There are two stories associated with the history of this lamp. Some claim this lamp was produced in 1968 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. The origins of the “Red October” lamp are considered to be that of the town Lviv (Lvov) in the Ukraine. Others argue that this lamp was made to commemorate Vladimir Lenin's electrification of the Soviet Union. The glow discharge produced in this lamp has a peculiar “fuzzy” glow suggesting the neon fill is quite weak. The weak discharge is apparently a trait of these lamps and has been reported in others as well. The shape of the electrode represents the Kremlin in Moscow.