A Fairy Tale of Canada

Once upon a time in a northern Dominion called Canada, there was a thriving oil industry that provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes.  There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm during the long cold winters and supplied the raw material for plants that manufactured plastics, detergents, fertilizer, synthetic clothing and a great many other items needed and used by people every day.

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That oil and natural gas industry employed more than a million people and its exports (link)

were the biggest contributor to the county’s international balance of payments. People

working in the industry were proud that their operations were among the most

technically advanced and environmentally responsible in the world.

Then a report written by a scientific advisory group called the INTERNATIONAL PANEL on

CLIMATE CHANGE was published, stating that the earth was warming and carbon-dioxide emissions from burning ‘fossil fuels’ were the likely cause.   And so it came to be that lowering emissions of the very substance that plants need to breath in the same way as animals need oxygen, and that provides the fizz in soda drinks and the bubbles in champagne, became the world’s most important environmental priority.

Suddenly, after fueling the world’s progress for centuries, oil, natural gas and coal became environmental pariahs.   Eco-elves flew in from far and wide to proclaim Canada’s oil and gas industry is a major contributor to global warming.   But in the real world, the industry contributed just a small part of Canada’s emissions, and Canada’s emissions were only two per cent of global emissions.

Nations of the world gathered together in the magical Kingdom of Japan and promised they would reduce the use of fossil fuels.  But a decade later, fossil-fuel emissions had gone up, not down. So, world leaders gathered in the French Fifth Republic to once again pledge reduction of fossil fuels. But even as world leaders announced this pledge, three dozen countries, including two with more than a third of the people in the world, continued to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants. Coal was already the biggest source of carbon dioxide and those new plants would raise coal emissions by another 40 per cent.

That meant that, even if Canada were to disappear into stardust, its tiny share of global emissions would be replaced in a matter of months. Amazingly, these realities mattered not to Canada’s starry-eyed prime minister, who vowed that his little northern country would set an example to the world.

His paladins imposed special taxes on the users of fossil fuel, creating hardship for the people while also weakening the dominion’s competitive position with its largest trading partner. The prime minister journeyed to the main oil and gas producing province, hoping to use his imagined charisma to convince workers worried about losing their jobs that ‘phasing-out’ their industry was necessary to stop global warming. People asked the prime minister what was to replace all that fossil fuel energy?

HE PROCLAIMED THAT IT WOULD BE ‘GREEN ENERGY’ GENERATED BY THE WIND AND THE SUN.

But the people knew that the wind only blew some of the time. And that, in this northern land Alternative energy

with little sunlight during short winter days and none on long cold nights when energy is needed most, solar was useless.   And the government had not learned from experience in a province called Ontario, where billions of dollars spent on green energy had yielded only small amounts of very expensive and unreliable power that needed back-up fossil-fuel power plants to prevent . . . black-outs.


The folly of relying on green energy was undeniable, but, alas, neither the eco-elves nor the prime minister took heed. Neither did they face the truth that trying to force down Canada’s already tiny global emissions would hamstring the country’s most important industry only to have its fossil-fuel production, and emissions, replaced by buying production in US$ or from other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

  The prime minister and his paladins remained convinced their green dream (LINK) would come true, if only they believed. So, this fairy tale of doing good for the world became a nightmare for this small northern dominion.

“Sadly, the rest of the world didn’t even care”.

Author Unknown

“THIS IS THE AUTHORS POINT OF VIEW AND NOT NECESSARILY MINE, BUT  CLOSE”.

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HEAD VASE

 

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It’s Valentine’s Day again and it’s only appropriate to think of flowers. Myself, I think of my Anniversary, Valentine’s day and this is my next edition to THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW SERIES of 50 articles.  This topic in the series is about Collecting Head Vases and in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, flowers and head vases go together, and in the same sentence.

Head Vases where first introduced in the 40s for the florist and boutique industry as give-always to complement  flowers with these stylish vases.  They were a drawing card to bring in new customers to  there brick and mortar store. Grouping beautiful bouquets of flowers together in a classy looking vase known as a Head Vase was a big success. Like today, it’s not uncommon to buy your darling flowers already put in a “plain” ordinary vase. But these weren’t just any vase, they had a look all of their own.

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two head vases one with flowers and one without

Head Vases and Flowers go together.

Here is a little history.                                                                                                                                                                      The term head vase was referred to a special style of ceramic vase. Most to all, these vases as I mentioned, had a distinct look about them. They generally featured the head or bust of a person, but they also came in an animal theme, babies, children, men and some had a religious tone to them. (Nothing ordinary about these vases). So the porcelain head vases where not strictly of just beautiful women but they were the most popular of all.  In the same category of head vases, they were sometimes known as head planters but in my estimation, there is no comparison.

