1/28/10

Vintage Thingies Thursday!

Welcome back to VTT sponsored by my friend Suzanne (Coloradolady) who is having computer problems this week, poor thing.

Anyway, we went antiquing last weekend and I have posts to last several weeks just from what we picked up. So, taking it slow, here's my favorite purchase. This is the Battleship game I grew up with. Sydney's attitude was "big deal. it's not even electronic". When asked what was so great about the electronic version? "it makes sounds". Probably much like the sounds she was making when she was trouncing me at my own game on Saturday night. But, it turned out she could see my board in the mirror, so I'm still feeling pretty superior because I sank a few of her ships blind. Even the box is in good shape. It had a piece of masking tape that ran across the top and I managed to peel that off without taking any of the print. Notice how much the Mom and Dad on the box look like Dick and Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke show. At $4 and with all the pieces inside and the box in good shape, this was a real bargain.



Now, this next pic is my most embarassing purchase in a long time. I've needed a new fan to sit in the sewing room door and pull air from the rest of the house for a long time. We've looked at a lot of vintage fans and this one was by far the most expensive we'd seen. But, it looked in immaculate shape with just a little dust around the fan blades. Where most vintage fans have a blade cage that has big holes that a pet can stick a paw in, this one has a very tight wire cage and I saw that as a definite plus. Because it looked so good and the price was so high, we assumed it worked fine and didn't plug it in at the store. (that word you're thinking right now is spelled I-D-I-O-T) When we plugged it in, it made a horrible noise and wouldn't oscillate. It clicked and ground and buzzed and I almost cried because I'd paid $30 for it on 30% off sale. The store was a long drive from home, so on Sunday, when I was taking my sewing machines apart and cleaning and oiling them, I took this little jewel apart as well, found all the rattles and gave it a good oiling, tightened everything up and cleaned the oscillating mechanism and guess what? It runs like a charm now. I even got the last little bit of oily gunk off the fan blades and turned the S on the cage upright (S is for Superior Electric Products) So far, I've been able to find out that the fan is was made before 1969 because the company was sold in 1968 and changed names. I've been able to find a few of these on the internet for sale and looks like they're going for about $65 including shipping, so I feel better about the price I paid, especially now that I know the motor is sound. The model number is 1074. And, I love that turquoise color. Goes great with the vintage things I've been buying for my sewing room.



Take care and have a great day. If you haven't cruised over to Suzanne's to see her black bears, you should check them out and from there you can link to all the other vintage items that her followers are showing.

Lane

11 comments:

Vonlipi said...

I love that fan! Super cool! And I have to say I played many a battleship game with my friends in the 70's....:)

Tara Beaulieu said...

That fan is terrific!

CC said...

Love that fan, and I think you got a great buy..I well remember playing the Battleship game.
I usually had all my ships sunk, but I did win a few times. Happy VTT, have a most wonderful week.

Postcardy said...

That's a nice fan.

Miri said...

Very nice vintage fan! Great battleship game and you're totally right-definitely Dick and Laura look alikes!

Bea said...

We had that same Battleship game. Kids today do not know how to make their own sound effects.

GardenofDaisies said...

Cool fan!!
My son loves to play Battleship. We played while he was home from college on Christmas break.

Barb said...

Love the fan...the battleship game brings back alot of memories...

Coloradolady said...

I love your fan...and yes, I want to pull my hair out...sorry I am so late, I want to throw my computer in the street, still not right..UHHHHH.....Happy VTT!

Shirleymac said...

Great fan! It looks brand new. Battleship game? We never had a game, we played on graph paper. Sorry to laugh but that Sydney is one smart kid.

Patricia said...

I never played Battleship and in fact don't remember anything but the later ones---am I old or just out of touch! :-) Love your fan---I always have a hard time buying "antiques"--never know what is a good price and since I nor my DH are very handy--I'd been up the "creek" so to speak if I had bought something and it not worked. Good for you in your "handiness". Have a great day! xoxo