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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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gravel driveway finds - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
today's Goodwill Store 'junk jewelry' trinket - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
HAPPY HOLIDAZE, to all my CW friends - Animalsin Animals
HAPPY FESTIVUS 2019, y'all!! - Christmasin Christmas
poor old pre-abused DISSTON handsaw - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
WURLITZER "COMMERCIAL PHONOGRAPH" model 1015  service manual/parts catalog - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
"PLAYING THE HAMMOND ORGAN" instruction book, ca. 1936 - Booksin Books
old 'railroad hook', or is it??  - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
A rather distinguished visitor was in town today... ;-) - Railroadianain Railroadiana
bright yellow oval ceramic dish - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…

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  1. THANKS SO KINDLY to: Brunswick, racer4four, fortapache, Watchsearcher, vetraio50, Newfld, Broochman, & aura for the sharing the <love it>s for this thing!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) MOST SPECIAL THANKS ...
  2. I've always been a mostly blue oval guy myself Ted, but there were always various Oldsmobiles around me too (I even owned at least one) and I miss the marque... <sigh>
  3. It *is* very pretty! How many stones are on it, one on each of its 4 sides??
  4. My birthstone is garnet too, MrsT! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) I think my fav is that kinda odd one at the top left with more metal showing...is it silver?
  5. <applause>!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  6. <LOL> @ lptools :-) ;-) :-)
  7. Pat, may I please have an "L"...?? Vanna, what we gots?? <giggle>
  8. Hi Gene -- is this the same machine shown here?? https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/246902-my-1956-vendo-39-coke-machine?in=user If so (and I presume so) BRAVO, DUDE!!! <applause> :-) :-)...
  9. I'm nobody's expert by any means, but it looks to me like a German variation of a "Hoosier" -- in other words a 'one piece' kitchen unit intended to hold dishware and pantry items. "Kuchen" is indeed...
  10. Oh wow, I got behind with all the THANK YOUS to fhrjr2, OLECODY, officialfuel, kwqd, Alesia, and billretirecoll for the further <love it>s AND to Vynil33rpm, yougottahavestuff, fhrjr2, OLECODY, & bilr...
  11. srarman, I'm way glad to help -- now I know what mine really is, too!! <LOL> :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) THANKS lptools, for the research, as well!!! <cheers><applause>
  12. They're OUTSTANDING!!! Congrats on a GREAT SAVE, Rob!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  13. I don't really know for sure, but'd bet they were something actually suspended *under* a hi-watt light bulb and much larger reflector to create "indirect light". OR, maybe something used inside some ...
  14. I just went outside to look and my tool is *nearly* identical. Its entire blade is shaped the same but its ferrule is a little longer/different so the metal part is 12" long, my handle is 24" long. ...
  15. I have a similar, though not exact (without going outside to look again, mebbe its closer than I recall at the moment) tool in my garden tool shed, which I've always thought (for no particular reason)...
  16. It completely puzzles me, too. Along Rob's line of thought, I wonder if it coulda been part of some kinda fuel tank or pump calibration equipment, maybe part of a 'viscosity meter scale' (totally mad...
  17. That one looks like it is made of oak...I have one quite similar which was handmade (of walnut instead) by one of my Grampas who had a basement woodshop with a lathe in it. (ca. 1970's) Mine doesn't...
  18. It is AWESOME no matter where/when it came from?!! :-) :-) :-) This is probably a Capt. Obvious suggestion, but have you checked thru bigashtray.com to see if there's anything similar on there??
  19. Simply gorgeous, any way about it! :-) :-) :-)
  20. Having a quick glimpse just now at Dev_Komatsu's link, perhaps my musings just posted are more of a red herring than anything...I couldn't really tell from the original pics here how large/small it re...
  21. Not pretending to be anybody's expert, but I find it curious that its jaws seem to be relatively heavy duty castings -- though its apparent bench mounting flange (and in fact its handle, etc.) appear ...
  22. Now that almost ALL those pesky holidaze have mostly passed (for the better part of another year, that is) <wink> I gotta offer my most gracious thanks to: fortapache, kwqd, Newfld, vetraio50, Nicefi...
