Q: In the attic of an old Wisconsin farmhouse we found several Aladdin kerosene lamps, some of which were converted to electricity. How can we find out their value, and where we can sell them?
A: Collectors of Aladdin oil and electric lamps belong to the Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light. For information, or to sell Aladdin lamps and check out their values, write to J. W. Courter, Route 1, Simpson, Ill. 62985, enclosing a photo or description of the lamps and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone (618) 949-3884. An annual Aladdin Knights membership and bimonthly newsletter are $20 from the same address. Also available is the book "Aladdin -- The Magic Name in Lamps" ($17.95 postpaid) and the corresponding "Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide -- No. 13" ($5.95 postpaid); "Aladdin Electric Lamps" ($27.95 postpaid) and the corresponding "Aladdin Electric Lamps Price Guide -- No. 1" ($5.95 postpaid); and the booklet "Record Prices of Aladdin Lamps -- 1977 to 1990" ($2 postpaid).
Highly prized are the Aladdin figurine electric lamps of the 1930s and '40s, some of which command four-figure sums, such as those shaped like figures of art deco-type nude women. Aside from table lamps, there are Aladdin floor lamps, hanging fixtures, bracket lamps, railroad caboose lamps, student lamps, novelty lamps and candlestick types including the Aladdinette Everlasting Candle, a night light and vaporizer for a child's room.