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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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the remains of an old [1956 Chevrolet] pickup truck (#2) - Classic Carsin Classic Cars
the remains of an old [1956 Chevrolet] pickup truck (#1)  - Classic Carsin Classic Cars
funeral flowers - Photographsin Photographs
vintage OPERATION HIDDEN AGENDA playing cards - Cardsin Cards
the newest garden flower, now a pair of 'em - Photographsin Photographs
funky old floor (bridge?) lamp - Lampsin Lamps
PENTAX 35mm film camera - Camerasin Cameras
another pretty flower that popped up in my garden today - Photographsin Photographs
"BUSINESS REPLY MAIL" - Paperin Paper
little "69" steel sign - Signsin Signs

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  1. I heartily applaud you Bruce99, not only for your outstanding work to restore this beautiful old timepiece machine, but for your knowledge and ability to do so in the first place. Those are all delic...
  2. Somehow I missed your most interesting diversion (?) in the comments here, keramikos -- you just caused a rusty gear in my brain to break loose for a second too. We might have had those receptacles h...
  3. THANK YOUS to Watchsearcher, kwqd, blunderbuss2, fortapache, & officialfuel for stopping by with your <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  4. And even at that, it'd only be able to provide the "hole" -- and not even using the correct-ish kinda hollow surgical stainless (and more than razor sharp) actual 'needle' to then allow the piercing j...
  5. It'd prolly be better as a 'tongue piercer' these days I guess, since that's also become popular these days so many decades after pierced ears were a 'new thing'...and it is obviously way older than t...
  6. Ear piercing machine?? No, probably not I suppose... ;-) ;-) ;-)
  7. OH, and PS -- I'm also not sure whatever that metal thing poking out under its rear LH side (pic 3) actually used to be its back bumper, or if that's just a spurious other piece of scrap iron...??
  8. <LOLOLOL> keramikos!! It just looked so dreadfully weird hanging there. (w/its typical 70's big floral print style upholstery, dust ruffle, cushions, and all that still mostly intact, swinging itself...
  9. Well bb2, there's 'bedsprings', 'seatsprings', and lots of accidental 'leaves', at least...frankly I never got down on my hands and knees to see what holds its back axle on...?? <LOL> THANKS SO MU...
  10. Cool logo on its side!! Does it still work?? :-) :-) :-)
  11. I agree w/the others Marie-- even if it is a wee bit to naturally 'greasy' for your taste, it took it *many* years of useful service to get there and if you go to scrubbing on it all that'll be gone f...
  12. Agreeing w/all the others -- a good snag on your part for a decent price, and good advice what to do with it if you don't wanna just leave it as is. One other thing I would wonder about is if its han...
  13. Update 28May2020. This little ring has now been given to one of my partner's sisters, along with a single little diamond (?) stud earring he also found in that cleanout house after I found the ri...
  14. OH, all the many and various "dangerous things" that we 'old farts' used to be routinely allowed to play with...even at the risk of getting smacked in the face with a ball on the end of a rope, or wor...
  15. Gracious THANKS to iggy and rniederman for your comments, especially for the date info rneiderman. :-) :-) :-) Also of course to fortapache, Newfld, vetraio50, iggy, brunswick, poticheman, & MALKEY f...
  16. THANK YOU to yougottahavestuff, fortapache, poticheman, vetraio50, Newfld, RichmondLori, Brunswick, blunderbuss2, & elanski for y'all's <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  17. My kind THANKS to all y'all for your comments and <love it>s, kwqd, Broochman, Watchsearcher, fortapache, Vynil33rpm, MALKEY, Newfld, vetraio50, officialfuel, aura, & keramikos!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :...
  18. THANKS MUCH to kwqd, fortapache, vetraio50, Brunswick, & yougottahavestuff for your <love it>s of this unique (??) old lamp!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  19. THANKS SO VERY MUCH to Broochman, poticheman, Hoot60, and keramikos for your *most informative* comments and links!! Hoot60, keramikos is absolutely correct, I wouldn't *think* of deleting your infor...
  20. THANK YOU ALL so very kindly, Watchsearcher, Cokeman1959, fortapache, vetraio50, RichmondLori, aura, Brunswick, keramikos, & Vynil33rpm for your sympathies and <love it> button punches, on behalf of n...
