Sunday, September 21, 2014

Candlestick...


...Park it ain't, but it is a pretty cool candlestick phone...made by American Telephone And Telegraph, circa 1913.  Stay tuned for a video of Marilyn answering a surprise phone call...

Bought it from "atic00attack", an ebay seller who specializes in phone equipment...if you're into phone related items, check him out on ebay.

Got another nice surprise from Bob Adam of www.RonsonRepair.com today:

It's a "grab bag" of vintage cigarette / cigarillo tins, matches (note the bikini pinup girls, woo hoo!), and even some vintage, single edge razor blades from back in the day...I'm going to check with Bob first, but there are some vintage cigarillos included...I think if I humidify them they may be ok to enjoy...but I'll get the skinny from The Man before I indulge.  Thank you, Bob!

Apparently we are training mr. squirrel and his compadres to come right on in and he'p themselves:
I'll start to be concerned when I come home and find him in my chair with the remote, munching peanuts and flipping channnels.

So we trekked down to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners today.  Yes, Hickory Corners is a real place, and the GCM is an amazing museum.

In a way, it's also depressing, since it shows the fabulously beautiful cars produced in days gone by.  Why is that depressing?  Because it highlights how far we've fallen when it comes to creating classic cars...all we produce today are eggs...drab, egg shaped cars that get 30+ mpg and are devoid of style, imagination, and beauty.  BO-RING...

Here's a sampling of the Gilmore treasures...

As you enter the lobby to pay for entry, you see this sculpture of an early automobile racing - and passing - a horse, indicating the changing of the guard when the era of the auto replaced that of the horse.

Next up is the very first automobile.  Once you walk past this, prepare to be overwhelmed.  The number and sheer beauty of the dozens if not hundreds of cars spread over the 90 acres of this museum is truly staggering.  We snapped a few pics as we went, but in short order we gave up photo journaling and simply gazed in awe.

One of many Duesenberg's, glorious to behold...

A stunning, 1930's Mercedes...

A 1963 Corvette like my brother owned briefly, before he totaled it doing over 100 mph...amazingly he survived.


George and Sally's Blue MoonDiner...an authentic, 1940's diner on the premises...

...we stopped in and enjoyed a chicken salad sandwich, a coney dog, and coffee...
...the coffee was really quite good.

Stopped by the Shell Station...wish we could have filled up...gas was 19.5 cents per gallon.

The great man himself, lounging outside the Lincoln Motor Car display...beautiful, luxury vehicles from the 1930's through the 1970's.

Well worth the hour trip to see these amazing vehicles from a different - and yes, better - era.

Later, mcm fans...






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