Northern Iowa

Being the youngest of seven children and raised on a small farm in southwest Minnesota during the late 50’s and 60’s, our parents taught us to maintain and repair eqBeing the youngest of seven children and raised on a small farm in southwest Minnesota during the late 50’s and 60’s, our parents taught us to maintain and repair equipment. We were also taught to be inventive, like take some of the old “junk” and make something useful out of it. Apparently this same upbringing is what gave me the craving to have home made “toys” or do with with what is available for entertainment. What else could be the reason for my diverse interests? Collecting most likely did not start with rocks, rocks are something that was handpicked from the field and were collected in large piles. Not my version of fun, nope not at all… Through my late teens I do remember collecting beer cans; Wow, did I have a lot of beer cans in such a short period of time. Most that found were empty, but some were full, then magically became empty… ? Those are all gone now, took up to much space and were hard to display. When I came across the Evan’s Ten Strike (http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/12245-evans-ten-strike-arcade-game), it was a turning point… I like the EM stuff, but never made a real effort to acquire old machines until the last few years. It’s not so much as collecting, it’s the pleasure that is finding one cheap that don’t work and make the machine operational again… Yep to me that’s where the fun is… (Read more)


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Italian Outdoor Wall Lamp - Lampsin Lamps
Pachinko Machine, Mid 70's Sanyo with home made ball auger. - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
Wood Level & Block Plane found in house remodeling..  - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
25 Cent Coin Operated Pachinko Machine (Mid 70's) - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
10" Ceiling Light with a Spur... - Lampsin Lamps
Ceiling Light, possibly Mid 50's, Looking for any information. - Lampsin Lamps
Des Moines Register -Man On The Moon - Paperin Paper
Mid 60's Aurora Slot Car Set  - Model Carsin Model Cars
70's Coin Collector... At the least it keeps a few coins at home - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
Family Hand-me-down. 


  1. I always thought that the "Standard" service sign was to the term "Set the Standard"... Love your collection..
  2. Good grab..
  3. Nice find... Are going to restore it or leave as is?
  4. Nice Car.., and the ending statement should keep you out of the dog house.. :)
  5. Thanks! Roycroftbooksfromme1
  6. REAL Treasures come from the most unexpected places.. Good pick.
  7. Nice job on the sign..
  8. Love the bike... Never had much time for cats.. Thanks..
  9. Not an expert, but I know I have seen that sign in the past... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidewater_Petroleum In 1966, Phillips Petroleum Company (now ConocoPhillips) purchased Tidewater's west...
  10. LOL.... I did not even notice without my computer glasses.. :-)
  11. Thanks Jewels..
  12. There are thousands of these around... A person can usually pick them up for less then $50... Some think they are worth more, maybe so with ones from the 40's.. But most of the one a person see are in...
  13. Thanks FanciGirl!
  14. Love it.. My first car is pictured... The big Sport Fury III fast top.. or could be the VIP, hard to tell in the picture, they were very similar..
  15. One right side up and three to go.. :-) YouTube.com... It will help you to learn "How to Sew"... Search for "Learn to sew upholstery"...
  16. Sorry, wrong link... lol... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/127463-italian-outdoor-wall-lamp?in=user
  17. What you can do for more pictures is to take a few hi resolution pictures and combine them into one with a picture editor... Microsoft usually provides with Windows. For example: http://www.collector...
  18. Nice collection!
  19. Don't know much about art glass..... But I do love the looks of this vase.. Very striking! Thanks..
  20. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing...
  21. You have a very nice collection of post cards that you have shared with us.. Thanks...
  22. Also looks to be a good match to the table in the background..
  23. Just love these old chairs and the craftsmanship that went into them... And I love yours as it is right side up.... not like some chairs that are displayed on CW. Thanks!
  24. You can bet that Coors Light beer is being poured somewhere... Coors Light was introduced around 1978.. Hey, that was when I turned 21 only a few weeks before, then was old enough to buy in the state...
  25. That is really nice.. Is it operational?
  26. So sad that it is empty.... Thanks for sharing.
  27. Love it ... But I could never sneak a cookie without someone hearing me with those type of jars..
  28. Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Coin
  29. What a wonderful item... Check the link below.. http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=2907
  30. Thanks bratjdd and PhilDavidAlexanderMorris!
  31. Thanks Peasejean55, Ginseng108, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, kjdixo, tom61375, SEAN68, kerry10456, RonM, officialfue, Hunter, Signaholic, and Pop_abides for the recognition.
  32. Looks scary... ouch..
  33. I love it.. more pictures please... Thanks!
  34. Thanks Jewels!
  35. Thanks Bigsarge..
  36. Thanks Virginia.vintage!
  37. Thanks Ho2cultcha, vintage.vintage, Tom61375 & catteann.
  38. Thanks, bowhunter, I will invite you over for the first pizza..
  39. Thanks PhilDavidAlenanderMorris... I have also been thinking on that and seen then from a Chinese outlet. Now that I actually heard that they work well I just may give that a try..
  40. Decided to put a post in the ground and hang it up... Should add some interest in the Halloween decorations we always do for the little kiddies..
  41. Thanks Trey!
  42. Thanks Aimathena!
  43. Good Halloween props.. I would have all kinds of fun with those..
  44. That first one looks like a mean bug...
  45. Thanks RonM..
  46. In the man cave, really... Some people have no idea what art is all about...
  47. Thanks vetraio50, Ted_Strub, Geo26, DrFluffy, Kerry10456,Nutsabolts, and aghcollect for the recognition!
  48. Hi Ks85! Me a picker LOL.. not really.. Half the fun is finding something cheep and needs work.. By the looks of things around the house, my wife would probably is disagreement on another purchase.. ...
  49. It has a major defect.... It is upside down... Probably not worth much in that condition. If it is turned right side up, it could double the value...
  50. Cool.. Anything to due with Ice Cream is gotta be good... ;-)
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