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The Lamp was Inspired by a Soda Advertisement
Jean Shepherd first got the idea for the leg lamp after seeing a Nehi Soda advertisement featuring a pair of legs. Nehi’s signature image in their ads during the 30s and 40s was a pair of female legs.
Only One Leg Lamp Survived The Filming
Movie props can be big business. Iconic props like the Wilson volleyball from Cast Away, the Maltese Falcon and the Batmobile have fetched small fortunes at auction. But sadly no one will ever own an original Leg Lamp.
The Leg Lamp is a Christmas Icon in Cleveland
Although Jean Shepard is a native of Indiana, A Christmas Story was primarily filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years following the film’s release, the city has embraced being connected with the film. To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of A Christmas Story in 2013, Terminal Tower in Cleveland’s Public Square was transformed into a giant leg lamp. Keen fans of the film might recognize Terminal Tower as Higbee‘s department store, where Ralphie and his brother have their frightening encounter with Santa.