Not content with only the Tinker Toy rods and axles? Just add panels!
Royal ‘Epoch’ manual typewriter, brand spanking new, as seen in the Signals catalog for more than any other dealer. Here’s Amazon's description…
The Royal EPOCH Manual Portable Typewriter, which replaces the Royal ME25, the Royal Scrittore and the Olivetti MS25 manual typewriters, is the perfect low cost solution for the home or office that is in need of an occasion typewriter for carbonless forms or envelopes. This is a brand new machine, not refurbished or used. This typewriter brings back memories for those who used a good old-fashioned typewriter, back in the day, and is great for creating labels, typing envelopes, and filling out carbonless or regular forms - tasks that can take too much time or effort with a computer and printer. This manual typewriter is fun to share with children who have never used, or even seen, a good old-fashioned typewriter, and makes a great nostalgic conversation piece, when it’s not in use! The portable typewriter ships with a clamshell carrying case, which is great for moving from location to location, or just for general storage of your new machine.
Signals wants $249, Amazon wants $164. However, Signals offers ribbons 4 for $19 where on eBay ribbons are $12 for 1, so they do deserve a bit of your business.
You’re absolutely certain that’s a flashlight?
Get onto my tree. Shiny-Brite ornaments, 1950s.
Wikipedia: The Shiny-Brite company produced the most popular Christmas tree ornaments in the United States throughout the 1940s and ’50s. In 1937, Max Eckardt established “Shiny-Brite” ornaments, working with the Corning Glass Company to mass produce glass Christmas ornaments. Eckardt had been importing hand-blown glass balls from Germany since around 1907, but had the foresight to anticipate a disruption in his supply from the upcoming war. Corning adapted their process for making light bulbs to making clear glass ornaments, which were then shipped to Eckardt’s factories to be decorated by hand. The fact that Shiny-Brite ornaments were an American-made product was stressed as a selling point during World War II.
What, me worry?
1964 Alfred E. Neuman (of MAD magazine fame) plastic bank.
And yeah, I didn’t know he had pink hair, either…. it’s usually brownish-red.
Before there was the ability to use a big-screen projector as a computer monitor to give groups a presentation, the above is how things were shared: the LCD overhead display from the late 1980s. This was essentially a see-through thin screen EGA monitor (16 colors) that is placed on a standard overhead projector. A computer is connected to this display unit and the image appears in the center pane, which the overhead treats like a slide projector with a transparency; you can see the 15-pin VGA jack for the computer in the side view. The left photo is the underside; the top photo shows the buttons for opacity, focus, and color balance.
Quadraphonic records had four separate channels rather than stereo’s two, though could play on regular stereo equipment because physically it had two tracks that were encoded into two channels each and decoded by the player. Three methods of quad were created in the early 1970s and competed with each other: QS by Sansui, SQ by Columbia and Sony, and CD-4 by JVC. The example above, seen in an antique shop, is type “SQ” from 1971 and was sold at Radio Shack (hint: it was recorded by Columbia Records but carries the Realistic brand name).
A lot of wishful thinking on somebody’s part since a few of them can be found in any Goodwill for $3, but others… okay, maybe.
Today’s antique store haul:
Three plastic eidelweis stars (1940s-1950s)
One orange M&M ornament (1990s)
An absurd number of colored tin icicles (2000s)
Two dollars for the whole shmere.
For perspective, the price of 24 new in can tin icicles is $17.
During Edwardian times colourized tinsel was a necessary trimming for a festive tree. The iridescent colour we use on one side of the tinplate gives a brilliant jewelled-like appearance and is augmented by the reflective qualities of the premium tin we use. Based on pieces we have in our collection, the pieces are a little wider than our Victorian Tinsel and have a hole punched in the top instead of a built-in hook, giving the pieces the ability to turn when hung.
The stars may seem silly in the present day, but the history is more upbeat than that. During the wartime rationing of glass and metal in the early 1940s and the “new and futuristic” factor of plastic products in the 1950s, items like this were seen as cutting edge and exciting.