The Americans introduced these gems to the market before WW2 in the early 40’s, but after the war, they were made by many off shore companies. (Mainly Japan)  By the mid 70’s the market was flooded with head vases and the fad peaked. Now they are just a neat, hard to find, collectable.

There were also many companies that produced HEAD VASES just to hang on the wall. There was a pocket in the back for the flowers and they were referred to as “WALL POCKETS” (still seen today).

Point of interest: like I said, many of the most desirable and collectable head vases were of FAMOUS WOMEN like Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Jackie Kennedy and the likes. They were featured with fancy hats, realistic facial features, and even pearl necklaces with matching dangling earrings. Some even had a shapely hand with painted nails delicately framing one side of the face. By looking straight at these facial art pieces, you don’t notice there is an opening in behind for the flowers. In the 60’s they were hot items sold at five and dime stores such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s.  Some of the prices being $3.00 or less.

Did you know there are popular “HEAD VASE” CONVENTIONS around the country?

Here is a helpful tip.                                                                                                                                                              When on the hunt for theses unique gems, one way you know they are Head Vases is by putting your hand in behind the head and checking that opening for the flowers. Other than that, you could be fooled thinking it to be just another nice piece of Porcelain.

“One collector said they all have something in common. They are all someone’s fantasy of a beautiful woman”.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                 HERE IS A HAMILTON, ONTARIO COUPLE WHO COLLECT HEAD VASES — THEY ARE UP TO 1,200 AND collection of head vasesCOUNTING, and that was in 2012. Here is a (link) to their collection.

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/2257252-head-hunting-collector-s-passion-for-head-vases/

Now you’re all pumped up about your new found adventure, collecting Head Vases. Now what? You can find them at antique malls, flea markets, garage sales, and even at auction sales. The best part, most people don’t even know what they are or have never heard of them.

Does that make them collectable or just scarce?

When you’re looking, or hunting for these rarities, get in the habit when seeing a porcelain head or bust of some description sitting on a shelf with all those other pieces of glass ware, to place your hand behind the head to feel for that opening.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ∞ ∞ FROM THE FRONT IT IS HARD TO TELL. ∞ ∞

The most popular brands to look for are, Napco, Relpo, Rubens and Lefton. But beware there are a lot of reproductions out there.

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SO … ARN’T YOU A LITTLE MORE INTERESTED IN COLLECTING “HEAD VASES” THAN YOU WERE BEFORE? . . . . I HOPE SO!

LET’S START COLLECTING “anything” and read my series of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” for other collectable information and, if you have any more than 3 items the same, you are already a collector. You just don’t know it!

Hope this site was helpful on this Valentine’s Day and I say to you, why settle with an ordinary vase when these collectable Head Vases have a little more …. Buzz.

I recommend this excellent book on “Head Vases Identification and values”. By Kathleen Cole

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SteamPunk Art

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In the series of THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW this is where we will talk about STEAMPUNK Art. Having said that, even I never knew a lot about the art form or even heard of the Steam punk movement. After being intrigued by the term, by the time of writing this post, I’m at a loss on where to put this article. Should it be under “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” collectables or just an interesting blog post on a different type of collecting or culture?

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The term Steampunk incorporates such technology that may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or other modern day fiction authors] Other examples of Steampunk contain alternative history style presentations of such technology as steam cannons, lighter than air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, such as the main photo.

By trade, I am a self endorsed Mechanical guy. Not knowing “before”what Steampunk would be or what to expect, I had to ask myself how I would go about looking for such a thing. Steam to me would be anything industrial and heavy duty. Describing “PUNK” well, I would leave that to the imagination.

WIKIPEDIA explains Steam Punk this way. (LINK)

Steam punk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre.  Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”. A future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. However, steampunk and Neo-Victorian are different in that the Neo-Victorian movement does not extrapolate on technology while technology is a key aspect of steampunk.  The first known appearance of the term was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created as far back as the 1950s or 1960s

THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  SteamPunk Art

So like all my other posts on THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW I look for simplicity. Now that I have a vision what to look for, Yeah, I have seen that art before. I run into some form of it at the antique mall swap meets. so, it’s not new. I just never recognized it before by a name.

It would be hard to explain what Steam Punk Art is, but I will give it a go!

Example:  Here’s an interesting creation on line for sale.

The ad reads, “60 ANTIQUE RAILROAD SPIKES, VERY RUSTED, VINTAGE DECOR, STEAMPUNK ART.”  BUT IS IT Steampunk art? steampunk art No, not in their original form, but bend them, twist them, make something out of these pieces of iron and now they’re called—  SteamPunk Art.