  23. More thanks to Trey and SEAN68 for the further <love it>s -- with more most sincere hopes that ALL ya'll had your own wonderful m/m's h/h's too!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  24. I've got boxfuls of mini-booze bottles similar to these (empty & full) but would never go so far as to drill holes in the lid of *this* one with its very special PennCentral RxR labeling -- plenty of ...
  25. Also no true idea what its for, but at first glance it strikes me as something that could hold sewing supplies, or maybe to be used in a salon for a hairdresser's bits and bobs...???
  26. HI clay.lady -- I cannot say for certain by ANY means at all, but to me that thing looks for all the world like it used to be some part of the guts of an antique player piano's inner workings. OH, OH...
  27. By a decade or three after your sign was probably made, signage with reflectorized legends/borders like that started to be more known as "buttoncopy" instead -- the differing terminology basically ind...
  28. Is it maybe a "shoe polish" caddy instead, made to hold cans of polish/brushes/rags/ etc in its drawer at the bottom while also providing a 'rest' on top for one foot at a time while you (or Dad, or w...
  29. CORY444, it isn't impossible to locate replacements, nor even to 'replicate' them yourself. I'd suggest starting by searching for "catseyes" or 'catseye sign", that's generally the term for these in ...
  30. Now that **is** a wonderfully cool design which I'd wear often and proudly myself if it'd fit around my fuzzy male (kitty-scratched, usually) wrist... ;-) ;-) ...everybody else's various 'statement ne...
  31. Rattletrap, I often wonder very similar thoughts about how so many folks out there in the world now otherwise appear to be so kinda oblivious to whatever crazy curious (for any odd reason) thing that ...
  32. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Thanks EJW for the kind answer to refresh my old tired brain cells?!! Now, is it time for the champagne yet...?? <giggle><grin><cheers>
  33. Forgive me for the sorta dumb question please, I've never really been a guitar person -- but is this one of those rather legendary kinda rounded-plasticish-backed instruments?? One of my good high sc...
  34. HNY to you and all yours too, Rob! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  35. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) HNY, Elisabethan!!
  36. And here's two more lovely examples of a "statement necklace" that'd otherwise still just look half-a-bubble off plumb if I wore 'em around my own old balding gray haired dude's neck... <LOL> :-) :-) ...
  37. <LOLOLOL>!!!! ;-) :-) :-) Yes sir, you will see SIGNS of my continuing craziness into 2020 gawd willing...2019 frankly wasn't completely kind to me (with a few notable exceptions <wink>) so's here's...
  38. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE this charmsomeone!!! How **LUCKY** that you have local roadside trashpiles with such treasures occasionally in 'em!!! <cheers><applause> OH, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! ;-) :-) :-)
  39. Agree w/ Findings -- a lovely desk and even moreso HNY to you and yours, 'Stuff!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :--)
  40. I'll take "bent" -- a much kinder term -- thanks SO MUCH!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  41. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  42. FWIW, my favorite old timey brand of RxR equipment is WRRS because they had an even funner logo -- but I've got a couple of GRS crossing lights somewhere downstairs too along with all the WRRS stuff.....
  43. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Railway_Signal
  44. What an incredible, if also albeit kinda way wrong if you have a twisted up mind like I do, old sign. <LOLOLOL> CONGRATS on an exceptional prolly once in a lifetime score, PLEASE do share further pi...
  45. Aww crap, just rechecked and I got that name wrong, it's actually "GENERAL RAILWAY SIGNAL"... <headdesk>
  46. How big is the drawing? No matter really, still a sheet prolly worth proper framing/display...? The language used to identify things suggests French to me, but I don't know nuthhing about that. (I t...
  47. VERY GOOD ANSWER flyboy_phf, THANKS! :-) :-) :-) Something there in the lower LH side of pic #4 nearly looked like it coulda been a dead something else, glad that's not the case. <lol>
  48. A very COOL, if also abused, thing!! :-) :-) :-) What's with all that kinda unexplainable miscellanious electrical claptrap in there, and is that really a dead rodent too?? <eww> Welcome to CW anywa...
  49. What FUN, Michael!! Happy 2020 to you and yours (and your awesome collections) too!!!!
  50. Prolly roughly 1940's at the latest, quite possibly a good bit older. The GRS logo shows it was made by General Railway Supply, maybe that'll help you research it furhter. GREAT FIND -- I wish I had...
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