Lava Lamp Turns 50

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 49•36 Sep 5, 2013

The lava lamp, which was invented by British accountant Edward Craven-Walker, first went on sale 50 years ago this week under the name Astro Lamp, becoming widely popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. What do you think?

  • “I’ll probably throw my lamp a little party, nothing too major.”

    Anita Flynn –
    Software Designer

  • “Today’s lamp-makers have completely lost the desire to entertain.”

    Earl Durocher –
    Geriatrician

  • “I was never part of that cool crowd, so I just called mine a Craven-Walker lamp.”

    Patricio Quintal –
    Septic Tank Servicer