What else do you collect?

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by Panda Moanium, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Diamondback, sounds like an ambitious project. Are you going to do an early war (1939-41), a mid war (1942-43), and a late war (1944-45) panzer division? You're also gonna have to do an early war Soviet tank division as well -- I love them T-35s!

    T-35 Heavy Tank (1933), aka The "Land Battleship"
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  2. Still working out the details--I'd like to do a "composite" for each of PzIII, PzIV, Panther and Tiger/King Tiger, along with a "perfect" TO&E-correct version of a typical Panzer Division under Rommel in North Africa. (Ditto one of Early Shermans under Patton.)

    Don't think AAM has T-35s yet, but I've almost got enough of those stupid little T-70s for a full Company!

    I'm working from the TO&E's available at BayonetStrength.150m.com, which are woefully short on German stuff--have tried Niehorster.OrBat.com but every time I try to "read" his site decrypting all the various graphics makes my head hurt. Anyone found a text-translated version?
     
  3. Gilboa

    Gilboa One of the Regulars

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    Does this community have a particular place online that they call their home?
     
  4. LadyBaltimore

    LadyBaltimore Familiar Face

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    Resurrecting this thread from 2010, instead of creating a new one…

    I used to collect more specifically when I was a kid, you know, hone in on one thing or collection, but now I mostly just collect vintage goods in general. Some of my favorite things, like old phonographs and typewriters, are just too expensive for me to collect a bunch of. However, one thing I've begun to collect that feels a little reminiscent of collecting as a kid and are old typewriter ribbon tins. As before mentioned, I love typewriters, and to write in general, so this was a collection that made sense, won't break the bank, and nice examples of vintage advertising and graphics (because as much as I ogle large signs and examples of this, those are often way out of my budget). Here's the ones I have so far:

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  5. Wire9Vintage

    Wire9Vintage A-List Customer

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    Nice collection, LB. I love old ad graphics and old office supplies.
     
  6. I'm not much of a collector, my wife and her Barbies take up enough space in the house. I'm not serious about it or anything, but I do have some old baseball mitts that I've picked up over the years. I just like having baseball stuff around.
     
  7. LadyBaltimore

    LadyBaltimore Familiar Face

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    Thanks, Wire9Vintage! I'm hoping to eventually fill up that whole wall with tins (it's a narrow corner of wall, not much wider than what's seen in the photo). Fun to have something specific to collect. :)
     
  8. dh66

    dh66

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    Oooohhhh boy. Here we go.

    Those are sweet Lady B!

    I don't have world class collections of any one thing in particular, but I have acquired more than my share of
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    Cowboy boots...also fancy western shirts
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    Mexican Day of the Dead folk art


    Also loud vintage ties, Hawaiian shirts, bowling shirts, skulls of large horned animals, and Elvis stuff.
    My wife, like Mrs. Hawk, has a healthy selection of Barbie's as well, and plenty of cowboy boots too.
     
  9. Those cowboy boots are awesome.


    Do you have a whole "Barbie Room"? I'd guess Mrs. Hawk has about 400, though only 150 or so are on display. The worst part is that now I know WAY more about Barbie than I ever wanted. For example, I know that brunettes are worth more than blondes (in the doll market, anyway), and I once won a bar trivia contest by knowing Barbie's last name and her birthday. It's kinda sad, actually.
     
  10. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    Old paperback science fiction - when they cost 25-35 cents. I enjoy seeing how they reflect contemporary issues (then) and the then view of the future. I recently transferred several hundreds to my late-20'ish son-in-law. He's fascinated with how they've been woven into current movies.

    I held on to my collection of virtually every novel and short story written by Harry Harrison (passed in 2012). My all time favorite was the first book of the Deathworld trilogy - Deathworld (figures). My SiL is passing it around to his friends. As part of the purge, I sold off tubs of old SF pulp magazines. At least one family member doesn't understand the appeal... something about being a candidate for "Hoarders".
     
  11. dh66

    dh66

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    Thanks!

    And ...whoo, no! She only has about two dozen of them, maybe. Although most of them are currently housed (along with a bunch of my stuff, too) in a special room also known as " the garage". A lot of it landed there when we moved recently, and still hasn't gotten around to finding a permanent home.

    I also neglected to mention that I am also a collector (borderline "hoarder" level) of vinyl and CDs. My tastes pretty much run the spectrum but most of it is rockabilly, classic (pre 70s) country, and old (late 70s - 80s) punk rock bands. There's also plenty of blues, jazz, swing, exotica, lounge, and off the wall interesting weird stuff. I culled a lot of it several years ago, but hung onto what I "just couldn't live without". I still have well over 500 records, and close to that many CDs.
     
