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Post# 845037   10/9/2015 at 23:04 (564 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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 A recurring thread about all those wonderful advertisements of homes and products from a bygone era. Home design, landscaping, interior design, products such as flooring, furniture, kitchen cabinets, fixtures, cleaning/maintenance products, etc. Basically everything else that is not covered in the Vintage Appliance or Cruise-O-Matic series. 

 

If you wish to contribute, please be mindful that your post does not contain watermarks or names of other individuals or sites. I'll try to keep posts at 100 or so before I start a new part.

 

Enjoy!

 

Modern Living: Part One

 

 http://www.automaticwasher.org/cgi-bin/T...

 

 

 

Modern Living: Part Two 

 

http://www.automaticwasher.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-VIEWTHREAD.cgi?48612__0#start_48612.754004

 

Modern Living: Part Three

 

http://www.automaticwasher.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-VIEWTHREAD.cgi?53051

 

 





Post# 845038 , Reply# 1   10/9/2015 at 23:05 (564 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1965

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Post# 845046 , Reply# 2   10/10/2015 at 00:34 (564 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Pyrex 1973

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Post# 845047 , Reply# 3   10/10/2015 at 00:35 (564 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bisell 1962

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Post# 845049 , Reply# 4   10/10/2015 at 00:35 (564 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Duro-Test 1962

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Post# 845118 , Reply# 5   10/10/2015 at 15:59 (563 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1954

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Post# 845149 , Reply# 6   10/10/2015 at 18:54 (563 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I have that same green dial phone as the first that my mother got before leaving her job at the original Ma Bell and I ended up there and have several old phones. But it has a volume control and has modular click in cords. I keep it connected to my landline and I always can call out. Power goes out, you still got old fashioned landline service unless that tree took everything out.

Post# 845152 , Reply# 7   10/10/2015 at 19:35 (563 days old) by Iej (Ireland)        

My grandmother has that exact Pyrex set!!

Post# 845325 , Reply# 8   10/11/2015 at 14:51 (562 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Tupperware 1959

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Post# 845475 , Reply# 9   10/12/2015 at 17:10 (561 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        
Green Phone

I have a slightly newer version, probably just like wayupnorth's, of that green phone as well, that I scavenged from the common storage area of my building.

Post# 845641 , Reply# 10   10/13/2015 at 16:19 (560 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Hard to believe Touch-Tone phones have been available for 50 years now.

Post# 845729 , Reply# 11   10/13/2015 at 23:46 (560 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Well for us at least.

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I remember being in France and Germany in 1988 and never saw touch tone phones. They did have push button phones, but they were pulse dialing.


Post# 845758 , Reply# 12   10/14/2015 at 06:54 (559 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Daystrom 1950

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Post# 845773 , Reply# 13   10/14/2015 at 07:17 (559 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Pyrex 1959

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Post# 845928 , Reply# 14   10/15/2015 at 10:48 (558 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Some parts of the local "area" (or whatever a group of exchanges is called) where I grew up only got phone service after WWII. Since that equipment was the newest, it was the last to get updates to support touch-tone service. My parents had pulse dialling and only used the last 5 digits to make a within-exchange call in to the 1990's.

My dad's parents held onto their 'named' number until they retired and moved to the Cape. If you asked them their phone number they'd say, "BIgelow4-xxxx".

Useless trivia: The Western Electric phones shown in #5 had incredibly strong magnets in the earpiece. They provided the clearest, loudest induction coil (T-switch or T-coil) connection for people with hearing aids. Using the induction coil turns OFF the hearing aid's microphone so the ONLY thing the wearer hears is the other person's voice. This is important because generally the worse a person's hearing is, the less background noise you need to turn a clear voice into gibberish. That's why you sometimes see a "deaf" person use an interpreter and then later see him on his cell phone. It looks contradictory, but it's not:-)


Post# 845929 , Reply# 15   10/15/2015 at 10:50 (558 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Does anyone remember Pyrex commercials touting how Pyrex didn't absorb food tastes and smells the way Tupperware supposedly did? Or am I thinking of something else?

Jim


Post# 846099 , Reply# 16   10/16/2015 at 16:23 (557 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

What is that pink stuff in the pyrex coffee server?

Post# 846175 , Reply# 17   10/17/2015 at 08:44 (556 days old) by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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"I remember being in France and Germany in 1988 and never saw touch tone phones. They did have push button phones, but they were pulse dialing."

Interesting observation, perhaps they were behind. I got an Ericsson Diavox in 1981. You could use it on both pulse and touch tone dialing. Where I lived it was touch tone from the beginning. A lot of people never changed their phone though, they only did when the old one quit working. Perhaps that was the case in France and Germany too?


