AnythingObscure

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IF it is old, obsolete, dirty, noisy, or unusual in any way AND/OR smokes, sparks, leaks, plugs in, lights up, gets hot (or cold), makes music, takes coins, has moviIF it is old, obsolete, dirty, noisy, or unusual in any way AND/OR smokes, sparks, leaks, plugs in, lights up, gets hot (or cold), makes music, takes coins, has moving parts or electrical wires inside, or otherwise just sends the cat off to hiding under the bed -- I probably like it and want one if I don't already have one. (or 3 <lol>) Also have a fondness for old/commercial kitchenware and cookware plus barware of all sorts, quality tools of any kind, pipe organs and mechanical musical instruments, traffic and railroad signs signals and controls, assorted industrial electrical devices, telephones and related equipment, and Ford Thunderbirds. (harder to collect are things like "buildings" and "bridges" and "trains" but I like those too...?) I've been a 'collector of interesting stuff' my entire life, nowadays I could probably be accused and found guilty of living in my own personal flea-market. <lol> For the record (and if it matters?) the items I post are items I actually own. :-) (Read more)

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found myself another TELCO 'buried cable' warning sign(s)! - Signsin Signs
my (Miller) LITE BEER neon sign - Brewerianain Breweriana
another pair of mid century modern salt/pepper shakers - Kitchenin Kitchen
deck of HARRAH'S CASINO playing cards with a curious notation - Cardsin Cards
 deck of PIEDMONT AIRLINES playing cards - Cardsin Cards
more 'musical noisemakers', basically bells - Toysin Toys
3 pair of kids 'rhythm instruments' cymbals - Toysin Toys
REDUX: mid century modern hanging globe light - Lampsin Lamps
finally got my Kit-Cat Klock on the wall! - Clocksin Clocks
carved oak panel from an old church pipe organ - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. Knew someone once who played the accordion. He inadvertently left his instrument out in plain sight in the back of his unattended car in a big parking lot while shopping nearby. When he returned, he...
  2. Pretty sure I have a pair of these somewheres too -- but IIRC mine have silver colored metal tops, yours look more gold tone. I remember mine as being Danish in manufacture for some reason, (a label ...
  3. ^^ to artfoot: <LOLOLOL> And now I'm wondering if "Dis Dam Road" has an intersection somewhere with "Dat Dam Road"...?
  4. Looks like an "angel" shaped candleholder to me...mebbe an x-mas decoration??
  5. and THIS one explains, concisely, the whole "picturephone" history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzdCKBZP4Jo
  6. whoops...posted that YouTube clip too soon...THIS one is ever-so-much more topical...?? <LOLOL> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwOcT3sK8Eg
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTq6Tofmo7E
  8. AFAIK, it all worked over regular telephone landlines. (the only kind there were, then...) And indeed -- it was VERY MUCH "Jetson's, in real life"?!! <LOL> [speaking of The Jetsons, where the h*...
  9. SpiritBear, its the latter. *If* any two particular people, back in 1964, happened to both have one of these (then terribly expensive) things, they could watch each other "live" on their respective s...
  10. THANKS SO MUCH to fortapache, Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse, and blunderbuss2 for the <loves> -- and especially to flashlarue, blunderbuss2, Katsuripottery, andBigdaftjohn for your comments and guesses!!! ...
  11. I'm nobody 'art connoisseur' by a longshot so can't offer any help identifying it...only wondering why the "dad" in the portrait looks so d*mned bored (staring at the ceiling) with the whole process....
  12. With that style of legged case plus the general type of vacuum tubes in it, I'd guess it is late 1930's to 1940's. (others here are no doubt much more knowledgeable than I, to narrow that further?) ...
  13. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your <love> to Anik PhilDMorris Caperkid fortapache nutsabotas6 vetraio50 dlpeterson Collectomaniac elanski valentino97 melaniej rocker-sd The clear blue in...
  14. WOW, what a great response -- THANKS SO MUCH for having a look and hitting the <love> button to: SEAN68 fortapache PhilDMorris racer4four Manikin elanski nutsabotas6 MacDaddyRico valentino9...
  15. HI, Rose! I found a brief history of the ESSO/Exxon 'tiger' on their company website here when posting my tigger: (caution, the website wants to track your location for some reason, I declined) ht...
  16. I LOVE this album -- I still have my original LP too!! One of my fav's to break out around this upcoming time of year, for their version of "12 days of x-mas" -- *always* a 'holiday treat'! <lol>
  17. I think its WAY-COOL, Rose, and what a FUN 'family connection' history!! <applause> I hope you also still wear it sometimes too, to keep the tradition going strong!
  18. A thought/idea from WAY out in left field: It looks to me like this bike has too many 'footrests' in too many places (plus the overly wide looking handlebars) making me wonder if it was intended to...
  19. Thank you once more SEAN68 -- for the love as well as all the info *your* post provided me -- looks like Chase made LOTS of cool art deco stuff I'm just now learning about! (and will havta keep my eye...
  20. GORGEOUS old Tappan!! I'd love to see more pics (of its insides, and/or how those rectangular dial-things on either side of its back work?) if you'd be able to add another post?! [and for the reco...
