50 Years Of Mathmos Lava Lamps
Mathmos the makers behind the Lava Lamp are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
To mark this occasion Mathmos will be launching a Limited Edition gold Astro lava lamp signed by Christine Craven-Walker, the wife and business partner of Edward.
A new Heritage collection, using vintage colours and finishes in keeping with the Mathmos history, will also available to buy.
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- Inventor Edward Craven-Walker invented the first Astro Lava Lamp. He was inspired to create the lava lamp from the design of an egg timer he saw in a pub in Dorset. He continued to work with lava lamps until his death in 2000.
- Along with his wife Christine, Edward travelled the country selling lamps from the back of an ex postal van, named Smokey.
- The Astro and Astro Baby were the first two lava lamps to be launched in 1963 and 1964.
- By 1964 lava lamps were sold in Selfridges and Habitat.
- Between 1965 and 1967, lava lamps made appearances in two episodes of Doctor Who and The Prisoner.
- Linda and Paul McCartney featured lava lamps on stage with them, when they performed with their band Wings in 1968. As a tribute to Linda Sir Paul McCartney often performs on stage with a lava lamp.
- Another Beatles member became a fan when Ringo Starr bought an Astro from a shop in Birkenhead near Liverpool back in 1969.
- Mathmos would later go on to create a limited edition lava lamp for the release of The Beatles Love album in 2006.
- David Bowie was photographed with a lava lamp in his recording studio in 1971.
- Lava lamps were regularly seen in episodes of George & Mildred, Are You Being Served, The Sweeney, Carry On Laughing and The Good Life, in the 1970s.
- During a scene in Superman II (1980), a bespoke lava lamp was featured in a hotel suite scene.
Some 50 years later and the wax formula used in the lava lamps still remains a closely guarded secret. To date Mathmos lava lamps sales have exceeded four million.
Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp Heritage Range, Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp & Inventor, Mathmos Original Lava Lamp '1960s Astro prototype by the founder of Mathmos' HR.
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