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Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by Sunny, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Sunny

    Sunny One Too Many

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    Disclaimer - None of the following items actually belong to me; they're my parents' (or my brothers'). But I thought I'd snap some pictures and share.


    Lindeman & Sons baby grand piano.

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    My father bought it for my mother from a newspaper ad, pretty soon after they were married (1979). They couldn't fit it into their apartment at the time, so it lived at her parents' house. It was painted black. My father stripped it and put a cherry finish on it, then they were able to move it into their larger apartment (which was still small). I slept under the piano in the cradle for six months after I was born, until they moved into a house with more than one bedroom. Mumsie says that's why I've always loved that piano. ;)

    My grandmother taught me and my three brothers to play on it, and it's still used regularly.
    When Bro. No. 1 was a toddler and teething, my mother caught him standing on the piano bench, leaning over the keys, and gnawing on the wood in front of the music stand. The little teeth marks are still there.
    Bro. No. 2, as a crawler, was quite athletic. At that time we kept the piano lid up. One day my mother came into the room and heard him whimpering, but she didn't see him immediately. He had crawled from the floor, to the bench, to the keys, somehow around the music stand, and halfway up the raised lid before getting stuck! Pretty determined little fellow.

    Piano tuners hate it because it's hard to tune. At least it does take a while to get out of tune!

    I've been told that Lindeman & Sons went out of business in the Depression, but I'm not getting a clear story when I try Google or Wikipedia. Either way, it's definitely vintage.

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  2. Decodence

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    Very nice. Beautiful piece.
     
  3. Sunny

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    "The White Sofa"

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    If I have my facts straight, it was bought by my great-grandparents, my mother's mother's parents, in Kansas City right about 1940.

    My grandmother's father gave it to her and my grandad when they were married in 1955, and had it recovered in their choice of Naugahyde. It's a light cream color, embossed with simple curliques. That's it in the picture. Pretty sturdy stuff!

    My grandparents gave it to my parents when they were married, or sometime in the years before I was born. It's been in the house as long as I can remember.

    The only condition issues, so to speak, are a few missing tacks and a broken arm. That's my mother's fault - when she was in junior high she sat on it and a piece of wood inside broke! So it "wiggles" a bit if one tries to move it. :D
     
  4. Sunny

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    Bookcase

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    I believe this is one of the barrister bookcases. My mother bought this herself, I believe from a garage sale, when she was in high school (she graduated in 1976), for either $20 or $50, I don't remember exactly.

    I know this piece very well, having dusted it weekly for many years. The worst wear is to the finish at the bottom. Our dog was tied up right opposite there at nights, and during thunderstorms she'd let us know she was scared by whining, then yipping, then vigorously scratching the nearest piece of wood. :eek:

    Inside the top are my mother's Madame Alexander Little Women dolls. Her parents gave them to her when she was little. Unfortunately the boxes are long gone, but the dolls are here!
     
  5. Decodence

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    Again, wonderful piece. I LOVE barrister cases.
     
  6. Sunny

    Sunny One Too Many

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    On a more whimsical note...

    ...I found a few more, uh, interesting items to share while I was snapping the above pictures.

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    Three Enfield 1853 rifled muskets and one Springfield 1861 rifled musket (second from the right), all reproduction, all very recently cleaned. It's always nice to see what new "exhibits" I'll come home to at night. :p


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    Now if you'll direct your attention to the other side of the back door, we have a display of plastic-pellet-firing airguns, handy for fighting off marauding squirrels and cats and the occasional opossum. I find the use of a nice basket rather amusing. That's my family - use what's handy! There are five guns in that basket; I reloaded them all myself just Saturday morning. Nothing like grabbing a gun and firing at the taunting squirrel, only to discover the gun's empty. One is a 1911 Colt and one is a Smith & Wesson; the other three are identical to each other, but I can't recall them. I have my own, a Walther (not PPK unfortunately), but it lives in my bedroom. The front yard's my bailiwick. ;)

    The box on the right has something to do with the garden train, but I'm not sure what it is!


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    While I'm at it, the end-table-of-sorts for the basket of firepower. Those two boxes were built by my father, and each assembles into a telegraph setup. The telegraph keys and sounders are all original, I believe old railroad equipment. I have a picture of my brothers demonstrating the telegraph, but it's not on this computer.
     
