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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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and here's a few old organ 'pipe shop' tools - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
and still more old pipe organ tools -- various knives - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
more old pipe organ tools -"nicking tools" - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
another set and a half of FONDUE FORKS - Kitchenin Kitchen
mini PEPSI COLA bottle salt shaker - Advertisingin Advertising
pair of metal JIM BEAM BOURBON logo signs - Advertisingin Advertising
more antique 'pipe organ brass' tools -- "toe cones" - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
antique brass pipe organ tools - "tuning cones" - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
ELECTRIC PROTECTION, by POTTER - Electronicsin Electronics
heavy old lead hammer - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware

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  1. Yup...I used to have a few of these in my 'stash box' too. (which might or might not still be laying around here somewhere, ifn's it truly ever "existed" in the first place, but whatever...) The gree...
  2. What a FUN collection -- I've got one of those brown-logo coffee mugs, too! :-)
  3. More KIND THANKS to fortapache, Watchsearcher, blunderbuss2, bottle-bud, racer4four, Caperkid, & Brunswick for having a look and tapping your <love it> button -- I'm happy y'all can also appreciate th...
  4. Thanks so very kindly to Watchsearcher, Vynil33rpm, fortapache, blunderbuss2, bottle-bud, racer4four, & Brunswick for having a look and tapping the <love it> button!! Racer -- we're not quite dea...
  5. PLEASE DO add a pic or two once you do take the back off -- I'd love to see what it looks like inside, too!! :-) :-) :-)
  6. Weird idea kinda along the tailoring line of thought -- maybe the chair is made for someone to sit on one *side* (or the other) of its seat instead, such that the flat/wide/low "backrest" could hold s...
  7. With respect kwqd, I've gotta agree with artfoot that these fixtures might not have been intended to have 'shades' on them. Electric lights were a 'brand new technology' at the time -- thus a novelty...
  8. Handheld garden shears, for trimming/pruning things, cutting flowers, or etc.
  9. I'd think the 1920's would be a logical time frame for an 1880's house to have first been "electrified"...? Its a lovely (and large?!) fixture, could we possibly see another few pics of it?
  10. THANKS MUCH to Brunswick and blunderbuss2 for your comments, also Vynil33rpm, fortapache, Newfld, bobby725, and Caperkid for tapping the <love it> button!! :-) :-) :-)
  11. No, they aren't like tuning forks in that they don't make/provide any actual 'pitch reference'. Think of these more like very specialized hammers (sorta like auto body tools?) which are designed to fo...
  12. THANKS Y'ALL to Vynil33rpm, fortapache, blunderbuss2, Watchsearcher, Caperkid, nutsabotas6, kwqd, bottle-bud, and iggy for stopping by and hitting your <love it> buttons! YES bb2 -- absolutely th...
  13. Thanks SO VERY MUCH to blunderbuss2, Vynil33rpm, Brunswick, fortapache, ho2culcha, Toyrebel, Roycroftbooksfromme1, kwqd, iggy, and officialfuel for stopping by and leaving your comments and<love it>s!...
  14. THANKS SO MUCH THOMAS for leaving a comment -- also kind THANKS to kwqd, fortapache, Caperkid, Newfld, Irishcollector, Ben, and iggy for stopping by and tapping the <love it> button!!
  15. Thanks SO MUCH to fortapache, kwqd, Newfld, Irishcollector, Caperkid, and Brunswick for stopping by and tapping the <love it> button -- also to racer4four and UncleRon for taking a moment to add your ...
  16. Agree w/flashlaure & UncleRon who is also correct that their tips are actually made of copper -- due to that fact, they were also commonly known as "soldering coppers" -- you might have better luck se...
  17. ABSOLUTELY AGREE w/UncleRon. Clean it gently with vacuum/compressed air (carefully w/turpentine if there are greasy spots, and/or the paint spatter) then find someplace to display it *just like it is...
  18. I would have never thought of the idea to serve ginger ale "hot, in cold weather"... how would that even work, wouldn't heating it sorta counteract/negate the carbonation??
  19. THANKS SO VERY MUCH to Newfld for your comment, and to iggy, officialfuel, SpiritBear, Newfld, Anik, AnnaB, Watchsearcher, fortapache, TassieDevil, Caperkid, Brunswick, aura, and AdeleC for tapping th...
  20. I could see it as a 'handle' that clamps onto something else -- keeping with the 'barnyard' theme, maybe a livestock grooming brush or something??
  21. Looks like a fun card but I wish the pics weren't so hopelessly BLURRY, so's we could actually see it...??
  22. Similar tools can also used to twist wires together for certain 'electrical' applications, usually wiring within a piece of equipment.
  23. OOPS -- my belated THANKS to jscott0363, fortapache, Newfld, Brunswick, officialfuel, Caperkid, and ofwhatiam ?!! I'm SO HAPPY y'all stopped by and tapped the <love it> button for this little group o...