  21. OK, silly question here because I can't remember for sure -- was "Simpson-Sears" a Canadian arm of "Sears-Roebuck" in the USA??
  22. That type of phone number would indeed suggest a late 40's/early 1950's age for it, to me anyway...? NICE sign anyways, and no doubt rather unique now!! :-) :-)
  23. OH -- and Phre5d the elephant ear is also in the background in pic 2...he's indeed seeming to be very happy himself out there in his new 'digs'... ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)
  24. Or in fact "slavery" truthordare, which was probably the more common alternative down here during those days. :-( :-( :-( Thanks very much fhrjr2 for showing the photo and providing the extra his...
  25. OH how I could so easily wish the "Atomic Disintegrator" was actually a real thing and that I had one...but its probably better that it isn't and I don't...if it was and I did I'd no doubt wanna use i...
  26. PLEASE do show us a few more of your collection one of these days mikeigotit --I agree w/ Hoot60 -- WAY COOL!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  27. All you should havta do is connect one of the brass 'connector posts' on the key to one of the similar posts on the sounder (just one little wire) then hook the wires from a power supply (I'd start wi...
  28. Cokeman, you seem like the kinda guy who should easily be able to at least connect the key to the *SOUNDER* (that's the correct term!) and get it to 'click' when you tap the 'key', using a few bits of...
  29. That was the 'beauty' (thus attraction for folks to make their own back in the early radio days) of this kinda device, it didn't require an external power source. Thus also why it couldn't drive anyt...
  30. Oh, and those 'receivers' are simply electromagnetic relay type gizmos, the moving part near their top toggles back and forth just to make a "click" noise which delivers the incoming Morse Code messag...
  31. How BIZARRE -- I woulda wanted it too! (ifn's I could afford it?) Almost looks like it could also be a tiny "fountain" if there's anything more than typical lamp wiring inside its base?? Sorry I can'...
  32. Yup, that's exactly what those are -- one "key" in the middle (to send outgoing messages) and a pair of 'receivers' (probably the wrong term there?) for incoming messages. Guessing someone mounted al...
  33. I'd bet that's (at least most of) a homebuilt "crystal radio". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_radio
  34. I've never seen anything quite like it (thus don't have the foggiest guess what it might have been intended for) but it sure is WAY-COOL -- if it was mine I'm sure it wouldn't take me too long at all ...
  35. LOVELOVELOVE that 2nd photo Ed -- those don't look like 'toy' bees to me...how on earth did you get that pic without getting yourself "stung"...?? ;-) :-)
  36. /me <smiling> again... ;-) :-)
  37. /me <smiling> and <lol> at everybody's comments! :-) :-) :-)
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  39. What PRECIOUS babies Bill!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Bless you for not only looking out for them (whether temporarily or not) AND sharing their pics with the rest of us here too in the meantime!!!! ...
  40. A very clever way to avoid "copyright infringement", mebbe...??? <LOL>
  41. Can't EVER argue with free (potential) money laying by the curb in some other unknowing person's trash pile, can we...??? GREAT SAVE! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  42. ...just don't ever *pee* on the electric fence... <YEOWWWWCH><LOLOLOL> Cool old machine, Hoot60! ;-) :-)
  43. Thank you so much keramikos and Trey for your kind thoughts. SO appreciated on not only my behalf, but those of Bear's more immediate family.
  44. Except Vynil, for my most overwhelmed (at the moment) THANK YOUS to Lizagnadish and keramikos for y'all's research (not to mention inspiration?!) to show me what my poor old curb rescue was/is and cou...
  45. Oh WOWWOWWOWWOWWOW Lizagnadish???!!! THAT'S what my recent curb-find old light might to could really look like . . . ??? https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/281541-curb-rescued-mcm-ceiling-...
  46. Oh, how I'm *SO* glad you didn't otherwise tell us these were old *dental* tools...??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOtMizMQ6oM <giggle>
  47. Curious about its 'top' (as you have it oriented) and whether its 'mounting holes' were meant to mount it to something else, or something else to it. Can't really see by your pics -- are those holes ...
  48. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  49. /me <LOL> @ Vynil's comment!!! :-) :-) :-)
  50. enthusiastic <CHEERS> & <applause>!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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