(These rusty old railroad spikes recently sold on Ebay for $49.99,)

I have some railway spikes that I can’t give away, but if I have Steampunk  IN THE SAME SENTENCE, NOW I will be able to SELL them.  Mainly, it opens up the mind to a question, WHAT WOULD I, or could I DO WITH OLD RAILWAY SPIKES or any discarded … anything?

Talk about Recycling.

That answer would be, let the imagination flow, and get that creative “YOU” out. That odd hybrid of collectible stuff is wildly popular with many a group of people, and why “because it’s different”.

GOOGLE “railway spikes steampunk art”   (www.rolandmetalart.com)

Some creative person with a lot of time on their hands put a bunch of pipe fittings together and made a light out of it. Another would weld discarded industrial gears together, a few big and a few small and came up with another piece of creative art. Some of these people don’t even know that this is in a category all its own, called “STEAMPUNK Art”.  (http://ozcashfromhome.com/attractive_steampunk-light-fixture) (Beer bottle light fixture)

Now, knowing what I know about folk Art I would consider Steampunk almost the same, (but a little different).  It takes imagination and creativity by the artist to come up with and execute both styles of such art. And this type of art form as well as Tramp art, or even Trench Art it’s in the eye of the beholder.

Wikipedia.com   explains Folk art objects this way:  (link)

In my younger days I would explain Steampunk as being made by someone that had too much time on their hands and smoking too much of that Jamaican Gold, Stuff. Or matter of fact, Canadian Gold. (LINK)  But this line of art has quite a following.

Check out this Town family function on their version of the SteamPunk Era

ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM which was last year, but none the less it does show the impact of “STEAMPUNK” and how it’s taking hold of America.

Their ad reads:

A two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Enjoy festivities geared for the entire family as we pay homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian Science Fiction, And The Industrial Revolution and SteamPunk Enthusiasts.

  STEAMPUNK  IS WHERE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTACY MEET

THERE YOU HAVE IT, I’m still not sure if it should be under “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” collectables.  Or just an interesting blog post on a different type of collecting or culture? It’s not for everyone. The old industrial pipe fitters desk lamp would probably not go well with your modern day decor, or …WOULD IT?

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Every household should have at least 1 conversation piece in their family gathering room. “AND THIS COULD BE IT” Something that just doesn’t fit or belong, something that would break the mood of when company comes over and nobody has anything to say-

EXCEPT what is THAT?

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Google  “SteamPunk Ideas“ for more illustrations

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BOTTLE COLLECTING

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COLLECTING BOTTLES  . . . . PART1

First Installment #28 The Least You Should Know  (link) 50 collector series, I’ll be talking about BOTTLES, JUST COLLECTING LITTLE OLD BOTTLES. Hopefully I can get you interested enough to get you off your hiny and start collecting, and Antique Bottles would be a good place to start.

This is one reason you should start collecting bottles. They are interesting to look at; they come in every shape and size and most are quite colorful. Bottles have a history, a history of companies that have come and gone. Some have survived the ups and downs of the ever changing economy, and some may be even in the same city you live in.

The part I find most interesting is when bottle companies moved away from the original imposed glass look to the new and improved stick on paper labels. Advertisement of their product had no limits If they could fit some slogan on that label, you were good to go.  pill bottle labelToday if you were lucky enough to find an old bottle with a label still on it, you’d be surprised at some of the interesting advertisements and the ingredient would surprise you even more. So… still interested in collecting bottles? Then this is where you would start.

How and where would you find old Bottles?

You can find bottles at swap meets, flea markets, garage sales, trade shows and one of the best places to buy or trade is at an antique store or mall. You can find and start digging around old FARM DUMPING SPOTS.

Some of these serious bottle collectors add metal detecting to their hobby. Now we all know, when you’re METAL detecting, we’d be waiting a long time for a detector to give off any beeping sound when looking for glass bottles. But not only do we hear beeping from the old tin cans and the likes, there are bottles. Always lots of bottles, sitting right beside  the beeping of the tin cans. EH!

YOU TUBE HAS GREAT VIDEOS ON WHERE TO FIND BOTTLES (link)

Did you know early settlers dug holes along their fence line just to bury their daily household garbage? That’s where you would find your bottles, and that’s if … “IF YOU CAN ONLY FIND THAT FENCE LINE!” which today are mostly long gone.  Rural dumps and old abandoned properties are a good spot to go digging.

LET’S ASSUME THE FARMER LIKED TO HAVE A LITTLE NIP ONCE IN A WHILE, Whisky BOTTLES, WINE BOTTLES EVERYWHERE and don’t forget the bottles that had a little tonic in them to grease up the hair, as well as perfume for those Saturday night hoedowns.

