Balloon Inflator Lamp

March 7th, 2016 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
35 users recommend

Carnival Junk!
Pre-repurposing. As soon as I found this thing I knew I had to turn it into a lamp.
Scrounging through my pile of electrical junk I found a vintage light socket...perfectly crusty. I rebuilt it so you wont get electrocuted. 
A vintage hose reel looks like a mini ferris wheel. Ya just gotta keep the canival theme going.
What a crying shame the label is ripped.
From whats left I can make out…Balloon Inflator. 
An old lamp shade frame and Edison bulb. 
The original aluminum nozzel is tappered to allow for different size balloons.
More fairground junk...carnival sign and pair of clown stilts.
Pump away!
The wooden handle goes up and down and pumps air through the hose and then into a balloon.
I already had a box of old carnival balloons. Jeez...the piles of stuff I have in my basement!
Carnival Junk!

Carnival Junk!

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2016)

I bought an old balloon inflator from a retired carnie living (holed up) in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The crazy old guy had some pretty cool vintage fairground stuff stashed in the back seat and trunk of a 1969 Chevy Nova…I wanted the car too! Anyway, I turned the pump into a lamp…like I need another one. He wouldn’t part with the car.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2016)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, industrial, light fixture, lamp, jim healy, junk architect, balloon inflator

Comments (10)

Dinantiques writes: OMG...I love it! Your diversity amazes me. You can create a fun lamp like this and then shock everyone with a beautiful jelly cupboard, table, etc. You never let us down!
Posted: 11:32 am on March 20th
anythingintoalamp writes: that is really sweet looking good job Posted: 5:12 pm on March 16th
just_old_stuff writes: Jim, what I love about your lamps is the parts you use compliment each other. They all come from the same era, as with this one. Such a fun lamp! Posted: 9:38 am on March 14th
MakinItHappen writes: That's hilarious! I would love to walk through your house when it's all lit up with crazy lamps! And your basement must be a trip through time. I love it! Posted: 8:39 am on March 14th
JunkArchitect writes: Thank you, Silvertips!

It's from the U.S. and means dollars. Strange they didn't use the dollar sign.


Posted: 4:39 pm on March 9th
Silvertips writes: Great piece! Jim you always amaze. Did the piece come from elsewhere in the world as the Admission Price is odd ie: Adults 6D Children under 14 3D or does that actually mean dollars?

Posted: 1:05 pm on March 9th
gadgetsponge writes: Absolute killer Jim. The stuff you accumulate for future creations definitely pays off in high dividends. Great piece. Posted: 4:45 am on March 8th
G writes: Great found pieces made into pure Carnival Americana. The lamp is perfect for the collector of Carnival Memorabilia and also for the person who just wants to relive a memory or two of cotton candy, tilt-a-whirls and trying to win a big stuffed dog for their date. Posted: 9:09 am on March 7th
georgiamoon writes: are incredible. What a great find! And somehow you always have the perfect items to make a fantastic vignette!! The hose reel does look like a Ferris Wheel.... and that SIGN!!!
The lamp is amazing. I am trying to figure out how you did it...but that's nothing new, I'm always trying to figure out how you do everything!!! So glad to hear you rebuilt the electrical components...nothing spoils a day at the Carnival like an electrocution!!!

Once again you have shown us all how it is done!!!
Absolutely LOVE it,
Georgia Posted: 6:26 am on March 7th
Dominique writes: How cool is this! And, what a unique piece to come across. I had never seen a balloon inflator until this one. Old amusement park/carnival memorabilia brings back such great memories. I LOVE your lamp and all the other cool old carnival stuff. Posted: 5:36 am on March 7th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.