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Looky!!! Vintage Kitsch [Nov. 15th, 2005|06:31 pm]
Raven
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I have something SOOO special (to ME anyway!) to show you!!!!

take a peek....  warning, it's picture heavy... 

It's pretty easy to see where I developed my love for assemblage, automatons and all things of the "gizmo" genre.   Dad really loved this sort of thing and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  This is a VERY special bit of "primitive" folk art, created by my father for my little brother and I many years ago.  I marvel at it now when I realize how long ago it was and how such toys were still in just the imagination of the mass market.  The amount of work and imagination that went into it amazes me more now than it ever did when I was a delighted child.   Computers were still in their infancy and so uncommon, that if you take a closer look, you'll see he didn't even know how to spell the word! (and him being such a stickler on our spelling practices too!)  LOL!!!  That just adds to the quaintness.  I also remember him thinking the plastic "label maker" was one of the greatest innovations of our time.... LOL!!! and you can see he sure liked using it!

I'm trying to figure out the year round about when he built it...  I was maybe nine or ten years old... perhaps a bit younger.  I'm inclined to think it was Christmas of 1966.  I'm thinking that Star Trek might have been on TV which is where he would have gotten the inspiration... or was it from "Lost in Space"?   I know we still lived in our old house and I was around ten when we moved so it had to be maybe a year earlier.  That would make "Lost in Space" or an episode of "Twighligt Zone" as a more probable inspiration. 

Thinking of how close I was to losing this piece forever puts a big knot in my gut.  It had been long buried in a bunch of "junk" in a storage area and when my mom had to clean everything out she figured that since there were no longer any kids in the family to be amused by it, she put it in the pile of stuff to be discarded.  It was only by chance that I discovered and "rescued" it only moments before it would have ended up in the Salvation Army bin.  I grabbed it with a leaping heart and brought it home... where I again stashed it out of the way until today.  This morning I decided to clean it up and get a look at it's innards.  You can't even begin to imagine my amazement when after removing the back panel and checking for dangerous gnawed wires, I plugged it in, turned it on and it still worked!!!!  All the lightbulbs even still work!!!  I really think dad was looking down and had a hand in THAT!!!   Lights shine, there are motors inside that make things spin and twirl adding to the lighting effects and the scanner screen has a rotating drum inside that projects "planets" moving across the screen on the front.  Ohhhhh what a wonder it still is, in all it's naivety!!!    :-) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish he was still here to show me how to wire several motors in a series into things...  I would really like to add animation to some projects or just do somethng gizmo-ish like this.  I guess I'll have to learn on my own, but I'm sure he'll help in his own way as well as he can from the "other side"!   

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[User Picture]From: wendy_hill
2005-11-16 12:03 am (UTC)
OMG!! Raven!! What a treasure! What a wonderful Daddy!

Got any immediate intergalactic travel plans? Can I go too?
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 05:12 pm (UTC)

will you post on ebay?

will you post on ebay?
$45
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[User Picture]From: dianawolf
2005-11-16 12:05 am (UTC)
this is soooo cool!
what a good dad. Love it.

lucky yu to have something like this as a connection.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
xox
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[User Picture]From: felt_fobix
2005-11-16 12:42 am (UTC)
funny where affirmations come from isnt it? Too amazing, what a creative mind! Beam me up Scotty!
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[User Picture]From: machinarex
2005-11-16 01:12 am (UTC)

are ya orbiting pluto yet?!

that is SOOOOOOO cool!!! what a great present that must have been, then and now both!
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[User Picture]From: djaza
2005-11-16 01:58 am (UTC)
That is really amazing. And to think it still works. Your dad (and you by inheritance) had a very inventive and creative mind. Wow!
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[User Picture]From: feychilde
2005-11-16 05:43 pm (UTC)
Okay...it was super cool...then I see that it actually lights up and the cool factor went out of the roof!!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 12:46 am (UTC)

Reminds me of my childhood

I asked my mom if I could make something like this...she didn't know what I was talking about. My dad had died and I had no idea how to begin making this kind of thing: a spaceship panel with buttons that light up, etc... I eventually made one out of cardboard.

Cool dad.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 12:50 am (UTC)

Whatever you do...

...please don't submit to the temptation and sell this on eBay. My Dad fixed appliances for a living and sometimes gave me parts to play with; I would be thrilled if I had something like this to remember him by. As you say, the naive nature of it is a big part of what makes it so special. It came directly from his imagination and that, no matter how sentimental it may sound--no money could replace.
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[User Picture]From: alien_anomaly
2005-11-17 03:31 am (UTC)

Re: Whatever you do...

never ever!!! I'm a sentimental old fool :-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 12:52 am (UTC)

wow

yeah, great dad. extremely cool...
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 01:15 am (UTC)

Priceless!

That is, without a doubt, the most wonderful toy a father could give, and a son could receive, that I have ever seen. That made my day!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 01:28 am (UTC)

Thrusters to full, force field to max, activate the computor!

Can I come to your house and play? This is the coolest thing I have seen in quite a long time. Your dad got you over to mom's to make sure this gem didn't end up at the Sally Army. Right on! Prepare for Liftoff!
Thaddeus
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 02:08 am (UTC)

very very cool

and is it just my imagination or did your dad have a premonition about the apple ipod nav wheel? i can easily see it in the force field control..

to infinity and beyond!!!

;-)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 02:16 am (UTC)

ooooo yeah

that wood grain is SEXXXXXXXXXXY. it's the ideal control console for a shag van in space. Ohhhhhhhhhh, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 04:06 am (UTC)

coolest dad... ever!

computor actually sounds cooler
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 04:38 am (UTC)
WOW! That is by far the greatest gift I have ever seen given to a child.

On a rainy day three years ago my daughter and I built a small battery powered car from a broken CD player, a shoe box and lots of tape. We had a blast building and operating it. She still mentions it fondly from time to time.
My wife had convinced me to throw it away just this week. But not now! It is sitting atop my garbage bins right now for collection this Friday! I am going rescue it and stash it away for my daughter to find years from now.
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[User Picture]From: alien_anomaly
2005-11-17 05:00 am (UTC)
Awwww, I am SO GLAD we got to you in time!!!! She will treasure that car beyond words someday in the future!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 05:10 am (UTC)

Gizmo

What a fabulous piece of work this is! So glad you were able to rescue it!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 06:12 am (UTC)

Re: Gizmo

This brings tears to my eyes! I hope you have kids of your own and give them the same joy that your parents gave you.
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