Here are pictures of my road flares. They are stamped "King Bee" Leakproof and patent applied for. I suppose they aren't real common as people often ask about them.
Per my inquiry yesterday, thanks for the great closeup photos. Best $5.00 you've spent in a while!
Yeah--win one once in a while. They were covered in surface rust and the guy thought it was a tractor muffler. I feel just a little guilty but the hours I spent with Gibbs Lube and a scouring pad offsets that to some degree!
I have an old metal box wit 3 round pot type flares. The box has a
good stylized King Bee paint job.
Same folks I suppose. Got a picture?
I don't remember ever seeing that kind before, the ones I used to see when I was a kid looked more like a cannon ball with a wick and cap on the top.
Martin those black round ones were the only ones I was familiar with before I got that old truck I posted on Cale Miller's thread. They were used by road crews to indicate hazards. I think these were just a generic automotive accessory in the teens and twenties.
We are playing the sub-zero temps game here, so rooting about
looking for that box doesn't sound too appealing, but I'll be forced
out into the shop over the weekend. I think I know where I put it (?)
Chilly even way down here near the gulf. Mid twenties by morning so my old truck with no doors will be darn cold for an old Cajun who thinks any thing under 75 is nice and cool. Going to breakfast anyway!!
This is the kind Martin is talking about. As John says, they were used around hazards and road construction sites before flashing yellow electric lights came along.
My dad used to use them to heat the motor on something in the winter. I used 2 of them to heat the motor on my H model International tractor in Montana at 20 below zero. It worked.
Martin's comment... "cannon ball with a wick" rang quite familiar for me. When I was a small child, when riding in the car with Mom and Dad, any time I saw those things, I could in NO way be convinced that they weren't going to explode any second. Always pleaded for us to hurry up and get past them.
Here's one we have on display.
Gee Thanks Jay, Now you have traumatized me all over again! Their not near as scary when not lit. Something about all that dark sooty ominous looking flame... Love the cartoon! I think that character was the one responsible for my childhood fears! If I recall, that was one of Heckle and Jeckle?
Spy vs spy, Mad Magazine.
Steve J. forgot to mention that before the advent of the battery powered amber flashing light there were Kerosene lanterns with red lens used to mark hazards and construction zones.
Some of the larger cities even had lanterns make with their name embossed into the fuel tank. I recall seeing a Dietz lantern with Los Angeles and either P. W. (public works) or DWP (Dept of Water and Power) embossed into the fuel tank.
Evan in Paso
I remember the black bomb looking ones from when I was a kid. I don't remember being scared of them, but I do remember asking why they were sitting out on the side of the road in a construction zone. This would have been in the mid to late 60's. I also have a vague memory of seeing my first police car with a blue light rather than red. Would have been about the same time period.