Updated 01-V-2020


Very little information has been found concerning the Buffalo Lamp Works of General Electric. It is known only that it was operating at least between the years 1927-1940 at the address below, and that it manufactured miniature lamps including Christmas Tree and automotive types. At its peak it employed around 600 men. By 1932 this had fallen to around 300 owing to reduced demand for automotive lamps, as well as severe competition from imports of cheap Christmas lamps from Japan and Germany. The factory manager, Robert O. Poag, announced that the facility would therefore be closed down on October 31st 1932. It is not known whether the factory did in fact close on that date, or was perhaps re-opened later because there are other news reports that indicate it was still operational as late as 1940.

Address Buffalo Lamp Works of General Electric, 1495 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
Location 42.9145°N, -78.8383°E.
Opened Prior to 1927.
Closed After 1940.
Products Miniature incandescent lamps.

References & Bibliography
  1. Senior Engineers Visit Factories on Eastern Trip, The Kentucky Kernel, 20th April 1928, p.5.
  2. General Electric Buffalo Lamp Works to Close, The San Antonio Light, 19th October 1932, p.20.
  3. General Electric Buffalo Lamp Works to Close, Daily News from New York, 20th October 1932, p.280.
  4. Clay T. Vaughan Named Master Mechanic of Lamp Works Under Construction, The Circleville Herald, 8th July 1948, p.1.
  5. General Electric Reveals Two Easthampton Appointments, The Schenectady Gazette, 4th October 1943, p.3.
  6. Address of General Electric Buffalo Lamp Works, 1936-37.
  7. Family Tree History of Blanche Margaret Legro, employee of Buffalo Lamp Works 1937-38.
  8. Family Tree History of Jack S. Johnston, p.8, employee of Buffalo Lamp Works 1938-40.