Post# 846199 , Reply# 18   10/17/2015 at 11:18 (556 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Pink Stuff

Since there are children in the picture, do you suppose it could have been a winter season ad and that is Nestle strawberry Quick as a variation on hot chocolate? Doesn't sound appealing to me either.

Those old Western Electric phones are great. I remember seeing some of them. A doctor friend had that answering machine at home. He would record his message and in the background you could hear the family dogs barking and his children talking. We stayed in some motels that had the desk phone with a red light where the light is on the lighted dial model. It would light up if the room had a message at the switchboard. I remember when we got the wall phone in the kitchen in the late 50s. It was black, but we thought it was very modern and you have to remember that all of that equipment was leased. There was one of those 4 pin plugs in my parents' bedroom so that when daddy was not home, his office phone could be brought up there for mom's security.

A friend had a strange answering machine around 1970 where the phone sat in an apparatus that had two hooks that went under the receiver. After a set number of rings, the bar that had the hooks mounted on it raised to lift the receiver. Through a speaker near the mouthpiece it gave the outgoing message and through a microphone at the earpiece, it took the incoming message. Again this was when phone equipment was leased and this answering machine was in no way connected to the Bell System. The phone company would test the amount of current used to generate the ring tone to determine the number of phoned in a house. A friend who said that he was as queer for phones as I was for washers had them all over his house, even in the bathroom. He disconnected all but two phones' ringers and had a chime set for the house. He gave me one which I still use.


Thanks for the ads, Mr. L.


Post# 846569 , Reply# 19   10/19/2015 at 09:59 (554 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

That answering machine sounds like those early modems! I still have the phones that my parents bought when their lease ended (my parents new place had the internal phone wiring ripped out for some reason so they have wireless phones). A friend of mine's parents decided to buy their own phones rather than buy the one's they had leased. Big mistake as they kept breaking (and had they bought them they would have gotten a Princess Phone!) and ended up costing more than buying them would have. When I moved into my place now, there was a phone there, which I assume was from '67 when the previous owners moved in that was hard wired into the jack (still would be but the contact have come loose and need to be repaired).

Oh, I hadn't thought of a Nestle product. It looks like Pepto-Bismol!


Post# 847186 , Reply# 20   10/23/2015 at 10:50 (550 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Pabco 1942

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Post# 847196 , Reply# 21   10/23/2015 at 12:58 (550 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

And that is a pepto pink kitchen alright!

Post# 855488 , Reply# 22   12/7/2015 at 02:12 (506 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Sellers 1927

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Post# 855489 , Reply# 23   12/7/2015 at 02:14 (506 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Dazey 1952

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Post# 857954 , Reply# 24   12/23/2015 at 00:46 (490 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wear-Ever 1920

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Post# 857955 , Reply# 25   12/23/2015 at 00:47 (490 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell Telephone 1965

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Post# 858546 , Reply# 26   12/27/2015 at 01:41 (486 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Louie, where ever do you find all these neat pics?


Post# 858631 , Reply# 27   12/27/2015 at 15:39 (485 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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No set place. All over the net, some from magazines I have. Just takes time to find, resize, clean-up and catalog.


Post# 858651 , Reply# 28   12/27/2015 at 18:26 (485 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Westinghouse 1960

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Post# 858653 , Reply# 29   12/27/2015 at 18:33 (485 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Thermos 1967

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Post# 858654 , Reply# 30   12/27/2015 at 18:37 (485 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Cold Power 1968

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Post# 858663 , Reply# 31   12/27/2015 at 18:58 (485 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Cold Power # 30

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Diapers and Greasy Work Clothes in Cold Water.

 

Ewwwwwwwhttp://www.

 

None the less, as always, Thanks Louis for all the work it takes to post these.

 

The ads from the 50s through the 70s have a lot of "memory Lane" for me.


Post# 858664 , Reply# 32   12/27/2015 at 19:03 (485 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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You're welcome Eddie, my pleasure!


Post# 864076 , Reply# 33   1/25/2016 at 23:02 (456 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Good Year 1929

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Post# 864077 , Reply# 34   1/25/2016 at 23:03 (456 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Fels-Naptha 1949

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Post# 864078 , Reply# 35   1/25/2016 at 23:05 (456 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1955

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Post# 921585 , Reply# 36   2/15/2017 at 18:01 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Ashcraft 1949

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Post# 921587 , Reply# 37   2/15/2017 at 18:05 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Tuck-Ease 1950

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Yup, my mom had clear vinyl over virtually everything in the 60's. 


Post# 921588 , Reply# 38   2/15/2017 at 18:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Reynolds 1950

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Post# 921590 , Reply# 39   2/15/2017 at 18:09 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Drexel 1969

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Post# 921591 , Reply# 40   2/15/2017 at 18:13 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Oh Louis... You are busy !!!

