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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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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…
a pile of parachute parts (I think?) & pair of paratrooper boots - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
unexpected kindnesses from new friends v.2 -- three new parking signs join the herd here - Signsin Signs
two fancy woodwork panels, now 'window treatments'... - Furniturein Furniture
VAREL mining drill bit keychains - Advertisingin Advertising
pointy things and earrings... :-) - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

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  1. ABSOLUTELY a 'store display' Rob -- we had numerous nearly identical to it (I don't remember that exact brand?) at the then-small-town lumber yard I (my Dad too, first) worked for when I was a teenag...
  2. Once more, he needs a "red donkey" companion to confound the political set...??!! ;-) ;-) :-) :-)
  3. I luvvvs me some Cyndi Lauper music too Thomas, but this National Register is truly the star of the show here. How fortunate for your Thomasville Library to have been bequeathed it -- also as fortuna...
  4. Quite a "sharp" assortment of little old machines, indeed!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  5. It looks like a little 'buffer' used during manicures/pedicures to polish the nails...??
  6. I'm most curious if its "decoration" to the base and neck appear to be original...guessing not quite frankly...? Still a cool old lamp, I have a few similar of my own... ;-) :-) :-)
  7. I agree w/ fhrjr2 in all respects. Please, however, make sure to add a little actual light *oil* to its motor after the WD-40 you have already used on it -- WD-40 is great stuff for helping to dissol...
  8. One more question RareBitRave -- is the plastic/resin the part is mounted inside of *solid*, or *hollow*in some way?
  9. Bill -- you're thinking along the very same lines I am. :-) Some kinda little electrissical bit of something that might have even made its producing Company a big ole pile of cash for 'revolutionary ...
  10. THANKS SO AWFULLY MUCH to Toyrebel, fortapache, bobby725, kwqd, TresureTex, Newfld, Brunswick, Vetraio50, Phonoboy, & iggy for stopping by and leaving your kind comments and <love it>s for my choo-cho...
  11. FWIW (probably not much?) the thing inside the plastic looks very much like its some kind of 'transformer', probably for some rather specialized usage due to its unusual form. That it is now so nicel...
  12. VERY curious about this item Marine -- are you (it) located in Europe as the power outlet on the wall next to this beauty would suggest? As a current resident of Arkansas (U.S.A.) I've never heard of...
  13. THANKS fort, for pointing out your own showing here of the same magnificently HUGE chunk of huffa-puffa iron that I just witnessed today for the first time?!! <applause>
  14. My guesses at first look...2nd pic is an old timey screen door 'holder closer' (as bobby suggests) and 4th pic is at least one 'paint can opener' -- 3rd pic looks more like an antiquish icebox/refrige...
  15. ...where's bb2 to comment..."snow" in the tropical islands and all...?? <LOLOL> FWIW bobby, there actually was the slightest little bit of 'winter precipitation' in My Fair State last nite, thankfu...
  16. What an interesting thing bobby725, but I think I'll take a pass on the whole idea of trying to actually "ride" it, and in fact the whole idea of "snow/winter" itself...?? ;-) :-) <lol>
  17. Look @ my avatar pic and tell me I don't like the old kittypic... ;-) :-)
  18. 'Stuff -- once more I am just so completely amazed and thankful for your incredible generosity. BB2, yes there's no doubt you need one down there on your tropical island too, along with a RxR crossin...
  19. Even more THANKS to aura & Vynil33rpm for stopping by for a look and a <love it>! :-) :-) :-) If y'all are interested, I now have yet one more *similar* bowl in my stack, shown here: https://ww...
  20. MORE THANKS to Roycroftbooksfromme1, LovelyPat, AnnaB, Newfld, & Nafssalg for visiting and being so kind to hit your <love it> buttons!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  21. With its beautiful red color I can't help but to love it -- even though I fully admit I don't really know squat about collectable glassware... ;-) y'all can discuss/argue amongst yourselves for where...
  22. <LOLOLOL> at/with keramikos -- "fairly peculiar" is indeed at least an accurate description of my own life, if not that of my family members...I wouldn't wanna otherwise accuse/indict any of them with...
  23. ...I mean "Nafssalg" of course...what an embarrasing typo... <groan><headdesk>
  24. More gracious THANKS to keramikos and Nafssalg for stopping by and punching the <love it> button!! I am still loving this big ole chunk of glass myself too, and actually use it every day?!! [da*n, b...
