It didn't take me long to accept that one could not have a household filled with mid-century finds without owning a T.V. lamp. So during our memorable excursion to Midway Antique Mall in Sacramento, we adopted a Lane & Co. Siamese cat T.V. lamp. After doing a little research online this Los Angeles expat was pleased to discover that these little kitties were born in Van Nuys, CA in the early to mid 1950s. With the sudden popularity of T.V. sets these lamps were produced to create the necessary ambient light to reduce eye strain for the viewer. Apparently, they hadn't realized yet that sitting with your nose pressed to the glass wasn't the healthiest viewing position. I find that this sweet little purchase of ours adds the right blend of kitsch to our home.
Helpful website on the philosophy behind T.V. lamps.