Thanks !!!


Post# 921592 , Reply# 41   2/15/2017 at 18:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Cut-Rite 1947

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Post# 921593 , Reply# 42   2/15/2017 at 18:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Mengel 1954

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Post# 921594 , Reply# 43   2/15/2017 at 18:18 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Daytrom 1949

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Post# 921619 , Reply# 44   2/15/2017 at 19:37 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The Heywood-Wakefield "Ashcraft" furniture is what my Aunt Doris had in her den (what they call a family room down south). I don't know what became of it when she went to assisted living.

Post# 921634 , Reply# 45   2/15/2017 at 20:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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You're welcomed Eddie. These threads have been quiet for too long.


Post# 921635 , Reply# 46   2/15/2017 at 20:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Those Ashcraft furniture are probably worth some real money today Tom.


Post# 921642 , Reply# 47   2/15/2017 at 20:46 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wheeling 1929

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Post# 921643 , Reply# 48   2/15/2017 at 20:47 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Woolworth's 1951

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Post# 921722 , Reply# 49   2/16/2017 at 06:56 by alr2903 (TN)        
Swell...

"Gay fruit colors on white or clear plastic".  I would seriously like to have the small appliance dust covers.  Thanks for some vintage fun Ultra!


Post# 921740 , Reply# 50   2/16/2017 at 08:35 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
"One does like a hint

of color".
My grandma gave me her old kitchen curtains when I moved in my first place. White with embroidered strawberries on them.
She said if you don't like them, donate them or throw them away, and be who you are. Don't let anyone tell you you're not as good as them. Mothers always know.


Post# 921768 , Reply# 51   2/16/2017 at 11:32 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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My pleasure Alr!


Post# 921816 , Reply# 52   2/16/2017 at 18:07 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Hey Louie, thanks again for all the fun ads!

I'm hoping my cousin Melanie has the Ashcraft set. My aunt always had nice furniture, including a Conant-Ball Early American dining room. I know that went to storage when the house was sold.


Post# 921883 , Reply# 53   2/17/2017 at 00:46 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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My pleasure Tom!


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Republic 1952

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Post# 921886 , Reply# 55   2/17/2017 at 00:52 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Ekco 1947

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Post# 921888 , Reply# 56   2/17/2017 at 00:55 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Westinghouse 1957

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Post# 921914 , Reply# 57   2/17/2017 at 02:17 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Republic 1954

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Post# 921979 , Reply# 59   2/17/2017 at 11:34 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Nothing screams in-yer-face Mid-Century Modern . . .

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. . . quite like an Eich.

 

Eichler Home, that is.


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Post# 922062 , Reply# 60   2/17/2017 at 21:35 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Magnalite 1956

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Post# 922064 , Reply# 61   2/17/2017 at 21:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Regal 1978

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Post# 922070 , Reply# 62   2/17/2017 at 21:50 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Fels-Naptha 1946

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Post# 922072 , Reply# 63   2/17/2017 at 21:57 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
O-Cedar 1950

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Post# 922073 , Reply# 64   2/17/2017 at 22:00 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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Post# 922199 , Reply# 65   2/18/2017 at 16:18 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My sister got the Regal Ware set when she and her first husband married in June '79. I think she still has a piece or two left - cookware doesn't have an easy life at her house!

Post# 922209 , Reply# 66   2/18/2017 at 17:21 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
The Legacy Lives On

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With the full blessing of the estate of Joseph Eichler.  If money was no object . . . : : s i g h : :



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Post# 922225 , Reply# 67   2/18/2017 at 18:04 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kohler 1917

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AT&T 1910

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Alabastine 1908

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Post# 922233 , Reply# 70   2/18/2017 at 18:34 by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

I wonder what the heating bill is in an unmodified Eichler house. Horrifying, I'd imagine.

Fels-Naptha- Grandma swore by it and G'pa said it was the least damaging to the environment because it didn't have phosphates..

Ex's grandmother had those clear plastic slip covers on her living room furniture. She was the ONLY person who liked them...

Cut-Rite Waxed Paper: My mother was in love with it, even though NOTHING ever stayed wrapped...EVER!

Thanks!


Post# 922287 , Reply# 71   2/18/2017 at 21:46 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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You're welcomed Jim!


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Jubilee 1953

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Post# 922289 , Reply# 73   2/18/2017 at 21:48 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Kentile 1952

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Post# 922291 , Reply# 74   2/18/2017 at 21:50 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wear-Ever 1953

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Post# 922292 , Reply# 75   2/18/2017 at 21:54 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Pyrex 1958

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Post# 922293 , Reply# 76   2/18/2017 at 21:56 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Reynolds 1970

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Post# 922301 , Reply# 77   2/18/2017 at 22:34 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
We have liftoff . . .