WHAT TO COLLECT” … Bottles of COURSE.

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The bottles from the yesteryear, like I said were colorful, had different shapes and sizes. Some of the labels were a joy to read, and are something of a joke nowadays. Some state “Made with pure Opium with a touch of marijuana flavoring to help soothe the soul.” The one label from the 30s, a Raleigh bottle describes their ointment this way, “IF IT DOESN’T WORK ON YOUR MAN, IT SURE WILL WORK ON YOUR HORSE”.  . .  That’s the best LABEL I’VE SEEN.

BOTTLE COLLECTING IS A FUN AND INTERESTING HOBBY.


Doing research for this article made me think . . .  “I should add bottle collecting to my resume”. The information out there is enormous with clubs everywhere. BOTTLE SHOWS every 4 months and the people, vendors, are full of information and always glad to share their secrets with a newbie bottle collector.

I’m not a collector of bottles by any means, but being around the scene you do pick up a lot of information. To write this post as accurately as possible, I did a lot of fun research on the subject, and by the  way ,  When You’re Hooked on bottle collecting , you too will have to do even more research on this exciting hobby.

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So now I’m doing research on beer bottles, and that’s a subject I hold “dear to my heart”.  I came across some information on a rare dark colored beer bottle and a bit of history of this old brewery. It was located down the street from where I lived as a kid. I NEVER KNEW THAT!  One block away!

It was way before my time but none the less, I found the information fascinating. I guess I could add beer bottle collecting to my other hobbies, but where I live, there are still only 24 hrs in a day. But I did find that bottle intriguing enough that I’ll be doing more research on that brewery. You know… the one nobody even knew was there … except a “misinformed bottle collector”  . . . right?

BUT THAT IS HOW IT STARTS

Today that brewery in question has been turned back into a modern day home brew establishment, and the proprietors never knew the original building was a famous brew house to start with!

REMEMBER, RESEARCH IS THE KEY. ON YOUR NEW FOUND HOBBY. GET TO KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW. WHEN COLLECTING ANYTHING, “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

And that’s how it starts, so WHAT TO COLLECT (link) Collecting Antique Old Bottles is where it’s at.

∞ ∞ Check out part 2 of “COLLECTING OLD BOTTLES” ∞ ∞ (link

EXCELLENT WEB SITES ON COLLECTING bOTTLES   

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∞  https://poisonsnmore.webs.com/oldbottleresearch.htm

∞ https://www.bottlestore.com/blog/the-curious-world-of-bottle-collecting-and-the-people-who-collect-them/

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∞ https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-start-a-collection-50-manly-collection-ideas/

 

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COLLECTING OLD BOTTLE PART TWO

DATING old BOTTLES

It is reasonably easy to check if a bottle is old, even to date a bottle Isn’t out of the question. Different time period graphics change on bottles. Coca Cola changed their design many times in their life and that would give you a good idea of the year it was made.

There are other ways to check and date bottles.  A visual inspection and characteristics, I always look for blow mold pontil scars. They are marks at the bottom of a bottle that was seen until around the 1850s. After that date the industry found a cleaner way to remove that excess blow molding mark which in turn would be difficult to spot.

That will help date it again?

styles of bottle neck

styles of bottle neck

Mold seam marks are another way I inspect the glass by how many seams there are. Do the mold markings stop half way up the bottle or do they go from the bottom right to the top of the lip? The 2 ways here shows there are a few simple solutions to dating a bottle outside of diligent research, but hopefully I showed you a few ways to narrow your search down.

Mold seam markings as described, tells at a glance how the bottle was formed. Should be of great interest to a bottle collector or novice just learning a fast way of dating a bottle. Is the manufacturers’ name embossed in the glass or did it have a paper label?

COLLECTING OLD BOTTLES

An Example,  if you are a collector of a certain Manufactured glass Company and you know through diligent research that they only used a 2 mold set up rather than a three mold, then that should raise a flag. Mold markings are seen in lower end bottles where looks don’t really matter. They are marks/lines that you can see and feel going up and down most bottles or anything that has been MOLDED in a form. Two marks shows the mold is 2 halves and 3 marks show the mold is in 3 sections.

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MOST DESIRABLE BOTTLES

Like most collectables the market changes from one day to the next. What is the most popular today might not be popular tomorrow. So the value of your collectable could fluctuate.  But if you want to be a serious antique bottle collector, the collection industry says, in America the most desirable bottles are made from the year 1900 to the early 20th century. Those years brought in some exiting new innovations in bottle making like color, designs, etc.

