Dietz Little Wizard Lantern, circa 1913. Globe is a LOC-NOB. LOC-NOB refers to the pair of ears on a Dietz lantern globe used to keep the globe from falling out when tilting the globe plate for lighting or trimming of the wick. This lantern features a globe which appears to have been altered with paint or some other form of red material. It is unclear if this improvised coloring would have been used to signal stop or danger.

In the 1950's a special large tank version was introduced that had the same size tank as the streamline Blizzard and D-Lite lanterns. The Little Wizard was used on street barricades prior to the development of battery powered strobe flashers. Custom imprinted lanterns were ordered for government agencies, cities and municipalities so that ownership was never in question.

information provided is altered from W.T. Kirkman Lanterns.

Date of Entry


Lantern Type

Signal Lantern

Globe Type

Tall Globe

Material Type


Height (Inches)

11 1/2

Height with Handle Extended (inches)

16 1/4


7 3/4


History | United States History



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