Friday, November 5, 2010


Today it's a really cool item that belonged to my grandfather ...
It's a Zippo Tape Measure he got for his work at Westinghouse Atomic Division back in the 50's.
Chromed top about the same size as a zippo, with a metal tape measure inside.
These don't have the markings that a normal Zippo Lighter would have so I can't date it for sure.
It's tough to find real metal, well built things any more...  They really don't make them like this anymore.
I love stuff like this.  Small, but built really well and has great personal and historical significance.   It even has his name printed on the back.   If you're lucky enough to acquire some cool little items from your families past, you should.  Otherwise they'll just vanish and you'll lose that piece of your own history.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Today it's a set of replacement cuffs I picked up.
I have an old horsehide jacket that needed new cuffs, but I might save these for my A2 when it needs them.
It's cool it still has it's tag stapled on.  If you notice the "WPL No." at the bottom... That stands for the Wool Products Labeling Act.  and was issued from 1941 - 1959.  I'd guess this pair is from the early 50's.
They're not the "correct" two ply cuffs for an A2, but they are vintage and they are nice looking and not polyester!
If you're rummaging through bins and do find a pair of replacement cuffs, zippers and the like, and you think they might work on a piece you have... pick them up!  It's all vintage gear for guys!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Today it is Fiestaware....
this is more my wife's stuff than mine, but I eat off it so it's kind of mine in a way.
She wanted to display it a bit, even though we use it, so I made this glass cabinet door for her so she can see what she has...
She wanted a mix of colors but with a majority to the turquoise....
Plates, bowls and cups...   Plus a few older examples in there but mostly newer Fiesta.
If you don't know what it is, it's a china pottery that was huge in the 1930's.  With many companies making similar dishware at the time.  You can still get it today, but of course if you collecting it, you'd want the older pieces.    I chose this today because even Vintage Gear Guys need to eat and why not on vintage plates and cups and bowls...