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    Show Us Your Mechanical Clocks!

    Picked up a couple of interesting clocks lately. Note that these are the images from the seller, as i must pi k them up next week. First is a Self Winding Clock Co. No. 18: Then a Standard Electric master clock
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    Greatest Songs of All Time

    No, nor Hoagy Carmichel, nor Leslie Stuart, or Joe Howard, or Charles K Harris, Stephen Foster, or William Balfe.
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    Greatest Songs of All Time

    Well, Rolling Stone magazine (for the first time since 2004) issued an updated list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". One would, of course, expect an immense amount of presentism in any list drawn up by a group of people so heavily steeped in current popular culture, but there is not...
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    Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries?

    Absolutely. Nuclear energy can be an important source of energy, and would be were it not for the human propensity to cut corners for personal gain. Just as Communism would bring the millennium were it not for that pesky propensity for people to become free riders if they can.
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    Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries?

    “Homes with 120 volt have to be retrofitted” Yes, there are a very few homes left in the country with 120 volt electric service, but their numbers are negligible. At the turn of the last century the standard residential electric service in the United States was a 30 Amp 120 volt service drop...
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    Golden Era Anathema

    It was old hat even then!
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    The Heart of Cleveland shows modern electrified lifestyles coming soon in the 1930s

    Here’s a 1915 General Electric film treating the same general subject with less imaginative narrative:
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    The Heart of Cleveland shows modern electrified lifestyles coming soon in the 1930s

    I know both houses on the film, which still stand. The Greek Revival farm house has been in the middle of a street of strip shopping since the early 1950s. The Lake Shore Station featured in the film closed in 2012 after a century in service and was demolished in 2016. I own what I believe is...
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    The Era -- Day By Day

    That 1940 Frigidaire, with its hermetically sealed compressor, self lubricated, with integral motor and Freon-12 refrigerant is twenty times the machine as the Coldspot, which is belt driven, with an old-fashion reciprocating compressor, Methyl Formate refrigerant, and which requires monthly...
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    The Era -- Day By Day

    Are you NVA or a White Rat?
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    The Era -- Day By Day

    My dear mother had a twenty year career as an executive secretary before she and my father married (and then came the children, rather late in life). By the age of 25 she was the secretary to the Vice President of Electrical of the American Steel and Wire Company. She knew her way around an...
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    The Era -- Day By Day

    Did someone mention Dwight Fiske?
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    A battery powered jewel case Emerson for M’Lady’s dressing table:
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    An Arvin and an Airline
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    A little Tiffany Tone miniature cathedral of 1932 vintage:
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    A couple of post-war Motorola sets.
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    Kadette Model H. First Cigar Box radio, and first set with a Bakelite cabinet. 1931
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    Philco radio timer. Turns the set on and off at set times
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    My Vintage Radio Collection

    I was at a phonograph auction this weekend. Phonographs and gramophones were not too bad, prices generally were soft. Radios, however, were giveaway prices in many cases. I do t much care for post-1933 stuff, but at nearly free for restored working examples I had to make room. That Scott All...
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