  7. MrNewportCustom

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    The family that shoots together . . . lol

    Sunny, I've been reading and viewing this post with delight. Quite a coollection of wonderful items you folks have. (Yes, I know I typoed "collection." But once I saw what I'd typed I decided it was nicely descriptive. :D)

    And where'd you get your quote? Seems I've heard that somewhere.


    Lee
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    "Marauding squirrels . . ." lol
     
  8. Sunny

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    Thank you! It's a funny thing to stop and actually look at something I've literally grown up with, and realize how nice it actually is. :)

    Ha! It just really struck me as funny, that basket of guns. Y'know, a lot of ladies might put a nice basket on the end table for decoration, just like that, filled with flowers or something else. Instead, we have, "Oh, that's a nice basket... with guns?!" Unexpectedly ferocious. But practical - right by the door, ammo handy, and the basket to keep them from migrating to the floor, kitchen counters, and other rooms. I think there's an extra magazine or two in the bottom as well.

    *giggle* You should've seen us the time that Mom and two boys and I "treed" a squirrel on the roof. Two of us in the front, one on the side, and one of the back, we could cover all angles of the roof and shoot at him whenever he peeked over the ridge. It was so funny! We finally let him go, afraid that he'd have a heart attack on the shingles!

    "Coolection," eh? lol I guess you're ooh-ing and ah-ing a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

    Which quote, the marauding squirrels? It's mine own, good sir. I've had experience in describing this situation. ;) Or did you mean my signature?
     
  9. Miss Brill

    Miss Brill One Too Many

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    Um, why?
     
  10. Miss Brill

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    Yea, sounds hysterical.
     
  11. Sunny

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    Squirrels steal pecans off the tree we planted. They also bury our pecans and other things in our flower beds/garden train garden, tearing up the surface and the plants. Cats use the flower beds as litter boxes and also tear up the plants. The opossum... well, I've only seen one. :) There must be more somewhere.
     
  12. MrNewportCustom

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    Better Homes and Ammo? :D

    OH! You meant for the guns! lol

    I meant your signature. But I do like "Marauding squirrels." :)


    Lee
     
  13. *swoon* A dame who shoots? And uses airsoft for target-practice/varmint-deterrent? [​IMG]

    And a very decorative addition to the room it is!
     
  14. MrNewportCustom

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    I saw her first, DB! ;) :rolleyes: :D

    lol Slightly off-topic, but speaking of unexpected, I always have the "Welcome" mat on my porch facing the wrong way. People ask me why. I laugh and tell them, "You're welcome to leave anytime you want." lol


    Lee
     
  15. I think you'd find I initiated contact well before this thread--close to the time you joined, actually--but that's the lovely young lady's matter to decide... lol

    Respectfully,
    Someone who has a permit Los Angelinos can only dream about...:D
     
  16. Sunny

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    My goodness, fellas! Y'all are sure making my day! lol

    Yowch! I'm sure you get a lot of return visitors. lol

    :eek:fftopic: My signature is a line from the Frank Race radio series, about a former OSS man turned investigator of sorts. I find it... rather dull, sadly, at least for the premise. But that line caught my ear and I liked it. You can find a couple dozen episodes for free here. (Hmm... there's some I haven't heard! I'll have to give them a try.)

    Better Homes and Ammo? hehehe...



    In an attempt to be on topic, here are pics of the telegraph equipment (and convertible boxes) in action. Each station has three components: key, sounder, and relay. Although it's, at a guess, 1930s-1960s equipment, since we were doing Civil War demonstrations the boys used army dot code and not Morse. It's easier to send and receive, since it's all dots and not both dots and dashes.

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    These pictures were taken nearly four years ago, at a pre-event demonstration for local schoolchildren.
     
  17. MrNewportCustom

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    Oops! I forgot to say, "In this thread." lol ;) :D


    Lee
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  18. Miss 1929

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    Mother always said....

    "A lady must know how to cook, sew, play the piano and shoot".
    I must be a lady, no matter what they say...

    Note - I teethed on the piano too! It still has the marks on the legs. Mom put Tabasco sauce on it to deter me but all it did was give me a taste for hot stuff. So I married a Mexican...
     
  19. DeaconKC

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    Can't find the link right now, but Smith and Wesson makes a shirt that reads
    "Yeah,I shoot like a girl!"
    "Smith & Wesson"
    Gonna get one for my niece!
     
  20. Sunny

    Sunny One Too Many

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    Then I'm a lady, too! And how funny - both the choice of chew-toy and the "hot stuff"! lol

    That is made of awesome. :D
     

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