The “Moving Pattern Simulator” is a lighting object – I hesitate to call it a lamp – that comes from a tradition of this kind of novelty item from the 1960s. This one looks like a shimmering, scintillating firework in rotating colors. The system was invented by Frederick L. Way for Mobilcolor, Inc. of New York. The mechanism is placed inside a cubic acrylic case that measures 9-1/4” on a side.
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Moving Pattern Simulator patent, number 3,184,872. Filed January 31, 1962 and issued May 25, 1965. Click to be taken to the patent.
Back view of the “Moving Pattern Simulator” lighting object.