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

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“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