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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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antique walnut drop-front secretary (#2, more pics) - Furniturein Furniture
curb find antique mirror in frame  - Furniturein Furniture
antique walnut drop-front secretary - Furniturein Furniture
WHADDA *CROCK*!! (my #1100??!!) - Kitchenin Kitchen
large ACID CIGARS ashtray - Advertisingin Advertising
old wire LP/record player stand - Furniturein Furniture
The SPENCER TURBINE COMPANY "ORGOBLO" - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
yes, even more cast iron outside - Sewingin Sewing
this one's just a plain chunk (cast iron) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
antique water meter lid recovery - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware

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  1. 60 miles a gallon on that National Junior Racer, and it is "safe and easy" too??? I WANT ONE -- just the thing to get around on these days when gas is $2.50/gallon?!! <lolol>
  2. Sorry I can't help identify him Neil, but I can remark how totally cool he is -- I'd bet wearing him would be fun! How large is the pendant anyway, looks like maybe an inch or so across, or is he lar...
  3. Cool!!! :-) It looks like exactly what it says it is -- a fire extinguisher that one would fill with water then pump up with the handle (like a lawn sprayer) to make the pressure to spray the water o...
  4. There *are* such things as red colored street name signs scattered out around the USA, but they aren't common by any means. (or in other words it isn't against regulations, just not the 'conventional'...
  5. There is *much* information (and music) available about organs similar to this -- search for "reed organ" to start and narrow it from there. In most cases they are wonderfully sturdy little instrumen...
  6. /me too is *most curious* how all those bottles ended up there (or anywherever?!) all stacked up like that -- what a fun puzzle to maybe possibly figure out, or at least have fun guessing at?!! <appl...
  7. I can't help ID it, but will agree it'd make a way-cool pendant...that's prolly what I'd do with it...?? ;-) :-) :-)
  8. WONDERFUL asymmetrical shapes -- so unexpected, and SO VERY cool!!! <applause>
  9. My most sincere THANK YOUS to Theonlyone, fortapache, vetraio50, Brunswick, jscott0363, Vynil33rpm, hotairfan, Watchsearcher, Manikin, blunderbuss2, aura, & valentino97 for your good wishes -- especia...
  10. THANKS LOTS to Brunswick, dav2no1, Vynil33rpm, vetraio50, fortapache, & Shuzbut for your <love it> button taps!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  11. THANKS BIGLY to kwqd, jscott0363, fortapache, officialfuel, dav2no1, Watchsearcher, blunderbuss2, Brunswick, vetraio50, & aura for your <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  12. WOW, what a great response to my lucky CobraMatic find! Thanks much to Newfld, Brunswick, FadedHighways, Vynil33rpm, dav2no1, vetraio50, aura, jscott0363, fortapache, Shuzbut, officialfuel, raven3766...
  13. Thanks SO MUCH to fortapache, vetraio50, egreeley1976, kwqd, aura, Brunswick, Watchsearcher, & dav2no1 for your <love it>s!! In case anybody's curious, I've just added a new showing that is related, ...
  14. I know I had one exactly like it on my nightstand when I was younger...that'd be the late 1970's... <groan><lol>
  15. How did I miss this showing? I enjoy my own assortment of 'restaurant ware' as you do Ted -- nothing like plates and bowls that can easily withstand an accidental drop into the sink or onto the floor...
  16. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU dsither445!!! Indeed that's the Company I thought it was -- in addition to the equipment listed on it they also make blowers for pipe organs, for the last hundred years ...
  17. Pardon the interruption please, but I'm accidentally more curious about the ruler than the bottle -- does it advertise "The Spencer Turbine Company" perchance?? I'd love to see a picture or two of yo...
  18. OH YEAH, VERY COOL!!! :-) :-) :-)
  19. BE ALERT!! The world needs more LERTS!! (sorry...couldn't resist) ;-) ;-) :-) :-)
  20. CanCollect, this item is also termed an "annunciator". Besides duty in wealthy homes with servants, other often much larger variations (systems) were used in hotels, offices, and similar type places ...
  21. You are quite welcome, fortapache! Rest assured that, if you ever get tired of that sign in your collection, I'll more than *happily* give it a new home!! <lolol> :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  22. Well, I happen to think it is even *more* cool, because it *isn't* gas/oil, soft drinks, or tobacco...? Those are all quite common -- this one ain't...? ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  23. Thanks SO MUCH to Newfld, fortapache, Watchsearcher, dav2no1, vetraio50, Brunswick, & aura for your <love it>s!! Watchsearcher, that (remains of a) rake was picked up from a curb ~20yrs ago where it'...
