Archive for ‘Things’

November 25, 2012

As Found On The Desk Of Spiderman: Vintage Parker 51 Pen & Base

Peter Parker was the real name of Spider Man right? What kind of pen would he have on his desk but a Parker pen?

This is a Parker model 51 desk-pen with black and cream veined marble base.¬† It seems to be¬†in good condition¬†and the bladder for the ¬†vacumatic¬†filler system is still flexible. Unfortunately we’re fresh out of pen ink and after learning a painful lesson about how India Ink will foul up a pen I’m not about to improvise. If we get some I’ll revisit the issue.

The pen holder is attached to the base with a magnetic system which is pretty neat if surprising* the first time it comes off in your hand.

Interestingly Parker advertised this pen heavily during the Second Word War with notations that the supply was limited due to wartime restrictions. After the war this advertising campaign paid off, to the point that they had trouble keeping up with latent demand.  The Model 51 was originally designed in 1939 to celebrate the 51st year of the Parker Pen Company and the models with the vacumatic filling system were produced for only two years, from 1946 to 1948.

The base is about 2 3/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches and the pen stands about 8 1/2 inches tall in the holder.

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*My reaction: “[Expletive, expletive, expletive] I’ve broken another nice old thing . . .oh wait it’s supposed to be that way! Isn’t that clever.”

November 24, 2012

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Ok, so it’s not THAT cold yet. But the temperature is definitely falling.

Upon first inspection of the Famous Jon-e hand warmer, the first thing out of my mouth was “this can’t be¬†safe”. However, after doing some research, I found that maybe it’s not the worst idea ever. Folks, specifically hunters and fisherman, have been using¬†this style of warmer for over 50 years. While sitting in the trees and bush the Jon-e can be¬†ones best friend in not freezing your tuckus off.

Included is the original case, warming bag and easy to follow instructions. It appears to have never been used. Things to keep in mind — The warming bag is essential. Without it, you’re basically sticking a red hot coal in your pants and that doesn’t sound pleasant. After checking out the instructions, I leaned that the easy to use Jon-e can also be used to light cigarettes. Designed with a specific hole for just that. Imagine that! However, it also instructs you to keep your lit cigarettes as far away as possible from the Jon-e, as you WILL light yourself on fire and/or explode. Finally, you must use very specific lighter fluid. Ideally, Jon-e brand. Why? Because using off brands or other fluid not intended for the Jon-e smells bad when burning. Like really bad.

Obviously, this little guy can be used in a myriad of ways. Camping, hiking, being cheap and not wanting to turn on the heat in your home.

Stay warm my friends.

Available at the Tualatin Estate Store


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November 24, 2012

Hand Woven Wool Rug From Northern Nigeria

When this came in I guessed that it was from Africa. Although the odds of guessing the correct continent are pretty good¬† (one in seven, or one in six since¬†Antarctica¬†isn’t know for its textile industry) its still¬†nice to be sort of right about such things. I thought it was a north African piece but it turns out the donor is one of our volunteers and he was kind enough to tell me that it was actually from northern Nigeria.

Unfortunately he wasn’t able to tell us what cultural group made it but it is still an interesting piece. I’m sure someone who is familiar with textiles from the region would recognize it at a glance but I’ve got about 87 blog posts to knock out today so I don’t have the time to figure it out.

I do know it is wool (and scratchy too) and overall it measures 99 inches long by 58 inches wide. It is comprised of six individually woven pieces (averaging 9 1/2 inches wide) which have been sewn together to create the whole.

Before we got it this piece was used as a wall and not a floor covering so it is in excellent condition.

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November 21, 2012

A Unicorn Coffee Mug Makes The Contents Magical

Hopefully it will right? With a mug like this your day will be full of rainbows and mythological beasts.

Especially if you aren’t good with housekeeping and let funky Technicolor mold grow in the bottom before adding your liquid of choice.

As it is now this mug is clean and holds about 12 ounces.

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November 21, 2012

1920′s Swinging Toaster

Designed in 1927 by Alonzo Warner the Universal E947 two-slice toaster passed the Underwriters Laboratory inspection system shortly thereafter.  It was manufactured and distributed by the great metalworking firm of Landers, Frary & Clark located in scenic New Britain Connecticut.

It is a reversible or swing type toaster and it still works. Works might be a bit of an understatement as it really kicks out some serious heat and may instead be a good table top hand warmer.¬† It could probably be used still if you wanted to toast at the dinner table, but it’d bear careful watching and given the venerable age I wouldn’t leave it plugged in when unattended.