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  12. Where do I begin? :p

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  13. dh66

    dh66

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    That's a good start V.C.!
    Keep it coming.
     
  14. Young fogey

    Young fogey One of the Regulars

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    Besides fedoras (nine now in use, seven of them felt; all true vintage, circa 1959), I collect browline glasses (the Holy Grail I seek is pristine 44, 22-24 GF, 5¾-6 AO Sirmonts, silver-color metal and black briar, gray briar, or dark redwood with good-condition nosepads), thin ties, thin-tie clips, 1950s-60s suits (three; two in regular use), diecast cars ('40s-early '60s; eight on display), some vintage furniture (actually mostly '40s as I live in a 1910 house: the past has a past), vintage glassware, two vintage radios, and some Catholic items (crucifixes and rosaries).
     
  15. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    1890-1910 hallmarked English sterling napkin rings. The engraving is just beautiful!

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  16. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    I have to admit, every since I was a kid and saw my first napkin rings, I have been fascinated by them. Shame the trend has mostly died out. I really don't want to wipe my mouth on a Flamingo!
     
  17. The Reno Kid

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    Radio broadcast equipment from the 30s and 40s. I currently have everything I need to start a 250-watt AM broadcast station dating to about 1940-48, including the tech stuff like modulation monitor, frequency deviation monitor, etc.. I also have several hundred 16" transcriptions to go with my RCA 70-C2 turntables.


    Radio receivers from the 30s and 40s--both broadcast and ham. Also a few ham transmitters.

    Stamps.

    Telephones from (you guessed it) the 30s and 40s.
     
  18. I've been selling lapel pins for the last several years. I've only recently started collecting them myself. Here's some Indy 500 pins.

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  19. Fifty150

    Fifty150 One Too Many

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    Jackets. I never tried to collect them. I just ended up with a collection. Leather jackets for riding the motorcycle. It started out with 1, in high school. Then I was issued a motorcycle jacket at work. Suddenly, there was a gift....... Field jackets and flight jackets. Long coats in wool. Long coats in leather. Trench coats for rain. A long, insulated coat designed for people who work in cold storage freezers. Several were issued as uniform, and I kept them after the assigned job. Waterproof in modern GoreTex and whatever synthetic textile. I don't care what people may say about wearing high tech plastic; lightweight waterproof is just more practical. Pullover anoraks. Goose down. Wool. Reflective safety, high visibility. After several decades of not throwing anything away, I must have - I don't know how many.

    With no style points, the jacket that gets the most use, is probably my Lands End "Squall" jacket. The shell keeps me dry. There's a warm lining. It's light weight. And just boring enough to not stand out in the crowd. I can walk down the street, blend in, and nobody can give much of a clothing description in case I commit a crime. And it has the right type of zipper to zip into 3-in-1 waterproof parkas.

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    Boots. Work boots. Tactical boots. Hiking boots. Rain boots. Leather boots with wingtips because I suddenly felt that I would rather wear boots instead of dress shoes. Cowboy boots. Jump boots. Uniform boots. Cold weather with GoreTex waterproof and Thinsulate. Steel toe. Non-grounding electrical work boots. Some boots I liked so much, I bought a 2nd pair. Old boots that were broken in and comfortable, so I resoled them, while I was issued a new pair. Doc Martens that I've had since high school. Modern mil-spec boots which were issued for a specific task, and I kept after the assignment was completed. 4 pairs of motorcycle boots next to the motorcycle. I have boots everywhere I look. Again, after decades of life and not throwing anything away......there's a lot of boots.

    The 1 pair which is by the front door, which I can do almost everything in, are Corcoran Jump Boots. Sure footed. Sturdy. I can ride a Harley with them. Fine for walking about The City and taking buses, stepping on broken glass, and slippery bar room floors. Enough traction for sand, dirt, gravel. And when they're polished, few people will notice that it's a boot toe peaking beyond the trouser cuffs of a blue suit.

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  20. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I try not to collect anything for the sake of collecting having dealt (still dealing with the aftermath of) a hoarding problem. I do have a collection of printed Rocky Horror ephemera (Mostly theatre programmes); I also collect Rocky Horror CDs / vinyl; I have about ten versions of the Original London Cast, each with a different cover. I've deliberately avoided collecting any other Rocky bits because there's only so much space... I guess you could say I have collected a few bits and pieces of miniature wargaming stuff over the years - more planned there when I have the time, though I will also be clearing out much that I don't use - no space to keep it if it's not played with. My DVD collection is due to be thinned, but of course I'll keep the zombie titles...

    I sort of have a collection of Wing Sung 601 (fountain pen) variants, but those are all used regularly as pens, so I'm not sure if they count as a 'collection' or just stationary...
     

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