Lava Lamps Still an American Tradition

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Since the early 60’s, the Lava Lamp has remained a staple of retro décor.

The classic Lava Lamp has been called an American icon by sources ranging from People magazine to The Smithsonian.

This novel and entertaining feat of chemistry has made its place in the retro décor hall of fame since its inception in the 1960’s. By plugging into an ordinary outlet, a low wattage bulb produces just enough heat to soften a waxy mixture, creating constant and ever changing motion that is always fun for spectators.

Edward Craven-Walker, a pilot in England, got the idea for the Lava Lamp from watching an old-fashioned egg timer in a pub. The egg timer consisted of a ball of wax inside a shaker that would boil in a pot alongside an egg. When the wax melted inside the shaker, the egg was done. Craven-Walker saw a moneymaking opportunity, and after some 15 years of experimentation with oils, chemicals, and bulbs, the Astro Lava Lamp was born. The year was 1963, just in time for the psychedelic craze of the decade. Edward Craven-Walker died on August 15, 2000 at the age of 82 in Ringwood, England after seeing the phenomenal success of his creation.

In the late 60’s, at their peak, more than seven million Lava Lamps were sold all over the world every year. This number dropped off tremendously in the early 70’s, but the 80’s kept the Lava Lamp alive. By 1998, manufacturers in England and the United States were selling more than two million Lava Lamps per year. Actually, more Lava Lamps were sold in the 1990s than in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s combined.

Only the manufacturers of Lava Lamps know the secret lava recipe, and employees are sworn to secrecy. There are many sources with “alternate” recipes, but many can be dangerous, and none perform to the standards of the original Lava Lamp.

After so many years, the Lava Lamp has remained a staple of retro décor. Many styles are available of different sizes, colors, and varieties. One of the premier Lava Lamp distributors online is With their variety of styles, Generation Store is certainly your one stop for Retro Décor and Lava Lamps.

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