  25. What did he *do* -- the legends on his buttons/screen sure have unusual designations?? Alarm clock, toy that runs around on the kitchen floor, or both, or something else???
  26. THANKS SO MUCH to PhilDMorris, TassieDevil, TimeTraveller, fortapache, Caperkid, Nafsslag [love that 'handle' BTW...] & valentino97 for y'all's kind comments and <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  27. More THANKS to Vynil33rpm, Newfld, & yougottahavestuff for your <love it>s!! (and for dredging this showing up from the bottom of the list of my 'crap I've shown off' here?!! <lolol>)
  28. https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/250693-old-u-s-dept-of-defense-and-or-americ
  29. Sorry this comment won't be of much use to help you learn more about your cooler, but I can't help myself but to point out that it is, perhaps, just as unique/creepy/etc as my "blood box"...?? <appla...
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFXwpTYH2Vo
  31. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) You're more than welcome Filln -- I'm SO happy to help your sleep!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  32. I have a similar thingie in my toolbox @ work; it is used to help install the individual little metal contact parts into plastic multi-pin ("Molex") electrical connectors. Mine doesn't have the 'dou...
  33. Gotta admit, I think I'd be tempted to display that lovely chunk of glass *upside down* (as in your 3rd pic) just to emphasize its exquisite swirly shape... ;-) <giggle>
  34. One other probably useless bit of trivia I'd guess at (because I certainly don't know for sure?!) is that, whatever seemingly unusual animal these "saddles" might have been meant for would probably al...
  35. If that thing was 'silvertone' instead (and if it really did fit me, at 7.5" it might?) I'd probably wear it myself every once in awhile... ;-) <lol>
  36. They struck me as some kind of unusual 'saddle type' thing too...could they be the kind of seat you'd use to ride on an elephant?? The rings on its feet seem like they could have helped strap it to s...
  37. He's cute -- you should try to find a similar *red donkey* to pair him up with...confuse *everybody* during the impending (dreaded?!) 'election season'...?!! <wink><wink><giggle>
  38. There is a simple answer to your dilemma, Vynil. You are, obviously, lacking enough assorted **light-up toys** amongst your shelvesful of wonderfullness...?!! <LOL>
  39. THANKS SO MUCH to blunderbuss2, fortapache, Watchsearcher, MALKEY, Newfld, Brunswick, valentino97, Manikin, and iggy for also appreciating these little bits of pretty woodwork and their story -- esp. ...
  40. THANKS SO MUCH to Broochman, fortapache, Newfld, Brunswick, Vynil33rpm, & Manikin for punching your <love it> buttons!!!
  41. The two footed bowls are really fun, esp. the orange one! ;-) :-) As to that blue fluted one, I do have one by Haeger in a very similar shape, but smaller (I think) and a mauve pink color...?
  42. Approval *granted* -- what a *fun* thing, Vynil!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  43. You are so very welcome, kaufdrop!! :-) :-) :-) Your TONKA has certainly survived the years in better condition than mine, it looks GREAT! Interesting also that yours is labeled "TONKA [of] Toronto...
  44. New pic added showing the thermometer in its new 'home' on my carport wall... ;-) :-)
  45. My MOST GRACIOUS THANK-YOUs to Brunswick, blunderbuss2, fortapache, Watchsearcher, valentino97, TreasureTex, Newfld, Irishcollector., yougottahavestuff, fhrjr2, Phonoboy, buckethead, & jscott0363 for ...
  46. THANKS SO MUCH fhrjr2 for the very interesting further information -- *very* helpful to give a more accurate 'age range' to this thing!! <smile><applause>
  47. Similar (albeit longer, usually 6-10"?) are still available and commonly used as 'inserts' in those candle-lighter/snuffer wand thingies often spotted being carried by somebody near the beginning or e...
  48. "Fine art" certainly isn't my specialty by any means, but I also find it fascinating to learn this little tidbit/connection about Vincent Price and Sears-Roebuck for the first time -- thanks for shari...
  49. I wonder what that thing really *is* -- some sort of gavel or something??
  50. No idea whatsoever what it really is, but it is certainly WAY-COOL....???!!!! :-) :-) :-) Any markings/etc on it, or evidence of something inside it or connecting to it...???
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