  21. Just added a 4th pic to this post -- a very careful rubbing with lacquer thinner today ultimately revealed both the original RCA logo/label *and* the original painted color of this speaker. Also, I h...
  22. I am seeing this post for the first time now too -- my first impression (given the approx. 'shot glass' dimensions) wonders if it might have been a promo kind of item, meant to sorta indicate how many...
  23. Agree with bobby725, a "soft face" hammer that used to have plastic/rubber caps fitted to the posts on each side of its head. http://www.hammersource.com/Soft-Face-Hammers/
  24. That's an AWESOME table SB -- and what a thoughtful surprise for your Mom?!! <applause> all around!!
  25. What beautiful wood it is made from?!! :-) :-) :-)
  26. SpiritBear, you might experiment with moving the radio's power cord around to improve (or stabilize) its reception -- radios of this vintage often also had circuitry included which electrically kinda ...
  27. THANKS VERY MUCH to MacDaddyRico, TassieDevil, PhilDMorris, fortapache, and americanstationer for y'all's comments, likes, and loves!! Very cool that you have one like it MacDaddy -- and I totally ag...
  28. The "Solid State" on its front simply refers to the fact that it is 'transistorized', or in other words does NOT have user-replaceable vacuum tubes inside. This lends credence to your (early) 1960's ...
  29. My gracious thanks to fortapache and bottle-bud for the loves -- and especially to TallCakes and jarsnstuff for their most informative comments!! <applause> jarsnstuff, you've confirmed what I myself...
  30. THANKS VERY MUCH for the loves to fortapache, TassieDevil, valentino97, and aura!! Between these two pieces and the handful of flatware I posted earlier today...well, looks like I now officially ...
  31. Sad iron rest/holder, maybe?? (if I'm guessing its size right)
  32. I'm nobody's expert in old furniture either -- but certainly wouldn't call that piece "trash"...?? ;-) :-) By the pics, it looks like its exterior is made of (mostly solid?) quarter-sawn oak. T...
  33. Agree w/ patchas. It would fasten to a wall (w/hooks pointed up and lettering upside down) to hold the rear edge of an old ceramic lavatory sink -- the type with a couple metal legs under its front c...
  34. Thanks SO much to fortapache, nutsabotas6, racer4four, TassieDevil, and Manikin for your loves!! I'm STILL searching for ANY info about this table however -- since posting this I've looked at pag...
  35. OK...I'm a little confused with this one... Makes perfect sense how a company could exist to (produce and) supply roller skating *rinks* -- but how on earth would they also supply the "skaters"...??
  36. At first glance I wondered about RedWing Shoes, but it doesn't match their logo. Or Texaco Fire-Chief/Sky Chief gasoline, or the Santa-Fe Super Chief train...???
  37. At first glance I wondered about RedWing Shoes, but it doesn't match their logo. Or Texaco Fire-Chief/Sky Chief gasoline, or the Santa-Fe Super Chief train...???
  38. I can't quite bring myself to hit the "I love this" button for this item, for the same reason I wouldn't be able to do so for an item which was an overt relic of 'slavery', for instance. (I likewise ...
  39. That's exactly what it is -- an old natural gas open-flame hanging light fixture. The 4 things at its bottom are the gas jets, the little 'arm thing' betwixt them probably a control valve (missing pu...
  40. Absolutely agree that you got a beautiful sample of petrified wood -- but my favorite pic in this post is that big POW WOW TRADING POST sign...I'm betting (guessing?) it once might have been lettered ...
  41. LOVE LOVE LOVE that tube tester!! <applause>
  42. A post I shared last evening is likewise showing up erratically...I agree that there must be a little 'trouble' going on somewhere in CW's corner of the internet...??
  43. A slight possible "correction" to this story, for the historical record. :-) The M. H. Rhodes Co. probably did not manufacture the bed vibrator unit itself -- only the MARK TIME coin switch that co...
  44. Agree w/ scottvez. Similar desks made their way into *many* offices besides government. I just left my own Dad's behind (as did he and Mom) in the basement of the farmhouse, because nobody wanted to...
  45. Cool old jar!! Gotta confess, I'd be inclined to fill it with those orange-colored "cheese balls" and leave it out on the kitchen counter...maybe thus a good thing I don't have one too...? <lol>
  46. I asked my friend if he remembers where/when he got his -- he thinks he probably got it at a garage sale someplace, in the mid 1990's.
  47. Even if they weren't intended as bookends, looks like they'd make a good pair anyway?! :-) Their 'bolt holes' are indeed a curiosity, making me wonder if these might have been part of some sort of ti...
  48. Sorry to be a downer, but I don't think it is very old at all -- likely imported (India?) 'en masse' for a retailer like Pier 1, within recent decades. I have an identical brass base (missing its m...
  49. More thanks to aura and SEAN68!
  50. By those pics, it looks plenty old enough that *I* wouldn't even *think* about "painting" it...leastways until a little more might be learned about it...?? <eeek> Can't really tell what kinda wood ...
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