I find it intriguing. I wish I could roll up to someones house and go through their old stuff.
I got SORT OF close on Saturday morning.
Long story short, my dad knows a guy (know to us as G.N.D, Guy Next Door, because he was next to my dad's old office building) who buys/resells just about anything and he was having a tag sale. My dad and this guy go way back and they have always done business in a bartering like way. When we showed up (at a building he was emptying) we were allowed to 'pillage' for free.
Most of the stuff was 90's type junk, cassette players and the like, but buried deep beneath all of it I found something rather cool.
10 points for anyone who knows what this is.
It is a label/price tag printer--like a little mini typeset printing press-- from the 1950's. Vintage, baby!
When we found it, we had no real clue as to what it did. We could tell it was a printing device and that it was very heavy, but that was all. I mostly wanted it to put in my room and smile at. And it matches my cucumber green couch.
Got home, searched on the Internet and found out just what it was (thank you eBay!), unfortunately it is only worth (or at least according to eBay) about $17 (though mine is in better shape than the one on there, so I could probably get a whopping $20 for my 14 pound green monster.)Basically you stuck this itty bitty label in the top of it, set up the words/numbers with the teeny tiny typeset pieces and you cranked it around to print the label. My machine has been cranked 749 times (that gray piece has a counter on the top).