MEDICINE INDUSTRY BOTTLES

The medicine industry in the new world just flourished with the finding of new plant life. New herbs and spices brought new cures for ailments to make you live well, until the age of at least 40 anyway.

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SNAKE OIL SALESMEN” were everywhere. They were flourishing across the country, going from one part of the country to the other.  The medicine they sold was the CURE ALL and end all.  The fancier the bottle the more intriguing it was to sell. Never mind if the medicine worked, they had a pretty bottle. Well, not really. Medicine bottles were plain and well marked. Some even had skull and cross bones embossed in the glass, just so you wouldn’t get it mixed up with your hair tonic or in some cases, drink something when it’s a rub-e-dub.

PERFUME BOTTLES were just nice looking small lady looking bottles unless you were from the rich and famous and these desirable French collectable bottles had a distinct look of money about them. They would be a prime example of something very collectable (or just to put on your dresser and use) and that’s only if you can find them with all the pieces intact.

REMEMBER, RESEARCH IS THE KEY. IN YOUR NEW FOUND HOBBY GET TO KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW. “WHEN COLLECTING ANYTHING”  “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”

Doing research I came across this fascinating article (LINK). The author talks about Pre-Civil War bottles such as medicines, hairs tonics, sarsaparillas, and bitters.

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Condition

Check bottle for seams, do they go part way up or all the way to the top.

Inspect a bottle for a pontil scar

Bottle necks will date a bottle

Do research

More Research

Go to as many antique bottle collecting shows as you can. It’s a good way to spent an afternoon.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Bottle experts are available both on and offline just to help amateur collectors to confirm a date or design. Organizations like The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (https://www.fohbc.org/) and general collecting websites like Collector’s Weekly which provide up-to-date and historically accurate information for that serious and amateur bottle connoisseur collector.

“REMEMBER, COLLECT FOR THE FUN OF IT”.

AND the answer to your question, WHAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE BOTTLE EVER SOLD?

Moneyversed.com article reads                                                                                    

pinterest old lable image The most expensive wine ever sold is the exception to the dated rule of rare wine, as it was not even a decade old at the time of purchase; the six liter Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 bottle sold for a whopping half a million bucks (THAT’S RIGHT, FOLKS, $500,000) in 2000 at a Napa Valley charity auction!   This might not be the most expensive bottle ever sold, but it right up there in the pricey list.

∞ ∞ Check out Collecting Bottles . . . PART 1 ∞ ∞   (link)

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Gun control in the U.S.

Someone brought up an interesting topic “Is there gun control in the United States”. I spontaneously found myself saying, “what gun control? Do they have gun control in the U.S.?”. Do they?

The last time we gave guns a thought, was when the news media picked up stories of mass shootings in the United States or as a matter of fact, the gun violence that’s starting to show up in Canada.

As Canadians, it was always said, “What happens in the U.S. will eventually happen here.” The general census were 10 years behind.

SO WHAT GUN CONTROL

What always comes after a gun shooting in the U.S. is a public outcry for gun control. US presidents would stand at their podium with a concerned look on their faces and say, “We will look into the problem and let’s get these guns off our streets.” That must be a standard protocol speech that gets circulated around the White House. Some of the Presidents truly seemed  concerned, but they know not much  can be done.

Controlling the gun problem is bigger and maybe, just a little out of their reach even for presidents.  It’s an entity that has taken its own course in history, like a runaway train, not to be stopped or even slowed down. Certainly it is not something that can be remedied overnight.  Even if the higher ups have the will power to take on such a task.

But you do have to wonder, what keeps the momentum going. Is it the peoples drive for guns and “more is better” attitude? Is it the mesmerizing power of holding a gun in your hand that binds a person to owning one? Or is it the Gun Advocacy groups that try and put a positive spin on owning guns, any guns, and the more the better, it’s for the good of your families?

 

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If I need an AK-47 to live here its time to move. MEME

Maybe it’s as simple as what George Washington said three hundred years back.

IT’S CALLED the 2nd AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_States

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  George Washington

BUT THAT WAS SO LONG AGO!  Americans were fighting the English back then. Washington wanted all the colony militia’s to be armed and ready, that made total sense, back then.

So gun control in the United States might just be a little out of reach for any kind of change.

When U.S. president Donald Trump came out and said he has the solution to the gun control problem in schools, all he said was “Let’s HAVE MORE GUNS” ( Arm the teachers is what he said ”)

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One of two things could be true.

 #1   Somebody higher ups must have monetary Interest in gun manufacturing, or

 # 2 The problem is so deep rooted, it’s in the DNA of all Americans and if that’s the case, it will take a long time to extract that from a person blood stream.

Make no mistake, there is big money in gun manufacturing and I don’t know if you would ever get an accurate dollar figure on how big a business it really is. So, what gun control?

