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Victor S. Johnson, Sr.

Born: Feb 6, 1882

Death: Aug 29, 1943

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Victor S. Johnson, Sr.

Date of Birth : Feb 6, 1882
Date of Death : Aug 29, 1943
Birth Place : United States of America

Victor Samuel Johnson, Sr. was an American businessman who founded Aladdin Industries, best known as manufacturers of kerosene mantle lamps. In 1904, he was a bookkeeper and salesman for the Iowa Soap Company in Burlington, Iowa. After seeing German kerosene lamp models that were more efficient than American models, he formed the Western Lighting Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1907 and began selling the better lamps. On February 27, 1908 he incorporated The Mantle Lamp Company of America. Early in 1909 Johnson introduced the Aladdin lamp, which succeeded beyond all expectations and led to subsequent improved models over the next 40 years. After Johnson's unexpected death in 1943, his son, Victor Samuel Johnson, Jr. succeeded him and expanded the company.


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