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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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sixteen extra feets - Animalsin Animals
kitties and a sticker, 08.11.22 - Animalsin Animals
my two mostest favoritest neckties - Advertisingin Advertising
little black furballs - Animalsin Animals
"Junior" - Photographsin Photographs
another "homoerotic" artwork, ID help please?? - Fine Artin Fine Art
SINGER portable record player - Electronicsin Electronics
cleavers - Kitchenin Kitchen
another antique mirror - Furniturein Furniture
gray woodgrain formica dropleaf dinette table - Furniturein Furniture


  1. Hotairfan, the 'puppy' is otherwise a 70lb bag of cement on legs baby horse, not so subtle when she comes and goes outta the bed. Sweet and adorable anyways, best dog ever and all that (from a cat pe...
  2. Hair is hair, all of us (at least used to) have it whether 'afro' or not. Our particular types determine typical ways to deal with/wear it, which often includes various accessories or adornments. I ...
  3. Rattletrap, I'm so happy you got these to preserve with the rest of your collections, as well as happy that your wife understands and approves. She deserves a gold star too... :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  4. Stuff -- I'll guess the 'other' is Howard Johnson??
  5. Also a really cool thing that yours has its original chain and clip still attached!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  6. FWIW I haven't read any of the links either, though I do own half a dozen-ish ACME whistles. Most of mine are probably newer and have a slightly tapered 'mouthpiece' unlike this one that has parallel...
  7. Bless you again Vynil for sharing your poetry with us. This one particularly useful for me today, right now. :-)
  8. That's gotta be the prettiest "brass knuckles" I've ever seen...?? <lol>
  9. Oh how I need something like that for my 'rust garden'... <LOLOL> Shouldn't be a problem to get its lightbulb/cord fixed...hope you'll update us if you ever get around to doing that! :-) :-) :-)
  10. With a base that spectacular for a lamp, who should care whether you can also see a little bit of its lightbulb cord on the back of (instead of inside) it?? Find a cool replica 'cloth covered' one of...
  12. Wow -- this looks just like one I got and showed a few weeks ago -- I'm gonna havta look closer thru the rust on mine to see if I can find that maker's stamp?! :-)
  13. One more observation -- the numbers stamped on these don't strike me as common ''tuning fork' pitch numbers, the most common of which would be something like "A-440" which would be the first (if not o...
  14. (quoting Motoolz) "PS: Now that i have said all that, it will surely turn out to be a left handed tuning fork. for a right handed piano !! LOL........." <LOL> too, my CW friend. I can't agree wit...
  15. I think fortapache is close with his traffic signal guess, but will need to take a little more time to confirm it...stay tuned y'all... :-)
  16. FABULOUS!! :-) :-) :-)
  17. I would wonder if this was an early version of what I grew up knowing as a "city wheel tax sticker" on the lower driver's side of the windshield, if your car was registered in said city in IL...??
  18. That is SO COOL!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  19. Two of us who agree w/you Motoolz... ;-) and I also wholly agree how enjoyable this website is, for those (most?) of us that like 'learning new stuff about old stuff'... :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  20. Now after a closer look (and beyond the giggles) and with dav2no1's comments, I would want to agree that the light fixture itself probably was a piece of photo-darkroom equipment at first, that somebo...
  21. That thing could SO be my own 'office desk' (which also serves occasionally as a 'workbench') despite other prettier more 'furniture' ones I also have. I LOVE IT!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  22. And here I was, at first glance, thinking "DUREX" was a brand of condoms...?? <LOL>
  23. I'm a little over 6 months old than they are...COOL... ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  24. Welcome to CW...I can't give it to you myself but can tell ya that you'll have all the info ++ you ever wanted to know about your machine a search here for anybody else's Singer machines ...
  25. I had a dear friend who lived in DeFuniak, though I never had the pleasure to visit her home there, even while passing close by on I-10 during multiple work trips that didn't allow the extra time. RI...
  26. I'm nearly thinking I had one of those for awhile, back then...?? <LOL>
  27. I can't say I care for/about their namesake, but I fully agree they're all beautiful neckties in all their splashy colorful designs...hope this comment isn't inadvertently rude... :-)
  28. It is a FABULOUS and AMAZING collection!!! I only have one or four myself, you've prolly got one of each in there somewhere... :-) :-) :-)
  29. The most recent wearage of the red/blue one was when I recently loaned it to a young friend for his then impending 'new job interview'. He got the job, there wasn't a report back that his interviewer...
  30. What a WONDERFUL big ole boxful of antique electronics!!
  31. And that's why we all love our various collections of furballs (dawgs too, or whatever other critters) and willingly expend the fund$ to keep 'em around in our lives, no matter how/where they found th...
  32. Also so sorry that I prolly missed the part that your Mr.G might now be gone from your bad, he was (maybe still is, if I'm still misunderstanding?) a beautiful little furball of unconditiona...
  33. And this might not be a surprise, but the kittycat is my fav of your photos in this showing...all the glass is spectacular too but not really my specialty... ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  34. Lovely indeed...if I have somehow been able to contribute to your (and my own) enjoyment by being a member here, so much the better. With my best wishes, Tim
  35. And hotairfan -- if I would have been one of those little boys in its day, you better believe I would have wanted one...I had to settle for old sewing machine or fan motors (or TV sets) and whatnot in...
  36. VERY COOL. I didn't (and wouldn't have ever) known such a thing existed, thanks for sharing (and educating) us all by showing it.
  37. Your partner is wrong -- it is a beautiful thing no matter who made it when... :-) :-) :-) :-)
  38. Nifty 'sneek-a-toke' here too...I also have one or three of those... <giggle>
  39. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  40. rniederman -- WAY COOL!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  41. Do you have any clue (yet) what it once went *into*?? VERY COOL little machine anyways about it... :-) :-) :-)
  42. And FWIW, my land yacht has a 460 4bbl under its hood...GM never got anything quite that big stuffed into a 'vette (to my knowledge anyway) and it wouldn't beat a 'vette off the line, but if yo...
  43. And YES, it looks like a really cool old tool, no matter what it is intended to do... :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  44. With respect, try cali*p*er instead in your search string...?? :-) :-)
  45. Always wanted one (no matter what year/model) but never got one, which I've always tried to resolve myself with (I think) because the things were also alway$ a huge PITA to maintain, because GM stuffe...
  46. From one 'road sign collector' to another -- these are nice ones, esp the NO PARKING which is unique by its legend and doubt a product of some local city jurisdiction's sign shop. :-) :-) :-)
  47. Nope charmsomeone but I wish I I did, I do have a namebadge/plate from a Halsey-Taylor (I think) model, but that machine itself is also long gone.
  48. My hat is off to you, Ben, for the efforts you've given to allow all the rest of us to otherwise show/brag/ask about all our crap, then usually learn something new about. This place has been and rema...
  49. Is it by the same company that made the OASIS refrigerated drinking water fountains??
  50. CONGRATULATIONS, Sir -- to both you and Savannah!! :-) :-) :-) :) :-)
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