The mentality of Gun Advocacy groups has this slogan,

THE GUN DOESN’T KILL, IT’S THE PERSON USING THE GUN THAT KILLS.

That’s a good argument, however; the temptation is always there. We mortals have a flaw. We have a weak link in our DNA and they call it a mental breakdown. Some people just have trouble seeing right from wrong.

There are very few things in this world that you can hold,  feel that has the strength or power, and that’s  guns of any sort. “Weapons” and I use that term loosely,  they have their own aura around them. They have a feeling all its own with strength and power over a man. Put in a mixture of an unstable individual, that’s just a bad situation. Remember , guns have one sole purpose!

Gun control in the U.S., What gun control?

In Canada our ex-Prime Minister Harper’s government tried a gun registry. The idea was, and I don’t think it had anything to do with buying or owning a gun, the government wanted only to keep track of  guns in this country. (And of course take your money for administration fees.)

Like all politicians, I think their reasoning was sound by having every gun owner  register his or her fire arm, put it in a data base for law enforcement to retrieve the information at any given time. But, Millions of Canadian dollars were spent in this department, just to keep track of these weapons and their owners.

The registry never worked out. The same leader that implemented the department, spent millions only to scrap and burn all the evidence.  (I mean paper work.)  It was never to be seen by the public again. One of our Provinces (Quebec) wanted to have their own type of gun registry. They asked the Federal Conservative leaders if they could have a copy of what already existed and they would try and improve on it for their province.

“SORRY, every copy burned” That was the reply from our Federal government. After years of collecting data, it was all gone, and millions of dollars spent. GONE.

Being a conspiracy theorist like I am, THAT part STUNK!

FUNNY HOW the US gun industry is making money selling arms to their own people and the Canadian government was making money just by registering what firearms we do have.


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GUN LAW REFORM in the U.S.

Can the American government change the 2 Nd Amendment? Is it even possible? A 300 year old law, well, according to this web site (LIVE SCIENCE.COM), it is very well “POSSIBLE TO PROBABLE.”

It is  said the second amendment has emerged as a dubious target in the U.S. gun debate after a March 27 New York Times op-ed by former Justice John Paul Stevens suggested that repealing the amendment would be a “simple” way to move forward gun law reform.

A survey conducted in February by The Economist and You Gov found that 21 percent of Americans favor repealing the Second, which reads

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TWEETED IN RESPONSE THAT “THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED,”

GUN CONTROL IN THE U.S., WHAT GUN CONTROL?

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ON ANOTHER ARTICLE:

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More Guns Than Roses in the United States, India, and China:

 Eighty-five percent of firearms worldwide are owned by civilians. In comparison, military stockpiles only account for thirteen percent of firearms and law enforcement a measly two percent. Out of the estimated billion (plus) guns and ammunition based weaponry, civilians have eight hundred and fifty million – the United States makes up forty percent alone. Second place goes to India, with seventy-one million registered firearms, and the bronze medal to China’s fifty million. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Japan, Indonesia, and Malawi all host less than one gun per hundred residents. In light of recent events, governments have been urged to control and regulate accessibility and implement legislature to control and track gun ownership across the globe.

THIS IS NOT OFF TOPIC, I swear, SO, DON’T TURN THE CHANNEL.

Ever wonder where all these cars are coming from that are on our highways. ONE auto manufacturers brags how fast they can produce a vehicle. The industry  says that one car comes off their assembly line every minute, (give or take a few seconds) MY POINT BEING, How many guns come off an assembly line every minute, assuming more than one a minute, but still, that’s  a lot of new guns on all our streets, weekly. Eh

“WE ARE LOOKING AT THE GUN ISSUE FROM THE WRONG ANGLE”  

Hollywood made a popular movie years ago, (1984) and its about this very posting, old, but also a good MOVIE TO watch. The story line of this movie could be the reason why there is no Gun Control in the U.S.?  “just a though” eH

(link)  Red Dawn” starring Patrick Swayze

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WHAT TO COLLECT, what to collect

collecting So you want to start a new hobby and you’re not too sure what to collect? If its any help, that’s the most asked question on the web,  WHAT TO COLLECT” what to collect? What relaxing type of hobby could I start? . . . YOU KNOW, something I could just… ease into, something not too expensive?  In the end, YOU’RE the only person that can answer that question. But today is you’re in lucky day, 🍀 I do have a few suggestions.

HERE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS TO WHAT TO COLLECT.

PICK A HOBBY OR COLLECTIBLE THAT YOU’RE ALREADY INTERESTED IN.  SOMETHING YOU FIND EXHILARATING OR MAYBE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW LOTS ABOUT AND THAT JUST NEEDS A LITTLE . . . POLISHING.

REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE THAN 3 THE SAME, YOU’RE ALREADY A COLLECTOR.

In my series of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” I will try and show you, the readers, simple things to look for to collect, anything.  I myself try and look at things from different angles, simple things to look for, and help date unusual things. I will NOT make you an expert. I’m just showing you a few tricks that I picked up along the way of collecting, or just buying and selling if that’s your niche. I bookmark any websites that I find interesting on collecting for the readers. There are some real good and interesting reads on your choice of hobby.

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HOPEFULLY INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLLECTING, anything.

But it would only stand to reason if you like sports, collecting sports related items could be more in line of your future hobby, or heavy manly stuff would be cast iron goods. People are fascinated with wood molds, or any factory related items. Many people also collect military item, antique machinery or tools.

WHAT TO COLLECT, WHAT TO COLLECT, DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

In my installments of “THE LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW” Series of 50, I tell you what to look for, maybe get you interested in collecting anything, something unusual.

  • Vintage Photographs with hopefully a famous signature on it.
  • Coins.
  • Cosmetic Jewelry.
  • Clothing.
  • Playing cards from around the world
  • Stamps
  • Vintage bar-ware
  • Action figures
  • Bottle Openers
  • Train sets are fun and lucrative.
  • Snow globe
  • Anything with Advertising on it!  Signs, Pens, Campaign Buttons.
  • Wine corks.
  • Rare books.
  • Penny Banks are small as well as Royal Dalton figurines, match boxes, decorative thimbles, Pez dispensers, etc., and the list goes on!

RULES FOR COLLECTING ANTIQUES

    ∞ Buy what you can afford.

   ∞ Buy something that you enjoy and that is already pleasing to the eye.

  ∞ Buy collectables that suit your lifestyle. (If you are an apartment dweller, collecting antique furniture might prove challenging) but smaller items (Like my list) SHOULD NOT DETER YOU FROM THE FUN OF COLLECTING.

So what are good things to collect you ask, “THE SKY IS THE LIMIT”

Do your research. There are many things of interest for everybody’s tastes and lifestyles.

 ∞ Did you know that most, to all Antique malls do not charge  admission.

Going to most antique malls could turn out to be an exciting 2 hour afternoon adventure.

Did you know that garage sale treasure hunting is one of the most entertaining things to do for you and your family bonding?

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The hunt is the best part of your new found hobby. Whether it’s collecting antiques or collecting new and up and coming future collectable items, do your research and “TRAIN THE EYE TO SEE”.

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“THINGS TO COLLECT”

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Moving to Canada

Map of CanadaCanada is classified as the great white North, and whoever put that label on us,

HAD IT ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

GREAT WHITE NORTH”  in the winter and NORTH of our “friends” to the south.

Here is the trick to living in Canada, and if it’s the winter that scares you, you just have to dress for it, that’s all you have to do. The weather, depending on where you live in great Canada, can change drastically. In the winter it could be a balmy 40 deg.  to -25 deg.  But we all survive the cold. We just dress for the occasion.

 (Photo link) So, you’re Moving to Beautiful Canada, Eh! 

On another note, when living in Canada in the winter, you can always put more clothing on to stay warm, but there is only so much clothing you can take off in the hot weather.

Another part to living in Canada in the winter is, sure it’s cold, SUCK IT UP WUSS (buttercup).  We have in our great land diversity in winter sports activities like skating, tobogganing with your family,etc. What better way to get to know your kids and actually go out and have fun with them.

DID YOU KNOW HOCKEY WAS INVENTED IN CANADACanadian outdoor hockey

Ice skating rinks, back yard rinks, and the thousands of lakes that have frozen over,all there to skate on.There is  snowmobiling, walking trails that stretch for 100 of miles, nice fresh clean air to breathe. What’s not to like!

Most of the world portrays Canada as a cold baron land where most of the land mass is covered in snow 6 months of the year, or, most of us still live in igloos. The people in the world must have mistaken Canada for Siberia, and in case you don’t know your geography, that’s in “Russia”.


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Some of our real far up northern brothers might stay in touch with nature, but that’s their traditional right, but even they are starting to modernize.

Moving to Canada

Our American brothers think Canada is where all the cold weather comes from. cold weather comes from AlaskaAgain, another misconception. It comes from Alaska.

We have one of the largest economies in the world. Canada has the second largest land mass. We have 250,000 lakes and islands. We are one of the safest growing countries in the world to live in and there is  no safer place to bring up your Families.

 WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE, EH!

We have the finest universities and schooling in the world. People from around the world send all their kids to our universities.

