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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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WESTERN ELECTRIC (BELL SYSTEM) lightning arrestor box - Telephonesin Telephones
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France -- and it now seems a *survivor* of the tragic fire there - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
a couple of my BIC lighter cases/covers - Tobaccianain Tobacciana
my CLEAR TONE SIGNAL driveway bell - Electronicsin Electronics
more FUN with FELINES...? :-) - Animalsin Animals
early springtime 2019 - Photographsin Photographs
SHENANGO CHINA oval platter - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
WALKER'S DeLuxe BOURBON ceramic pitcher - Advertisingin Advertising
23 different PACHISLO game tokens (and a quarter) - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
my WARDWAY #1435 cast iron griddle - Kitchenin Kitchen

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  1. SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!! <cheers><applause>
  2. Not sure I'd say "homemade" as well as just "cheaply made", what with the rather ugly welds to it though somebody bothered to paint it all anyway. Nonetheless it doesn't look *old* at the least, espe...
  3. More THANKS to iggy & mikelv85 for the <love it>s! :-) :-)
  4. THANKS MUCH to Re-In-Vintage, Brunswick, fortapache, & mikelv85 for dropping by and tapping your <love it> buttons! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  5. THANKS SO KINDLY to Vynil33rpm, valentino97, farmlady1, & mikelv85 for your additional <loves> & <likes>! :-) :-) :-) Unfortunately there is also seemingly some terribly sad news to report at this...
  6. THANKS SO MUCH to aura, fortapache, jscott0363, & mikelv85 for stopping by and sharing the <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  7. More THANKS to yougottahavestuff & mikelv85 for tapping your <love it> button for me! :-) :-)
  8. OTOH shareurpassion, it *also* has a certain undeniable charm about it just as it is...a bit rusty and creaky around the edges but otherwise still a perfectly beautiful "mechanical marvel" of a hundre...
  9. It *could* (and occasionally did) happen Thomas...with devices like this in place, at most it *usually* would only take out people's telephone sets themselves, instead of turning their house wiring in...
  10. More THANKS to keratango, and especially mikelv85 for your kind and thoughtful comment. You are perfectly correct that even though the GrandeOrgue has survived nearly intact, it will nonetheless requ...
  11. It is *absolutely* an old lightning arrestor (safety device), one of the forms of the device used during the early period of telephony. You probably found it screwed to the wall/rafters in your basem...
  12. FWIW freiheit, the order of the colors on your bracelet corresponds exactly to the now common "gay pride" rainbow flag colors. Maybe a clue that could help you ID its age/origin/maker??
  13. Thanks much for the kind words and <love> to Watchsearcher, fortapache, Brunswick, yougottahavestuff, Newfld, aura, & valentino97. Now 24hrs later, reports from Paris are indicating that the devas...
  14. GJ, I (and probably all the rest of us) can only HOPE that the current various "world leaders" only have access to boxes like this, instead of any other little boxes which *are* truly capable of unlea...
  15. AWESOME old light fixture Mike, also AWESOME (if ongoing) work to restore it!! <cheers><applause> Its always fun to see such a fine old thing 'brought back from near dead'!!! :-) FWIW, I'd agree...
  16. No idea about the "who", but the "when" would be roughly 1970's. I distinctly remember one or two exactly like it (but other states probably, I don't remember that?) that existed in our own household...
  17. I WELL remember that slogan, V33!! :-) :-) :-) IIRC, Zenith was one of the inventors/pioneers of the "remote control", their particular method of doing so involving ultrasonics. (since today's common...
  18. OK Vynil, I'll play... ;-) Is the little Z (-enith) box an old "hearing aid" device?? (its coiled up wire thing being an earplug, etc.?)
  19. Fully admitting I've never seen a "kerosene stove" before though I like old stoves in general -- it finally occurred to me what looks 'off' about this one -- there are NO KNOBS on it to control oven(s...
  20. It *is* a cool old stove, and also looks remarkably complete esp. with its timer & matching s/p set?!! That clear glass jug is its 'fuel tank' I suppose?? We have one or two 'old stove people' han...
  21. WOW -- there's some *amazing* stuff all up in there?!! <applause> Please DO tell -- what's the "special thing in your garage"?? ;-) And WELCOME to CW too -- I hope we all can look forward to mor...
  22. Difficult to try to guess wood veneer material by that single pic esp given its dark stain/color, but it looks more like mahogany grain to me than something more typical like oak? It *is* an attracti...
  23. /me <shivers> just looking at that thing... EEEK!! (then shortly a <bang> as something handy bashed it...)
