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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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set of stamped aluminum "ducks" coasters - Brewerianain Breweriana
little ceramic (?) business card holder - Officein Office
set of six stainless napkin rings - Kitchenin Kitchen
MR. BARTENDER stainless cocktail shaker - Kitchenin Kitchen
set of ten stainless steel candleholders - Lampsin Lamps
two 'geometric' stainless steel vases - Kitchenin Kitchen
METROKANE stainless steel cocktail shaker - Kitchenin Kitchen
a handful of contemporary automotive logos - Advertisingin Advertising
my collection of random keys continues to grow - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
OSBORNE 120 tack puller - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware

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  1. With respect, there's probably nothing unusual about it -- simply a 57yr old quarter. Common coins circulate for a long time. It remains worth exactly 25c. Not to dissuade you from an interest ...
  2. THANKS dav2no1, for so frequently sharing interesting 'history' links with your showings!! <cheers><applause> Oddly enough I'm not certain I have an actual slide-drill like that (several YANKEE's, th...
  3. mcheconi -- I just realized what's "missing" from your photos -- aside from the lovely lady in the foreground, you need a disembodied HAND laying there on the table, too?!! <giggle>
  4. A VERY cool arrangement -- but gotta point out that I'm not sure I'd be able to *sleep* in a room with all of them watching...?? <LOL> Wishing you all the best in your future move -- "adventure" is...
  5. No apology necessary Gillian?!! Its certainly easy enough to 'see' what looks like dirt still on it, especially in cracks and crevices, but I kinda think the majority of what's now on it is actually ...
  6. THANKS MUCH to Vynil33rpm, Watchsearcher, dav2no1, fortapache, vcal, Newfld, Alfie21, vintagelamp, & Gillian for your <love it>s!! Ummm Gillian...I actually *did* clean it up -- y'all should have s...
  7. ...and of course, 'bar spoons' *are* indeed simply 'hors d'oeuvres utensils' in a slightly different context...?? <lol>
  8. National Register keys come in a multitude of shapes and sizes depending on what exact lock they are intended to operate, as well as what general type/age of machine. Sometimes multiple keys with dif...
  9. THANKS SO MUCH to Newfld, dav2no1, Cisum, Vynil33rpm, fortapache, Irishcollector., Alfie21, vetraio50, jscott0363, Watchsearcher, blunderbuss2, vcal, vintagelamp, kwqd, and RichmondLori for all y'all'...
  10. I'd "collect" it -- I love the big double-drawer machines! :-)
  11. If you haven't already, look under the cash drawer and there should be a paper label(s) affixed showing original owner/date/etc. That's pretty common knowledge, so you probably already know. Hope yo...
  12. If not for the fancy ceramic handles I'd guess bar spoons, but they're too fancy for that so I'd suggest hors d'oeuvres servers instead...?
  13. He'd certainly find himself a nice quiet spot to curl up on a shelf (or somewhere) if he was in *my* house??!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  14. With a bit of trepidation I've gotta doubt the 'jail cell' purpose for these...they don't look large enough and their 'cut' isn't complex enough for that, plus looks to be the same on all three...?? ...
  15. COOL!! Thanks for your showing with all the info, I know I've got one of these chauffeur badges someplace too...but *where*...?? <lolol>
  16. These are SO COOL -- FWIW, somehow I wasn't aware that glass was made around here -- so now I guess I have *another* sort of thing to keep my eye out for?? <lol>
  17. Gotta <love it> again -- for the cool flask and its handsome canine guardian, AND for the new pic -- it looks awesome with the little LED lights in it, what a great display idea!!! (that I'm liable to...
  18. Same question as Dave about the thumbscrew, and/or how and what makes that clamp (?) bar move??
  19. Personally, I prefer old signs with their original lighting when possible, but that's just me. All their parts are still available as a rule including those little ballasts, and 'close' is usually fi...
  20. Looks cool, but I can't see enough of it clearly enough to guess anything. Does it have any marks, and how long is it? (wooden handle??)
