Let There Be Light…after Light After Light

I found a box filled with matchbooks,

hundreds of them.

So many they would be a fire hazard if they were stored with anything flammable, say like a lantern (see previous below)

Here’s one from Jim and Gretchen.


I guess it was from their wedding

or they were from the society to promote smoking it was 1965.

 If anyone knows them I wonder what lasted longer

the matches or their marriage ?

Here’s some from fine restaurants


The chef from Zoli’s looks like he could teach Emeril a few things because he has the official Chef Hat, 

the matchbook cover from The Cleopatra Restaurant says “no cover” good thing because that lady isn’t wearing any !


Here’s the politician promising to abolish the property tax


I guess he didn’t win

the yard signs around here are still asking for the same thing

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 5:36 pm  Comments (3)  

The Train is now leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa, Mom’s Garage and Cuc…amonga !

Watch out, somewhere up and down the eastern seaboard

there’s a train without lights !!

These Train lanterns are from the Dressel Lamp company, Arlington New Jersey.


they date I guess from the 1920’s, any help you can give me would be appreciated.

My Great Grand Father worked on the railroad (all the live long day) 

the way the story goes when he took a lunch break

his sardine sandwiches smelled so bad the train just left without him.

The lanterns are used, but not that much. 

I guess my Great Grand Father didn’t work that hard

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 5:49 pm  Comments (4)  

Back To The Garage, Back To The Grind !

Time To Come Clean

After a lot of searching I have found myself, back in the garage !

Today’s entry comes from the Voorhis-Tiebout Company of Red Hook New York.

I found these soap grinder and dispensers.


For their time the Soapmaster soap dispenser must have been pretty high tech


The Soapmaster holds a bar of specially designed soap that is spring loaded and then

the person with dirty hands turns the crank on the side. 

Here’s the grinder with the bar of soap.

On top of the grinder is the key that opens the unit


The grinder dispenses shaved soap to produce mountains of luxurious suds I’m sure strong enough to kill germs

and melt off your fingerprints at the same time

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 5:42 pm  Comments (8)  

How ‘Bout Some Slaw Pa ?

Watching late night television infomercials

you see all sorts of wonderful kitchen gadgets

and wonder how did we live without ’em ? 

here’s how !

with  1890s slaw cutters !!



The Slaw Cutter features 2 count ’em 2 blades to slice and dice

your way through a mountain of cabbage

You’ll have enough Cole Slaw to feed an Army ! 



That’s right, good “Old Fashioned” Cole Slaw just like your Grand Ma made literally !

but wait there’s more call now (if the phone has been invented)

and we’ll throw in the handy basket to hold your cabbage



Mountains and mountains of creamy fresh “Home Made” Cole Slaw made in your very own home !


(cabbage, bandages and tourniquet not included)

Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm  Comments (3)