  24. Why isn't there an "E" on what presumably should be the word "BREATHE"...??
  25. Last word might be "Canada"??
  26. My belated THANKS to AntiqueRose, dlpeterson, elanski, kyratango, Manikin, fortapache, Newfld, & bobby725 for the comments and <love it>s for my clickie-clackers!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  27. I'm one of those weird people that actually *likes* snakes generally -- I find them often beautiful creatures just to look at, not to mention their fascinating 'structure' and means of movement. Pre...
  28. A couple more pics from different angles might help too (you can add up to 3 more) ...and Welcome to CW!
  29. PS -- BONUS POINTS to anybody who can identify what that old amplifier chassis really is...it's kinda an interesting (maybe even kinda valuable?) thing unto itself, I think...?? ;-) ;-) ;-)
  30. More THANKS to iggy, hunterqlee, and Roycroftbooksfromme1 for the <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  31. THANKS MUCH to Vynil33rpm, yougottahavestuff, Watchsearcher, blunderbuss2, fortapache, Newfld, & officialfuel for stopping by, having a look, and leaving your <love it>s and comments behind!! :-) :-)...
  32. The pair of narrow ones are particularly lovely, even if also a rather simple design. I bet they'll be absolutely beautiful displayed somewhere together, where they can catch the morning sunshine?! :-)
  33. I too have a similar old can of Nevr-Dull hanging around here someplace...need to find it again, it *is* way-good stuff!! (and also, best as I recall, doesn't really tend to lose its functionality, no...
  34. THANKS SO MUCH to blunderbuss2, EJW-54, Caperkid, fortapache, fhrjr2, jdstor, and Trey for your <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) There's not much of anything "neon" that I don't like/want...something abou...
  35. Wow, another unusual looking heating device...it (they) both must have *some* specific purpose, I wish I could suggest what it might be. Maybe some kind of "iron" for making pleats in a garment or so...
  36. BB2, my first thought was actually 'for deviled eggs', but why the h*ll would anybody wanna put one of each on opposite sides of a dinner plate enough to make an actual china pattern for it...?? Thos...
  37. No value whatsoever. To rid yourself of the worthless thing, just wrap it up securely in a little box and mail it to me, so's I can put it under my little pile of Jadeite soup bowls in the kitchen ca...
  38. Thanks so much (if probably belatedly) to EJW-54, blunderbuss2, fortapache, nutsabotas6, Caperkid, and Trey for hitting the <love it> button!! :-) :-) :-)
  39. THANKS MUCH, again mostly belatedly, to ttomtucker, EHW-54, roddyq, officialfuel, fortapache, Hunter, and most recently Trey for sharing the <loves>!! Trey, in reality I probably 'liberated' them fro...
  40. Its rubber cord w/grounded plug would suggest 1970's or so to me...other than that I have no idea whatsoever what it is...hope somebody else does, its a most curious thing!
  41. Yuppers Trey -- she's rocking that dress and shoes! <giggle> Wonder how comfortable she was on the ladder/etc to get up to her attic, not to mention what she thought of dragging those 'easy to handle...
  42. A cousin of mine had one of these 'back in the day' pw-collector, and I was always fascinated by it though never ending up with one of my own. I also seem to remember that they were sold at SPENCER G...
  43. THANKS SO MUCH (albeit mostly belatedly) to SpiritBear, fortapache, EJW-54, vetraio50, iggy, officialfuel, ttomtucker, clockerman, Karenoke, Trey, & Brunswick for your <love it>s and comments!!! :-) :...
  44. MORE THANKS to spitball, Anik, Trey, yougottahavestuff, & Brunswick for your <love it>s and comments!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Thomas, the I-69 set came from Indiana via a fellow sign collector. Not...
  45. I just LOVE old advertising signs for "unusual" things...these two would certainly qualify!! <applause> https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/223193-schundler-mica-pellets https://www.collect...
  46. I'd be kinda w/ keramikos & Gillian about the 'dimples', but maybe to make it easier/safer for restaurant/cafeteria workers passing lots of plates around while assembling your lunch??
  47. Besides the OREO pictured I also recognize a LORNA DOONE as cookies that can still be found at the grocery store today -- are there others too?? COOL TIN!! :-) :-) :-)
  48. Why do I find myself giggling slightly at the whole idea of using "Tide Pods" in a wringer wash machine...?? ;-) :-)
  49. Oops...meant to add a link to EJW-54's bell...here 'tis: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/91648-1959-milton-driveway-signal-bell
  50. Agree w/valentino97. probably intended to hold sheet music. What a pretty shape it has! :-)
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