1" 

Lamp photos were kindly provided by Jim Grey

James Doud died in 1926 and Eli Doud died in 1928, so what happened to the company after that?


Note: nothing to do with pressure lamps, but Mamie Doud (the daughter of Eli Doud's other brother John)  became First Lady of the United States - she was married to President Dwight Eisenhower



Terry Marsh (pers comm)

Jim Grey (pers comm)

Popular Mechanics Magazine, Oct 1912 p153    (318 W. Washington Street, Chicago)

Popular Mechanics Magazine Dec 1922 p144

Popular Mechanics Magazine Jan 1923 p147

The Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct 8th 1909, p10

St Louis Star and Times, 11 Dec 1910, p16


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