  24. What a GREAT haul, and even GREATER (lesser?) asking price?!!!
  25. Agreeing with the others, these are mostly bottom taps. Nice ones too, by the names you mention! As to "why so many" kitchenrebeccal1, all I can offer is that (to a 'tool guy') such things are kind ...
  26. How interesting! I have a couple smaller variations of 'holders' like this which indeed I use as a 3rd/4th hand when soldering electrical things. No doubt they are also handy for crafting and such, ...
  27. I don't know about "value" monetarily, but I (personally) would certainly enjoy it more with the patina it has earned during its lifetime - especially when showing so evenly and neatly as your valet a...
  28. When I first glanced at the pics, I saw "JELLO OIL" for half a second...talk about "many other uses"...??!! <lol>
  29. Hmmm...I know I've got another old horseshoe around here somewhere that came along after I put that one over the door...mebbe I should go find it, and hang them both up there next to each other, *side...
  30. I actually looked into that 'horseshoe' thing when I hung it up there Watchsearcher, and came up with decidedly mixed reports whether the luck 'pouring out' of a so positioned shoe was as much a *bad ...
  31. I would be careful with attributions to this. I don't mean to be a pessimist and there's only four pics, but I have a table/chest much like this in general style and appearance. Mine has different a...
  32. GREAT collection, but your wife needs to let you get a (pair of?) BENDER, too...??
  33. <applause> It looks GREAT!!! GOOD WORK on saving it from the dump and returning it to beautiful functionality!!
  34. Along the lines of a snuff box (but its a little big for that?) maybe it was part of a ladies' compact -- is it slightly 'dished' like it almost appears in your pics? Also, can you tell anything at a...
  35. What a FUN looking puzzle?!!!!! VERY COOL -- can't wait to see it starting to come back together, please give us an update every so often!!
  36. Is it made of some sort of stone, then? (wood certainly wouldn't have survived, bone maybe...??) It is way cool no matter, I'm sorry I can't give any info on it! (that bit about a 6' trench made me...
  37. LUVLUV them even more for your oh so concise description of 'who wears the earrings' in your household... <lolol> ;-) :-)
  38. My HUGE THANKS to vetraio50, dav2no1, Brunswick, officialfuel, Watchsearcher, Bruce99, clockerman, fortapache, chrissylovescats, blunderbuss2, Beachbum58, MooreAntique, vintagegirl66, Designer, sugarg...
  39. And there we have it -- I'M WRONG?!!! <lolol>
  40. I'd bet money that you've got the horn portion of a **loud** signaling device -- something akin to an 'air raid siren'. Somebody prove me wrong...?? <lol>
  41. My favorite is the folding multi-tool knife with the fancy handles!! NICE!!! :-) :-) :-)
  42. A 'work of art' WS...??? I'll admit I kinda like it hanging there with the old dial thermometer and pinball machine sides and whatnot, but "art"...?? 'Symmetrical', yes it is that but for its road ...
  43. That's VERY COOL information ydnar6, especially from a true expert in such things!! Thanks for the update, and WAY TO GO!!! <applause>
  44. THANKS MUCH to dav2no1, Watchsearcher, vetraio50, & fortapache for the <love it>s again, probably, because I realized after showing this bottle that I'd already done so, a year ago...? <headdesk> h...
  45. THANKS kwqd, vetraio50, Rageunder, Irishcollector., hotairfan, Manikin, fortapache, & vynil33rpm for your <love it>s!! <smile>
  46. Thanks SO MUCH to Irishcollector., Newfld, dav2no1, Brunswick. Watchsearcher, vetraio50, fortapache, kwqd, & officialfuel for sharing your <love it>s for my greasy gloves! :-) :-) :-)
  47. SO MANY THANKS to Newfld, hotairfan, jscott0363, Aimathena, Vynil33rpm. fortapache, Brunswick, vetraio50, officialfuel, & dav2no1 for stopping by with your <love it>s! I've just added an edit here to...
  48. I recently posted a small basketful including very similar insulators with a little general info here: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/293823-a-basketful-of-elderly-electrical-wiring?in=user
  49. Indeed they look like they'd be very comfortable hanging from vintage 60's-70's "swag lamps"!!
  50. OR -- was "Texas Post" a newspaper?? That's what first struck me about that part?? To the pic I'd vote for refinery I think, could the slender tower w/bright spot atop at the LH center (pic 1 & 4) b...
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