In Margo in the early 1970s, ceramics were all the rage. The community college gave classes in town and they were popular as all get-out.
60 YEARS AGO – September 24, 1959- MARGO: Potatoes weighing from 3 to 3½ pounds are on display at Otterdahls’ store. At a glance they resemble vegetable marrow. They were brought in by Mr. and Mrs. F. Bohl and Mr. and Mrs. O Haarstad.
-From Looking Back, Wadena News
I bought these lamps for 10 bucks at a yard sale in Wadena this summer because they were tall. I’d be able to sit next to one and get good light for reading. But also, unless I was sitting right beside one, there would be no glare in my eyes; an opaque or glass shade doesn’t work and I like a low light in the room while watching TV. Any shade that the lightbulb shines too brightly through will irritate me; the glow needs to be well diffused unless I’m sitting near the lamp to read.
At first I joked that they were the “ugliest lamps in the world,” which didn’t matter because someday soon I’d happen upon a pair of lamps that I’d fall in love with and purchase and they’d be perfect. I’ve been telling myself this for some years and it never happens. We don’t go shopping if we can avoid it, and if we have to go to the city for some reason, by the time we’re done with necessities and appointments, who wants to add one more stop to the list? With relief we hit the road home — a highway drive of an hour or two, depending upon which city we’re visiting.
I can think something is ugly and if I keep it around a while, I start liking it. That’s started happening with these lamps. So I figure — try the “shade” fix — maybe it will make all the difference.
I’ve looked online at Wayfair so far:
and am leaning toward a burlap shade, one that will not sit so high as these do, will have no pleats, and the sides will be vertical with no slant.
I wonder if, since I want the lamplight to spread widely beneath the shades (remember, it’s all about illuminating the print in my books), I need to buy shades larger than the diameter of the ones you see here.
-the lamp bases are 9″ in diameter
-the lamp shades are 14″ in diameter around the bottom
These shades sit too high, and the “works” or “guts” of the electrical part are visible beneath the lower perimeter of the shade. That bugs me.
Since taking these pictures, I’ve removed one of the shades and put it on another lamp, where it is just right. It’s all about the right shade for any lamp, I say.
Have you got ideas?
The lamp (base and long neck) is 22″ tall.
During my online shade-shopping I’ve learned that there are standard ratios between base diameter and lower-shade diameter that facilitate the most pleasing, balanced visuals. No kidding! I didn’t know all that detail before, but there was never any doubt that a lamp shade that doesn’t suit the base drives me crazy. This has been going on for years because I don’t go out of my way to make a shopping trip and I don’t really trust online photos of lamp shades. I go on about my days and ignore the eye torture as often and as long as I can.
Oh my my, my troubles! I have two other pairs of lamps without the correct shades — except for the one I’ve recently discovered fits right.
Next: should I toast my freshly baked bread this morning or have it plain, with my friend Cathy’s rhubarb marmalade? So many weighty decisions to be made, whatever shall I do.