Windmills were the Workhorses of Water in the Western United States.


Beginning in the middle 1800’s windmills were used to pump ground water for livestock, humans and to fill the tenders of steam locomotives.


Today windmills serve their original purpose across the world and are also used as decor, yard art and on a greater scale to move wind energy along to power plants.


These are power generating Wind machines near Whitewater in Southern California.

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Vending Machines

Counter top vending machines have a long history of accepting coins and dispensing goods.

I have a few U S Postal Service stamp machines in my own collection as well as a stationary machine that dispenses envelopes. A nice pen or pencil machine is still on my search list!


A big part of finding great vintage pieces is to see the potential to “upcycle” the item into something once again useful, beautiful or fun.

We called it recycling in the ’70s and simply making do before that.

Tank Tags

Tank Tags are a part of the Petroliana category of collecting.


Porcelain or aluminum tags were to be attached to Gasoline and oil storage tanks and/or pumps. Many became station key holders for office and restrooms.

Most date from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Recipe Boxes

Found on the counter or in the cupboard of most 20th century kitchens Recipe boxes are filled with cherished food formulas to feed families!

I have a real love and weakness for these little tin beauties. They just cannot be beat for keeping notes, recipes or what have you the old fashioned way on 3 x 5 cards!

The plaid and Autumn Leaf patterns are my favorites.


Quackery: The deliberate misrepresentation of the ability of a substance, a device, or a person to prevent or treat disease.

Since the beginning of commerce offers of Miracle cures and questionable methods were abundant. Human nature seeks out hope and it also finds ways to fill that need for hope that don’t always work out so well.


Machinist’s Chest

Well crafted of wood or steel Machinist’s chests are designed to safely hold specialty tools.



The top of the line chests were and are made by Gerstner & Sons in Dayton Ohio since 1906. Many other brands are made including Kennedy and Union.

All are works of utility and art in one.

Many survive today while still being used for their original purpose. Many are also storing tools of other trades, brushes and pens for the artist. needles, bobbins and spools for the quilter.



The Lego brick in its present form dates to 1958.

By 1973 sets were being shipped all over the world.

A Lego magazine ad from 1982



The name ‘LEGO’ is a mash up of two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

Lego is a family run business founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.

Over the past almost 80 years the company has come a long way from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now one of the world’s largest manufacturer of toys.