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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, is colored red, 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 (in case it needs to be said) the items I post are items I actually enjoy owning and should not be construed as being "for sale" -- sorry, my flea market is not open to the general public. ;-) :-) (Read more)

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'ya find the strangest things in old church basements sometimes... (#2) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
a little more elderly electrical service equipment - Electronicsin Electronics
and the toolboxes keep coming...? - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
my "red light district"...??? - Lampsin Lamps
little rusty 'whatzit' tool - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
smallish cast iron ashtray - Tobaccianain Tobacciana
rusty tools from the newest old toolbox #1a, what is this thing?? - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
my elephant ear Phre5d, with popup 'spider lilies' - Photographsin Photographs
'ya find the strangest things in old church basements sometimes... (#1) - Classic Carsin Classic Cars
rusty tools from the newest old toolbox #4, nail puller - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware

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  1. Agree that ARIENS made some of the best of such machines -- we never had one quite that big/heavy duty when I was growing up (in the snow belt) and I certainly don't miss the need now to have to own o...
  2. I'm with y'all -- I too think I have a (manual) model of one of those ARRCO shufflers banging around here somewhere. <lol> IIRC it doesn't work very well anymore, seeming like some of its various lit...
  3. Love the chainsaw cardinal statue, but with a caveat that I don't feel *nearly* the same way about all that white crap all over everything else in your pics -- I spent the first half of my life where ...
  4. I'd say it was prolly a good call to lose the 'dried flowers'... ;-) :-) ...happily they weren't live ones in pots, thus avoiding potential damage to the cool old wooden box!! :-) :-) :-)
  5. One more bit of mostly useless trivia (?) the fact that it uses the word "debtors" (twice) instead of "trespasses" might help to narrow which exact 'brand' of church inspired its creation -- in my exp...
  6. Still a lovely piece (and frame!) BTW -- is it truly a printed kinda thing, or more like old embroidery??
  7. With due respect VintageVibe, that isn't the "10 commandments", but "The Lord's Prayer".
  8. And now, Bill, you've given me a fresh new laugh (sorely needed!) with your comment too!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) My (and my partner's) latest (round 3) covid tests still negative, the masks are a now...
  9. It is certainly lovely and its color scheme would fit SO perfectly into my little house here -- but if its provenance is true (no reason I know of to doubt that?) it prolly wouldn't ever end up actual...
  10. And dav2no1, don't we ALL need every single extra "smile" we can manage to get these days...?? Thanks for giving me one, too. :-) :-) :-)
  11. Here, kitty kitty... ;-) ;-) Nifty artwork, and thanks for the explanation of how it was crafted. :-) :-) :-)
  12. I remember these well, always having wanted one but Mom was MOST INSISTENT that I couldn't have one, prolly not an unwise decision on her part. <lol> I've got an ouija board in its box here too som...
  13. THANK YOU SO MUCH Patricia for taking the moment to respond. It DOES mean SO much to me. "...very unpleasant, if not worse..." is such an apt description even if it truly only scratches the surface....
  14. If you desire any further information about this instrument, this is the place to start: https://www.esteyorganmuseum.org/ GOOD LUCK with ultimately finding it a new home where it will be apprec...
  15. Electroluxes were born many yrs before Compact/Tri-Stars were, and I agree the powerhead part of the Tri-Stars is likely also a large part of the ultimate excellent performance of them for 'home clean...
  16. Bringing this up to the top of the list again, simply, because of stuff that doesn't even matter here that leaves me and my own brain feeling like its mostly been inside one of these machines for the ...
  17. My 'daily driver' TRI-STAR is a model DXL (silver-ish paint job) if I'm reading its label correctly. The 2nd one (buried in the basement, so I can't check its label at the moment) is likely a newer m...
  18. SO COOL, in every respect! :-) :-) :-)
  19. No matter its actual age/style/etc -- I'd have likewise 'stalked' that thing at the thrift store myself just as you report you did. CONGRATULATIONS on a successful effort!!!! :-) :-) :-) <LOL>
  20. More hearty THANKS to Motoolz for your suggestion, which sorta fits with dave2no1's idea of something dealing with cigars. Mebbe we're really getting somewhere with the collective CW wisdom helping m...
  21. Only "sometimes"...??? <lol>
  22. Ahhh...the younguns that don't know squat about how 'electronics' really work besides their d*mn cellphones... <sigh><groan> https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/257732-toobs-toobs-and-more-to...
