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Joem

Does anyone have a few extra of these?

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Hi guys,

I have a municipal lantern that is missing a couple of the white plastic tab holders that holds one of the stained glass panels in place to the lantern. I know I can use a regular screw to hold the panel in place, but would like to keep it as authentic and correct as I can. Was curious to see if anyone had a couple of these that I could buy? 

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I try to keep one panel with screws so I can get to the bulb to change it. After you pop those rivets out a few times they tend to break. Let me see if I have extras. I have extra lanterns if you want to buy any 

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Thanks! The town about ten miles north of us had a ton of these hanging throughout town when I was a kid...my mom would always take me through to see them and I loved them!! So happy to have two of these. 

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I like the Chicago exclusive 310 streetlight head in the background.   Those will be disappearing fast and will likely all be gone in the next few years as the city replaces them with LED's

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Thanks! I picked it up while in Chicago from a city worker who was replacing it. Picked it up in 2012...I had always wanted one, I've loved them since I was a kid. I didn't think he would give it to me, but I told him I was visiting and that I loved those lights since I was little, and he just let me have it! Once in a lifetime chance in my opinion. I have two other Crimefighters-two of the smaller ones that appear on the side residential streets. 

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Joe, I have a red lantern from General Plastics that is an older version.  Before they used the plastic button they used brass paper fasteners for holding the lenses in place. I found them at Target.com for $2.89 /100 

As Jay mentioned there is one panel that is held on with screws that thread into speed nuts. 

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