The Moss Manufacturing Company was established in San Francisco in 1937. It originally produced traditional metal lighting with long-stemmed bases and a lamp shade. World War II and the rationing of metal forced the company to come up with a new and innovative material with which to manufacture lamps: Plexiglass! With this new and unconventional material came new and unconventional designs. The company plugged (no pun intended!) its new products as “conversation pieces,” and indeed they were, and still are.