Saturday, December 18, 2010

VINTAGE SINGER SEWING MACHINE 111W155 HEAVY DUTY

Well a few nights ago, I took the Bronco out to pick up my new to me Walking Foot Sewing Machine.
It's a Vintage Singer 111w155 I think it's a 155... the tag was missing.
It was at one time painted silver... and it's peeling.  I'd like to remove it and get it back to black.
I just oiled it all up this morning and cleaned out the gunk.
Timing belt was toast, so I ordered a new one... Should get it next week... and then I can try it out.
This thing is the mother of all medium to heavy duty walking foot sewing machines.  In fact, it's the most copied sewing machine design (or so I read)
The motor which runs.. but not tried out yet.  I can't wait to sew some heavy duty leather, canvas and denim.  My other machine the 110w125 just doesn't cut it for me.  So I'll probably sell her and keep this one, if it works...  Heavy duty vintage sewing is a very cool.  I'll do a follow up post once I get it going...


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Friday, December 17, 2010

VINTAGE PRE WWII LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTE FLAT FIFTY TIN

Today is a Lucky Day.
This is a pre WWII Lucky Strike Flat 50's Tin.
Cigarettes didn't always come in packs.  Sometimes they came in a flat tin of 50.
Lucky Strike was one of the biggest cigarette brands back in the day.  And you can still buy them today.
If you notice the tin is Green.  During WWII the US needed green paint so Lucky make their products in white.  After the war, they never went back.
Lucky would toast their tobacco instead of sun drying it.  That's why it says "It's Toasted"
I don't smoke, but have been tempted to buy a few packs to load into the tin...  I like smoking paraphernalia, as they really had a cool budget and marketing campaigns.   They're cool vintage gear for guys.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

VINTAGE BRASS COMPASS MADE IN FRANCE PRE WWII

Today it's a very old compass.
This one belonged to my grandfather.  I believed he carried it during WWII.
Solid brass.  Made in France.
It has a cool feature of a small little bar that you can push that locks the compass.  I think this is for traveling so the needle doesn't move around.
It's seen many, many miles of use.
It's a cool little compass that looks like it can take a beating, and continue to help you find your way.
I have a terrible built in sense of direction, so I think I'll be keeping this close to me.
If your "cell phone" doesn't have GPS, then maybe you could use one of these.  They never run out of batteries and look damn cooler than a cell phone....  It's Vintage Gear for Guys.