Friday, August 20, 2010

The Big Lie Exposed in 1902

Killed By Hard Work
In the future should you encounter a fool, show them this story. You are welcome.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Through By Daylight

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Through By Daylight
This is a cover and illustration from William Taylor Adams (Oliver Optic) story "Through By Daylight." It is part of the Lake Shore Series of stories by Adams, who went by a number of pen names in his career. This one was published by Lee & Shepard of Boston, MA, in 1869. This story is subtitled "The Young Engineer of the Lake Shore Express," and it is a truly spirited tale. 

Remembering Atari

Atari Instruction Booklets
I loved Atari. I wish I still had one, because I definitely have the instructions.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Button, United States Military Academy, West Point, H.V. Allien & Co.

This is a button from a cadet uniform from West Point. This button was made by H.V. Allien & Co. H.V. Allien & Co. were in America from 1877 until 1948.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Smallest Bible in the World

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The Smallest Bible in the World
NCR made this in the mid-1960's to demonstrate their Microform reduction process. This bible stirred some trouble during the 1970's, as it was rumored to have been smuggled into the then Soviet Union, in defiance of the communist authorities. A number of these bibles also went to the moon.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Record Locator

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The Record Locator

The Record Locator was a featured portion of the "Disc Jockey" system that was marketed by the Conrad Corporation in 1957. The "Disc Jockey" held ninety 45 rpm records, and one of the main selling points was the ability to clean your records by packing them into the "Disc Jockey" and then dunking them in "luke-warm water in which a mild detergent has been added."

I am sure many nice 45 rpm records met their death in this manner in 1957. I have it on good authority that the real "Record Locator" is a Canadian guy named Don, who lives in an underground bunker with every vinyl record, cd, cassette, LP, Edison Cylinder, mini disc, mp3, and any other sound recording ever made, in the world. Really!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Railroad Trademarks, 1950

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American Railroad Trademarks 1950

These are some railroad trademarks from a 1950 textbook entitled "Railroads at Work." The text and other items were created by the "Association of American Railroads" for kids to study in school.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Afro Ken and Hamtaro

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Afro Ken

Afro Ken was designed to be the next "Hello Kitty" but he just never took off here in the USA. Hamtaro had a show on Cartoon Network for a short time but has now gone by the wayside. For every Pokemon, there are tons of Afro Kens and Hamtaro's that never went anywhere.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Old Coins

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Some old US coins
I don't collect old coins, but they always seem to come to me. Most of these were found with a metal detector, or in change. They are all US coins.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Amita Cufflinks

Amita Cufflinks
These are Amita cufflinks. They are created in the damascene style, which involves etching non-precious metals with gold. I believe these are meant to represent pagodas.