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Post# 922347 , Reply# 79   2/19/2017 at 09:11 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Ain't nothin' like the reel thing, baby . . .

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Post# 922350 , Reply# 80   2/19/2017 at 09:44 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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The familial resemblance between the Heathkit and Whirlpool "electronic oven" from the same epoch is not a coincidence.  Both companies occupied sprawling manufacturing facilities in Benton Harbor, Michigan at the time.  Once built, you had to ship the completed oven back to Heathkit for FCC compliance testing.

 

No one ever saved money building a Heathkit but the experience is priceless.


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Post# 922366 , Reply# 81   2/19/2017 at 11:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Flexalum 1961

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Post# 922368 , Reply# 82   2/19/2017 at 11:09 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Ashcraft 1954

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Post# 922369 , Reply# 83   2/19/2017 at 11:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wear-Ever 1959

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Post# 922447 , Reply# 84   2/19/2017 at 19:35 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Never mind that it needed the bandwidth of 50 voice calls.

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Post# 922508 , Reply# 85   2/20/2017 at 06:39 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

You can do that today with Facetime on IPhones!For the "Picturephone".Knew a few people that tried assembling the Heathkit color TV's-they had problems with them and Heahkit had to help them.

Post# 922562 , Reply# 86   2/20/2017 at 11:24 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

When I was 15 -16 I did build a 25" Heathkit TV, I did have a few issues, but it was more my inexperience than anything.  Used that TV for many many years, I even built a cabinet for it myself.  I remember making trips to the Heathkit outlets in Detroit to pick up parts over the years.  I still have the TV in the attic in the garage, often thought about making a collage or something with the various circuit boards to hang in my workshop.  Good memory, thanks.


Post# 922703 , Reply# 87   2/20/2017 at 19:16 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
But every now and then, . . .

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. . . you just want to get away from it all.


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Post# 922704 , Reply# 88   2/20/2017 at 19:19 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Nationwide...worldwide...depend on TWA

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Republic 1956

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Post# 922716 , Reply# 90   2/20/2017 at 20:20 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Mirro 1960

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Post# 922725 , Reply# 92   2/20/2017 at 20:49 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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My dad built a Heathkit hi-fi along with some LaFayette bits and bobs back in the late 50's.. We used it for years.  


Post# 922790 , Reply# 93   2/21/2017 at 02:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Gerity 1941

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Club 1949

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Post# 925029 , Reply# 95   3/5/2017 at 06:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Dazey 1951

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Ekco Flint 1954

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Post# 925031 , Reply# 97   3/5/2017 at 06:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Pyrex 1959

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Post# 925032 , Reply# 98   3/5/2017 at 06:16 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Wizard 1956

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Post# 925033 , Reply# 99   3/5/2017 at 06:18 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Thomas 1953

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Kentile 1956

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Post# 925037 , Reply# 102   3/5/2017 at 06:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Flexalum 1954

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Post# 925040 , Reply# 103   3/5/2017 at 06:40 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Modern Living: Part Five

 

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Post# 925055 , Reply# 104   3/5/2017 at 07:55 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
The evolution of aluminium and plastic

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Over the twentieth century fascinates me. They both began as 'wonder' materials, hygenic and durable. By the end of the 1970's, we thought of them as cheap and ugly throwaway junk for poor people who didn't have the good sense to shop at Goodwill for the 'real' things.

By the end of the 1990's, it wasn't unusual to bring a plastic kitchen or bath utensil made by Alessi or F. Porsche to a bridal shower or as a house-warming gift - and for it to be received with pleasure.

Ditto the really even-cooking aluminium pans with the induction bases and ceramic no-stic surfaces which are ubiquitous in Europe.

 

Tupperware - never did like it. Seemed I was always having to bleach or oil wipe some stupid carrot or tomato stain out of it. Always, always felt greasy, even after being washed in TSP and boiling hot water (which I tried to clean it). Smelled funny, too, right from the start.

 

Pyrex ware, though - still collecting and using it. Not as practical as pyroceram, but easy to clean and far more durable than that stinky, tomato-stained plastic.


Post# 925354 , Reply# 105   3/6/2017 at 18:47 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My former neighbor Thelma had a lot of Ekco Flint cookware; I think one of her daughters has it now. Our church has both 6qt. & 8qt. pots, but unfortunately both have warped bottoms due to overheating.

The Lifetime Stainless cookware is made by Regal Ware. I saw it at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show yesterday. Expensive, but looks well made.





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