  24. <LOLOL> with 'ya Watchsearcher -- I thought about that when posting, but decided the chance was unlikely enough to include the (amusing anyway?) detail. I suppose "Jennifer" is probably luckier she '...
  25. THANKS SO MUCH to fortapache, Newfld, Caperkid, kwqd, Brunswick, elanski, gargoylecollector, & aura fir stopping by and tapping the <love it> button!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  26. I would have to guess/bet that this qualifies as what we'd now call a "medical quackery" device -- as in, no matter what ailment it might have been intended to 'treat' or 'cure', it would likely now b...
  27. That's SO COOL!!! <applause>
  28. fortapache -- you obviously need a "jacob's ladder" to go with that display?! https://www.google.com/search?q=jacob%27s+ladder&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=w5kc2CVgN7HMkM%253A%252CPd1DsgMTpVHZLM...
  29. Guessing the yellow STOP is actually the oldest of these (maybe actually as old as 1920's, thus its also generally 'poorest condition?) but the others could likely be slightly newer, into the mid/late...
  30. I had one (two?) of those blue Cub Scout knives in my teen's. (70's) Wonder what ever happened to it, maybe still in a box or drawer around here someplace...?? THANKS for the memories anyway?!! :-) ...
  31. Why THANK YOU SO MUCH Thomas, for such a kind compliment?!! ;-) ;-) :-) This panel is most certainly "unique" and "one of a kind" at the very least...but I'd bet the whole idea of collecting traffi...
  32. Agree with keramikos, the pink one is likely genuine (you can barely make out the faint Fiesta name/logo in your pic) from the 50's but the others shown are more conventional Homer Laughlin (commerci...
  33. LOVE the Pepsi board!! :-)
  34. Agreeing with jscott, Polk Audio was indeed a high-end brand back then...even if in a 'bookshelf' size, I'd bet this pair of speakers could easily out-perform your larger Sansui set. GREAT SNAG to ca...
  35. Thanks so kindly to fortapache, jscott0363, Ben, and aura for tapping the <love it> button and especially to Newfld for leaving a comment!! I'm pleased I'm not the only one that found the patterns on...
  36. THANKS SO MUCH to keramikos, blunderbuss2, racer4four, fortapache, jscott0363, Horseradishman1, and iggy for your kind comments and <love its>!!! kera, I'm betting bb2 is just 'having fun'...which ...
  37. Thanks VERY MUCH to elanski, iggy, SpiritBear, Anik. valentino97, fortapache, jscott0363, Toyrebel, and Vynil33rpm for stopping by and sharing the love of my old bricks!! :-) :-) :-)
  38. OH -- I almost forgot -- the other thing the store clerk reported while I asked about my 5 'loose ducks' was that, apparently, the person that bought the "whole big bin full" of all the rest of them i...
  39. THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL Y'ALL FOR YOUR <love its> and FUN COMMENTS!! Watchsearcher, you could be correct, I've heard of 'rubber duck races' like you describe too, just not around here that I know of ...
  40. Thanks SO VERY MUCH to fortapache, Caperkid, Toyrebel, Brunswick, truthordare, and blunderbuss2 for your <love it>s, comments, and info!! Thomas, I don't know how to use them as 'eating utensils' e...
  41. Thanks much to AnnaB, Toyrebel, fortapache, Newfld, Caperkid, Brunswick, jscott0363, & racer4four for tapping the <love it> button for me! :-) :-) :-) Lucky for you/your set Anna -- I think I had to...
  42. My gracious thanks to Newfld, racer4four, fortapache, Collectables59, Caperkid, nutsabotas6, and worthit2 for tapping the <love it> button -- even more to nutsabotas6 for leaving your kind comment! N...
  43. Thanks so much to Caperkid, Brunswick, fortapache, nutsabotas6, and TassieDevil for stopping by and tapping the <love it> button! :-) :-) :-)
  44. Hubcaps?
  45. Indeed Deepseas72...I almost think I might be seeing the same something you are in it...no wonder Anik's Mom was also giggling...?? <LOL> Nonetheless, it is truly a lovely piece of glass. (no matt...
  46. It IS an intriguing shape and fun color, no matter its age/origin?!! :-)
  47. All good MyCountry -- I'm still hoping I don't miss it if/when FH posts further results of his (?) experiments with whatever this valve/spigot actually is/does...? ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  48. MyCountry, FUNNYHUMAN did indeed answer with more info and pics, in another posting here: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/252744-antique-brass-spigot-follow-up?in=user
  49. Gotta love Louisiana...the only remaining State in the USA which allows "drive-up daiquiri stands", and thus where a typical 'go cup' with lid *and the end of the paper wrapper still left on the straw...
  50. HI akrodog! (Ken?) I'll try to 'scratch up' a thought or two shortly, and will send along to your email if I come up with anything that actually might be useful to 'ya...? <lol> Meanwhiles, is there...
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