According to the 1918 Marconi Yearbook of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony S. O. S stands for absolutely nothing and you shouldn’t even add the period after each letter. How do I know this? Well, it wasn’t because I read the book, because that little baby will cost you upwards of $120.00 or more. I read it here, researching only when I decided on S. O. S. as the name for this essay. I added periods because SOS looks a little weird as though I misspelled a word and looks very short. You could miss this distress message very easily, so I added even more specifics.
- SOS – the letters represented by the radio telegraphic signal (…—…) used, especially by ships in distress, as an internationally recognized call for help.
Actually the purpose of this essay is because I am in distress. Distress over not being able to find a certain replacement bulb for my vintage ceramic Christmas tree. A tree I grew up with. A tree Andrew hates. (he has no taste) A tree given to me by my mother before she passed away. Having five children, I have no idea how I ended up being the lucky inheritor. I’m glad I did.
Be as it may, I have the tree and there are many bulbs missing. I have been researching for weeks on the internet and calling local ceramic shops looking for this one certain bulb to match the others. Sure I could change them all out to a different style, but I WANT THIS SPECIFIC BULB. When you want it, you want it.
I’ve been directed to ebay, etsy, and to Amazon. I’ve been told it’s rare and was discontinued thirty years ago. Sounds about right to me from the date of my tree. Maybe I missed something, but out of the 2456 listings I’ve looked at, I’ve come to the conclusion it is nowhere to be found. Yeah, I think that’s about how many listings I’ve been through.
So I’m sending out my distress signal to you, my blogging buddies. Have you seen this bulb? It’s missing in action. The size is about 1 and 1/8th inch long including the stem. The diameter of the stem is about 1/8th inch. I’m guessing is considered a small bulb because I doubt a smaller stem would be made. I’m not going to say I’d pay a grand amount for them because I know they are rare, but let’s see what we can come up with. Thanks for your help. Looking forward to some positive answers.