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Japanese World War II Blackout Lantern
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DESCRIPTION

A collapsible black paper lantern designed for use in Japanese homes to dim the ambient light which could guide bombers to their targets. The lantern expands and the top has an opening which would be placed over a light bulb. The light bulb would then be inside of the lantern and the black paper would emit only very dimmed light. On the top of the lantern are a series of printed columns which set forth suggestions for surviving a bomb attack (note the helpful illustration of an aerial bomb in one of the columns). It is really rather amazing that this paper lantern survived the war, let alone the last 75 years of time. Overall very good condition.