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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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GINORMOUS brass 6-light chandelier project, the BEFORE pics - Lampsin Lamps
the newest 'cast iron bit' to help decorate my flowerbed - Advertisingin Advertising
ACROPRINT time recorder/punch clock - Clocksin Clocks
"PHONE" flange sign added to the carport walls this afternoon - Telephonesin Telephones
SATELLITE COFFEE CO. & CAFE' sign, now officially "wall art" instead - Signsin Signs
old DEXTER carbon steel butcher knife - Kitchenin Kitchen
my "ROCK" pinball machine, by PREMIER - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
my kitchen window show - Lampsin Lamps
my newest (kinda) necklace, a 'dental souvenir' of sorts?  - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
'smalls on the wall #6' (kinda) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware

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  1. Yes buckethead, it *is* most definitely a "big" sucker. Even if out in the carport, I'll still havta hang it 'off center' towards the highest part of that ceiling (kinda in front of the Satellite Caf...
  2. THANKS LOTS to bobby725, Watchsearcher, fortapache, Brunswick, yougottahavestuff, & Vynil33rpm for sharing my appreciation of this poor busted up chunk of iron?!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  3. Replacements.com is always my first stop for such info. Pics of their maker's marks could maybe help 'date' them (unless as sorta-fuzzy as these pics are...is the pattern actually red, or brown?) but...
  4. Do you happen to know any of the history of the board itself, Bobby? Rubber seems like a kind of strange material to have made such a board from for 'household' usage, which makes me wonder (along wi...
  5. An absolutely BEAUTIFUL way to display several unique things, esp that checkerboard?!! How COOL that is!!! :-) :-) :-)
  6. THANKS also to EJW-54 & Brunswick for stopping by! :-) :-) :-)
  7. More THANKS to blunderbuss2, EJW-54, & iggy for stopping by with the <love it>s! :-) :-) :-)
  8. More THANKS to clockerman, iggy, & elanski! :-) :-) :-) I've actually got a 2nd different punchclock banging around here somewheres as well...I guess I should try to find/show it too?! ;-) :-)
  9. LOVE the RxR signs -- that UP shield in particular is *fabulous*!! Now, more details about the traffic signal please...who made it, where'd it come from, does it currently work, etc. etc. etc.?? ;-)...
  10. It strikes me as something that might have been used to skim the 'crud' offa the top of something else held in a vat or tank of some kind...maybe for use in a foundry with molten (soft?) metal ?? Wh...
  11. If I had the resources you have RT, it very well might be standing in my backyard instead right now. (where actually, I might or might not want to 'restore' it to its former Sinclair logo...it's actu...
  12. What an interesting article Ted -- thanks for sharing the further info!! :-) :-) :-)
  13. Murphy Oil also still operates fuel stations/c-stores around here, though I fully admit I know nothing of the lineage of the name...?
  14. LOVE this one -- there's actually another Sinclair sign probably much like it (but sans its dino above...) not too far from me here. Though it got repainted many yrs ago when its station building bec...
  15. THANKS MUCH to Bruce99, fortapache, Broochman, pw-collector, Brunswick, & yougotthavestuff for stopping by and leaving your <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  16. There are also at least a couple similar tins already shown here on CW rather recently, I know because one of 'em is mine. ;-) :-) Is it safe to assume you're using the term "double sided" to ref...
  17. Thanks SO much to you Thomas -- also to fortapache, Newfld, Watchsearcher, Vynil33rpm, & officialfuel for the <love it>s!! I just had a Homer Simpson <dohh> moment when realizing I'd actually alr...
  18. Belated THANKS to blunderbuss2, clockerman, fortapache, officialfuel, iggy, leighannrn, Chevelleman69, Roycroftbooksfromme1, & ttomtucker for having a look and sharing your likes/loves for my sign!! ...
  19. Interesting thought Thomas, here's another. ;-) Maybe something that 'stirred' something else though not necessarily in a kitchen, perhaps laundry in a kettle, or animal feed, or ?? Also guessing ...
  20. Oops -- more thanks to officialfuel -- you snuck in there while I was writing all that above?! <lol>
  21. THANKS SO MUCH to jscott0363, blunderbuss2, fortapache, elanski, Newfld, 7 purvis for stopping by and leaving your comments/<love it>s!! I agree jscott, it looks *much* better there (and is also no d...
  22. What a *cute* little guy, who's no doubt gonna end up growing up with an absolutely AWESOME assortment of 'Big Boy Toys" ;-) to play with, at least whenever he visits his Grampa...? What a LUCKY "...
