Lost Treasures (was: Cray-1)

From: Jeff Kaneko <Jeff.Kaneko_at_ifrsys.com>
Date: Thu Apr 30 09:56:50 1998

> At 17:30 29-04-98 +0000, Philip.Belben_at_powertech.co.uk wrote:
> >Doug:
> >
> >> Is the reason those old radio/phonograph boxes are not being thrown
> >> away is that noone notice the cover and thinks it's just a pretty
> >> dresser w/o drawers :)? Also hideaway sewing machines.
> >
> >:-) I doubt it...
> >
> >The real crime is those who buy sewing machines with pedestals and
> >treadles, throw away the sewing machine and turn the pedestal into an
> >olde worlde iron framed coffee table. I am told by a friend in the
> >trade that this is v. common.
> There were folks who took a late-20's/early 30's radio which was built into
> a beautiful wooden cabinet and turned it into a piece of furniture by
> gutting it. Then there were the late 40's and early 50's TV cabinets which
> met the same fate. At least I've rescued several of each of these kinds of
> receivers for my collection.

Then there was this girl I was dating while I lived in Baltimore in
the early 80's. Her dad had a vintage (early 20th cent.)'magneto'
(u-crank-it) telephone he mounted on the wall in their basement as a
conversation piece. He felt it was 'too heavy' so before mounting
it he gutted the thing. So many historic relics have been destroyed
in the name of 'interior decoration'.

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