Been busy lately, really haven't had much time until this week to post on the forum. Have found some interesting items that for now will just put to the side. A old "brick" car phone, the phone has a "Autotel" label with model number mi-569096. Did very little research on these, did find that some came installed in late 80's Corvettes.
Found a Baby Brownie Special, a camera made by Kodak in the 1930's. Appears to be in excellent shape.
Another item I found recenty is a Deagan chime from the 20's or 30's. These were musical instruments, like a miniture Xylophone. In great shape only needs new strings.
All found while processing trash from one of our commercial accounts. One man's trash is another man's treasures from the trash.
Last edited by bigburtchino; 10-20-2016 at 08:47 PM.
Found these cell phones in the bottom of a box of phone covers ... looks like they were never used !
(insert crazy high fives gif here)
Cool finds. I have an old Brownie camera. They made a bunch of them back then. While dumping scrap last week I found a really old steel milk can with the lid. Great patina. The writing on the can showed it was made in 1939. Really heavy empty. I could only imagine how heavy it was full of milk or creme. Paid the guy two bucks for it.
It's always a gift from the dumpster gods when you find a old anything in great shape. They just don't make anything like the old stuff!
I decided last night after doing a little research that the old "brick" car phone was going to get the full scrapper tear down. In about 10 minutes (or less) it was reduced to three high value circuit boards, I removed the metal brass atached, a transformer and 14 "gum drop" tantalum capacitors. I couldn't resist putting the three circuit boards from the car phone next to some cell phone circuit boards. Simply amazing to see just how far technology in regards to mobile phones has advanced in the last 35 years. Layed on a table in front of me I had a car phone made in 1982, when phones for most of us was a land line on a wall or a desk (with wires attached making sure it stayed there). Next to the car phone circuit boards was mixtures of early flip phones all the way up to last years smart phones. Just makes you think, where we been and where are we going?
Today found a Friden model EC-130 calculator. The first solid state electronic calculator. Weighs 42 pounds and has a CRT display. Sold for more than $2,000 when it came out in 1963. As a desktop, it takes up most of the space on the desktop!
Last edited by bigburtchino; 12-21-2016 at 12:35 PM.
Just really working too many hours. Need to make time for SMF as I really miss the forum.
i found an old solid state portable vinyl record player in a scrap yard the other day, has 45 and 33 speed selectors on it.
Trunks of scrap cars often are like Christmas time to me. Found many tools, funnels, screw drivers and jumper cables to name a few.
Alvord iron and salvage
3rd generation scrapper and dam proud of it
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