We have a cord for it (not pictured) which is not the original.

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November 20, 2012

Is It Me Or Does This Coffee Taste Like Bleach?

The one uniting factor of gas station coffee everywhere is its insidious taste. I had a recent experience with this phenomena in a little town northwest of here which is named after a big mountain up north.

But I drank it anyway. After all it was the only coffee I had and it reminded me of the untold gallons of coffee I had in little towns before I got all gentrified.

This promotional coffee cup could be considered fair warning to those who use it.

But at least it’d be clean, bleached clean.

It is the size of a normal, roughly 12 ounce mug.

November 20, 2012

Hudson’s Bay Double/Full Multistripe Point Blanket

This, for me, is the classic wool blanket: the Hudson’s Bay multistripe (or trapper) point blanket. It’s the blanket that evokes hunting camps, old picnics and cozy fall evenings by roaring fires.

This particular one is a four-point* or double/full size and it is in very good to excellent condition. It measure 71 1/2 inches by 88 inches.

*According to Harold Tichenor’s expert volume on point blankets The Collector’s Guide to Point Blankets of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Other Companies Trading in North America¬†the number of points have always been a size indicator and not a code for the exchange rate in Beaver pelts in trading posts. Although often stated as a fact the reality is that the rates of exchange varied on the location of the post and the current state of the trapping market.

Tichenor also suggests that the label style shown on this blanket dates from the 1940′s through about 1955. Given the great condition of this blanket I’m surprised it is that old.

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November 19, 2012

It’s Monday & Back To School

This unusual school desk was dropped off with a helpful note: “’50′s era student desk.¬† From New Zealand. Made from solid Kaori wood (only grows in N. Zealand).”

We can also tell by the directions for the care of the rabbit (Things for the Rubbit*)  written on the inside of lid that there was a rabbit in the vicinity and the drawings on the lid suggest someone may not have been all that interested in studious activities.

I’d guess that this is a piece that may not be one of a kind but you’ll probably never see another like it again.

24 inches wide, 33 deep and 30 inches tall. There is a hole for an inkwell, a pen groove and the writing surface lifts to expose a storage compartment.

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Things for the Rubbit

Please Put food in every morning, take out old food,

Its foods is silver-Beat you will find it in the garden

Stroke it is little.

November 18, 2012

Butterscotch Bakelite Potato Masher

If you have been listening¬†at all to NPR this past week, you will have noticed that many shows have changed their coverage a bit. Think Out Loud and Fresh Air have had guests talking not politics, but food! Specifically discussing how and what to prepare for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. After a year and a half of endless campaign coverage, I welcome this change of pace and focus on how best to fill my belly. I think we’ve all earned a day of gorging ourselves, watching football, parades or dog shows, whichever you prefer. Then blissfully slipping into a¬†tryptophan induced coma for 9-13 hours. (I personally¬†watch all of the Rocky films in sequence. I don’t know how and when this tradition started, but it makes me happy.)

For some, Thanksgiving is a time to get creative in the kitchen. Others prefer to carry on with recipes that have gone unchanged for generations. But regardless of your culinary prowess or willingness to embrace change, everyone knows there are two quintessential ingredients to a traditional Thanksgiving meal: A succulent, golden roasted turkey and mashed potatoes!

Mashed potatoes: The worlds greatest comfort food. Cheap, easy and versatile. A spud properly boiled, mashed and seasoned can warm even the chilliest of hearts. This is where the masher comes in:

For sale at the Tualatin¬†Estate Store is a beautiful vintage potato masher with a butterscotch¬†Bakelite handle. You want to make grandma’s signature taters? Than you’re going to need grandma’s signature tool.


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November 18, 2012

Art Deco UFO Waffle Iron Circa 1935

“I got the idea for my original waffle maker design when I was standin’ over yonder, just at the edge of the holler and this bright light came down from the sky. Shortly after that I got the idea for turduckens too.”
-Frederick David Chapman

The design patent for this waffle maker was issued in 1935 to  Frederick David Chapman. The patented design was assigned to Montgomery Ward and produced by Dominion Electric of Mansfield, Ohio as waffle iron style 5145.

It measures about 12 inches in diameter and stands about 4 1/4 inches tall. When we got it there was no cord but one was found and . . . it still heats up. Overall it is in fair condition as a couple pieces of the black Bakelite decorative piece on the sides have broken.

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With a piece of string or two this would be a great prop for your homemade bootleg of Plan 9 From Outer Space. No need for fancy CGI!


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