  23. IMHO the 'dragon head' is its most curious aspect -- the way it tapers down to that little hook on the other end a close 2nd. Nifty thing whatever it is/was?!! :-)
  24. That's an awfully FUN chair in pic 1 -- do you know anything more about it??
  25. I agree that it's a pretty thing -- but what would it have been used for?? Just curious... :-)
  26. Looks to me like somebody, somewhere, tried to make an antique phone cabinet into a radio -- in other words, its current 'guts' were never intended to be in there. Its external parts (any markings/et...
  27. I was tending more along the lines of some variety of "hose nozzle" for something...doesn't strike me as typical firefighter sorta equipment though by its shape, maybe something intended to be more of...
  28. What an unusual (and fun!) design!! :-) :-) :-)
  29. That's a *really* nice example, especially given its original oak box, which once might or not have been part of a larger general old telephone set. (others here beside me can no doubt offer more exac...
  30. Only 14, Cokeman?? Usually when I end up with a new haul of LP's there's at least a milk crate or 3 of 'em... <lol>
  31. Thanks SO MUCH for your suggestion dav2no1! I gotta admit I didn't even google that name, only having cleaned it enough to actually make out the stampings as I was taking the pics for this showing......
  32. Beautiful work in that piece!! <applause>
  33. I have a similar old glass syringe like yours, unfortunately it took a little fall from a bathroom shelf to the sink below and busted its 'bizness' end off. (but I still refuse to throw it away?! <lo...
  34. I wouldn't think offhand it is a 'door chime', but rather an example of some kind of small (slightly obscure) musical instrument. "Luthiers" are craftsmen who specialize in making wooden stringed ins...
  35. Looks like an AWESOME collection -- may we please see a few more pics (you can add up to 3 more to this post) of the rest of 'em??
  36. Today's 'update' according to my partner who was here to see it when I wasn't. Apparently sometime this afternoon an actual squirrel tried to steal/snatch some of my chippiemunks' daily (at least) sc...
  37. It sure looks like an *interesting* thing, no matter what it does/did/is meant to do. I don't have a clue to offer, but hope someone else around here at CW might eventually be able to edjumicate us...
  38. Nothing AT ALL in any of these pics that I wouldn't proudly try to find a spot on one of my own walls somewhere for!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  39. Your pics are kinda fuzzy, but if this item might happen to have a sorta oddly placed hole in the side of its 'base' part (and/or maybe another smaller one on its 'neck' part) that wouldn't allow it t...
  40. Y'all already know I loves me some hammers of any variety -- but this one I certainly wouldn't have had a clue about if I came across one somewhere. THANKS for the showing, and the explanation of its...
  41. "Eagle" and "Leviton" are much more likely to be simply the makers of the light sockets in these lamps (names on their turn-knobs?) which were both companies that supplied such electrical components t...
  42. It's sure FUN -- I can't offer any info about it, except that during my 'college experience' (more 1980's, also no doubt during the previous couple back into the 60's) "mushrooms" (of specific varieti...
  43. Yes a lovely piece of furniture, (which can certainly be 'saved'?!) but also a handsome black furball 'accent' to your 2nd pic!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) GOOD LUCK with any efforts you make to restore ...
  44. If there is any 'good news' to followup with the story of this thing -- it'd have to be that I actually have come across a 2nd (smaller, not as fancy, but *with* its actual fixture) light after findin...
  45. Lots of the shades (that came with these kinda lamps back then anyway) were also made of some early form of fiberglass. (or woven plastic fiber, or whatever it really was) No matter -- it is a SPECTA...
  46. I feel your pain too Sammyz -- though I'm nobody's 'fine art glass collector', I do also know the feeling of accidentally 'losing' an otherwise pretty old glass thing... :-( https://www.collectorsw...
  47. I'd agree -- that's exactly the kind of date stamp that I would have expected to find in there. ttomtucker is likely much more knowledgeable about such things with his extensive collection of antique...
  48. Cokeman, if you undo the three machine screws on its underside (which should be made to be 'captive' in the base even when undone) and open it up, I'd bet you'll find date stamps inside it. COOL old ...
  49. I think I have the same butter dish, also ID'd here as A-H "Wexford". https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/279071-pressed-glass-butter-dish-with-lid
  50. <APPLAUSE> along with huge <smiles>!
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