  21. Count me as one of those that didn't really know -- but now I do -- THANKS, Rattletrap!! :-) :-) :-) https://auto.howstuffworks.com/terraplane-cars.htm
  22. How about a planter instead? (at 10lbs, I guess it'd make a good doorstop too, though?) I'm also genuinely curious what about it makes you think 'antique'?
  23. SO Cute -- and he still works, too!! How could anybody *not* love him?!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  24. This is probably a huge zero of an observation/question, but does that 'S' in the logo resemble the STUDEBAKER logo to anybody else??
  25. The letter opener is COOL! :-) :-) :-)
  26. Agreeing that it's a variety of soft-face hammer. Having the brass face suggests its intent could be more 'non-sparking' than 'non-marring' in purpose...?
  27. Not disagreeing with fhrjr2 about the first one, just tossing out the possibility that it could be for leatherworking, too...?? (I've seen a something, somewhere, maybe. . . ??) The second one does...
  28. Nudie girl glassware is a staple of mid century home bar 'kitsch' -- like 'em or not (who cares?) that part is mostly undeniable. Everybody's 'fun Uncle' had a set! "Collectable"? Absolutely!! Hav...
  29. COOL!!! Is it marked? I have one similar (that I need to clean up and show) that says MADE IN GREECE on the bottom.
  30. While no doubt inauthentic on every level, I still wouldn't be able to resist just putting a typical plain milk-glass sphere globe on it -- or anything else handy that'd fit -- just to be able to see ...
  31. "EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY". I kinda like that, especially these days when doing so seems to have become an unavoidable part of life...?? ;-) :-)
  32. What a spectacular thing to sleep thru... (if it was me, that is) Thanks for sharing, Thomas! :-) :-) :-) <LOLOL>
  33. I remember being handed one of these as a kid when in the backseat of the family car...never realized that Mom & Dad might have had an ulterior motive...?? <LOL>
  34. Oddly enough Dave, that's the thing I *haven't* discovered yet -- no track at all, and just the little antique transformer that goes with the bigger locomotive I showed earlier. Of course, there'...
  35. THANK YOU for showing this!! What an easy and concise reference for amateur suck-o-lux collectors (like me!) to use in dating our own machines!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  36. The decoration on its back is certainly UNIQUE...there's gotta be a story there somewhere, I wish I knew any of it?!! :-)
  37. Guessing the extra 1c coinbox was for 'returnable bottle deposit'?? (which'd make sense if the machine was located at a motel, where the bottles might not ever get returned) I've never seen anything ...
  38. I see nothing but a 1971 penny...
  39. Its lovely -- and it looks great on the creepy-hand!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  40. <LOLOL>!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
  41. That Lincoln would just look SO PERFECT sitting in my driveway, just like it could have done when it (and my driveway and house) was "new"?!! :-) :-) :-)
  42. Glad to help, Collectables59! :-) :-) :-)
  43. My gracious THANKS to: Newfld, Alfie21, Vynil33rpm, Manikin, vetraio50, blunderbuss2, vcal, fortapache, elanski, and vintagelamp for the <love it>s!! I just added a new pic, after I found ANOTHER o...
  44. THANKS SO MUCH to keramikos for all the research -- also to Newfld, dav2no1, Cisum, fortapache, Watchsearcher, Alfie21, vetraio50, vcal, valentino97, elanski, ho2cultcha, aura, vintagelamp, & Vinyl33r...
  45. At a glance, I wondered if it'd be a 'tip box' for the bar at a VFW post or somesuch, presumably custom made by the TH...??
  46. I was gonna guess it was a cigar box that somebody had added the lining/etc to, but it looks like y'all got it covered already?!
  47. Could be St. Cecilia, patron saint of church musicians...??
  48. I do have more than one kind of 'film viewing thing' Watchsearcher -- of course I do?! -- but the microfilm machines I remember were quite large things, so I've never needed one enough to get one...? ...
  49. (and then put it in the windowsill -- it *is* a pretty rock, after all...?? <ROTFLMAO> along with Lucy
  50. How ironic you'd show this today. Just earlier my partner brought me a rock not unlike this one asking if I knew why it had been in the middle of the bedroom floor. I did not...blamed the dog, pro...
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