  23. As I understand it (without pretending to be anybody's 'expert' at all, mind you!) the 'Semichrome test' for bakelite is indeed the result of an ever-so-gentle "polishing" operation/process, in much t...
  24. Is it possible that somebody else "cleaned" them previous to your purchase, and/or would that be a reason they wouldn't react much to the Simichrome polish?
  25. Thanks SO much fortapache, mikelv85, pw-collector, Irishcollector., & hunterqlee for your <love it>s! For anyone interested, I've also shown a couple of my favorite 'industrial' spatulas, both also p...
  26. It DOES look like its in great shape -- esp if it survived being 'plugged in/turned on' (after who knows how many decades sitting dormant?) without something blowing up in there. :-) I'd suggest you ...
  27. Sorry if this bursts a bubble, but I'd bet more 1990's for it...a pretty light, anyways?!
  28. UPDATE Jun2019 -- two new pics added to show what 'plan B' turned out to be PP -- "wall art" they now are...?!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  29. Originally held salad dressing, I'll bet... :-)
  30. Looks like beautiful (solid?) black walnut to me, I can't quite imagine why anyone would want to veneer over that...? :-)
  31. As bobby725 (I think) has commented to your other posting, these are typical examples of otherwise very common 'skeleton keys'. It shouldn't take much time at all to discover *many* others like them...
  32. I keep thinking 'light fixture part' for some reason, but still also don't have the slightest idea *why*, or *what* such a part might do...?? Certainly nothing electrical in nature, maybe if it was j...
  33. FWIW I still pick up errant pennies when I notice 'em discarded on the ground at the gas station/grocery/etc...not that I *do* anything with 'em then but drop 'em in an old glass jug on my dresser, bu...
  34. I used to have a likely similar vintage glass spray bottle that once held "SPARKLE" window cleaner instead -- maybe WINDEX' primary competitor then, it was a purple colored liquid instead that nonethe...
  35. Mostly for keramikos & Vynil33rpm (but also for anyone else following along?) I just added a couple fresh pics of the now completed new 'mixed use structure' that occupies 504 Central -- I happened to...
  36. A more proper name would probably be "tuning posts and screws" but I'm nobody's expert on guitars... :-)
  37. PEACE and WELLNESS back at'cha Thomas!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) [I hate hospitals... <groan>]
  38. I'd havta guess some sort of 'building support column' thingie but don't know for sure -- one thing I *can* say with certainty is, if it was mine, it'd also be someplace outside "decorating" a flowerb...
  39. You still have one more pic available to add to this showing Jimmyjet --just hit the <edit post> button which will take you back to a screen where you can add it in exactly the same way you did with t...
  40. Here's a YouTube video discovered this afternoon, showing how my machine might theoretically work again someday...?? https://youtu.be/cXVARfdlhNI Also found an online database which definitive...
  41. THANKS SO MUCH fellow pinball fans: fortapache, Broochman, purvis, Newfld, Vynil33rpm, blunderbuss2, mikelv85, elanski, and Manikin for stopping by and tapping your <love it> buttons for me!! :-) :-)...
  42. Hmmm... I don't think that little black/silver thing is a "pencil sharpener" at all...?? <fingerwag><lol>
  43. Nothing in life isn't better without DUCT TAPE. (pic #1 & 2) <LOL> Also for the record, I had all of those Fisher-Price toys (top shelf, pic 3) when I was a kid. :-) :-) :-) Is that you in pic4,...
  44. Kinda agreeing w/bb2. Though its 'non handle' end does look like its made to clamp onto a pipe (or something slender and round anyway?) if it was a thread cutter there'd probably also need to be some...
  45. From those pics, I'd havta guess "repro", though maybe also actually an older example of such. Your 2nd pic makes it appear the sign is made of galvanized steel (is it magnetic??) under its paint, wh...
  46. I'd wonder if the "contents" aren't somewhat newer than the 'bottle design', only because the cap shows its volume in milliliters along with ounces. Wasn't it more late 60's/early 70's when they star...
  47. Nice grouping of 4 generations of PEPSI returnables newest-oldest! :-) :-) :-)
  48. Hi a&c38, and thanks!! I haven't had the light any more than a couple years, and it was still unused in its original box/packing when I got it so I know it isn't really very old. Nonetheless your l...
  49. How big is it, maybe 3-4" by your pics?? Anyways, I'd havta wonder if it was meant for usage as some 'indicator' part of a fire alarm or annunciator system, instead of actually on a fire truck...?? ...
  50. I also don't have any actual idea of what/when it *is*, but I certainly wouldn't kick it outta my dining room either, anyways...? <lolol> :) :-) :-)
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