Canada is one of the few countries that are known for versatility in religion, culture, etc. and accept  all ways of life.

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear of thousands of  people going to extremes to immigrate into the United States and I always ask this question to myself . . .

WHY???

It can’t be the weather. In most part their northern part of the U.S. is as cold as ours, and yes,in a day’s drive you can hit nicer weather. So what! It takes us a day and a half to drive to the U.S.’s nicer weather.

So what’s the problem?

I would move to Canada . . .  if I didn’t already live here. Eh!

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MOVE TO CANADA

  • Beautiful Seasonal Weather.
  • Diversity.
  • Generations of immigrants have received a warm welcome to Canada. …
  • Good stable economy
  • Cost of living is at par
  • Healthcare. …
  • Friendly people.
  • Free from wars and famine
  • Freedom to travel to any part of our great land “sea to sea”
  • AND A THOUSAND and one MORE REASONS.

*WHATS NOT TO LIKE*

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How do I know if I have a hearing problem?

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Do you find people noticeably getting a little frustrated with you?  Always repeating themselves as if . . . I have a hearing problem. Well, I personally think  they should stop slurring their words like they were a bunch of drunken sailors, then maybe, I might be able to understand them better, or maybe and this is reach . . .  I have a hearing problem? …. “Nah”

Of coarse, this is  one of the Symptoms of a Hearing Impairment?

Working around heavy machinery all my life, I find that I’m saying, sorry I didn’t hear you a lot or “what’s that you said?”. As I was watching a movie I said to my wife “what did that actor say? I never heard that punch line” I watched a movie for 2 hours and I never heard the ending. Now my wife cautiously says,”You know, you should be getting t your hearing tested!”

What? There’s nothing wrong with my hearing! Eh!

Why shouldn’t I  expect to have a problem? My wife reminds me daily that she is tired of speaking so loud. Our TV has a natural setting of…10. Now that should have been a red flag!

Most of us, maybe, possibly, might have a hearing impairment and don’t know it. I’m not admitting to it, but maybe, we just don’t want to confess to having a problem.

Bulky looking things hanging out of your ear! What next, a hearing horn?

Nah. There is nothing wrong with my hearing.

I told my wife, “there’s nothing wrong with my hearing, it’s just fine” In most cases, I call it selective hearing, but she doesn’t buy it. IF I DO HAVE A PROBLEM and I am not admitting to it, I will blame my slight hearing impairment on the noisy 40 year work environment. Yeah, that’s it, my work place, but I’m still OK, I can hear just fine.

“What did you say?”

But the work environment was different 20 years back. As a trades-person working around deafening heavy equipment, that was the normal sound. The industry didn’t worry about noise pollution. The heavy roaring machines were just the way they were when designed and came off the assembly line like that, LOUD.

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The trucks were all noisy, some pushing 90 to 12o decibels (dB).  Noisy, hell, most companies and employees never even thought of the long term hearing affect and in most cases, we were all just trying to make a living. Noise pollution was not part of the equation.

Could hanging around all those old noisy slot machines be what did it? (They weren’t only noisy they were winning!) I don’t hear that sound much anymore. That must be my hearing.

*Note: When the average person talks “one on one” it is around 40 decibels, and they say anything over 85 decibels could be HARMFUL.

*Decibels are a measurement the doctors use for sound. (1 being low, 40 normal, and 80 starts to be bad for you.”LOUD”

Things sure have changed at work places. You have to be suited with all the safety gear.

When your neighbor catches you going out the door, he says, “where are you off to, playing football with the guys?” “HELL NO, I’m going to work.”

Sure you knew loud noises were bad for you. But then the subtle and constant ringing in the ear was a dead giveaway that there was something wrong and your body is being affected with a  condition. But that did come with the work territory.

“OK” I say to myself, “I’ll get my hearing tested and I’ll bet the doctor will just tell me, “your hearing is gone”

OK, I humor my wife and go and get my hearing tested. But I’ll bet the doctor will take one look at me, and says to himself “yup, the guy’s over 50 and worked in a noisy environment. Yup, that’ll do it every time.” AND JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK, THE DOCTOR LOOKS AT YOU AND SAYS, “YUP, YOU’RE OVER 50 and worked in a NOISY ENVIRONMENT. THAT’LL DO IT EVERY TIME.” “You’ll have to sit in that booth right over there for a hearing test.” Your hearing is gone, never to return AGAIN.

Being a little mechanically inclined, I asked him how he could have diagnosed the problem so fast.

“I JUST KNOW” That was his stupid answer.

I don’t think I have a hearing problem. Sure all those things that were mentioned are true, but that could mean almost anything, right?

Audiologist VS Otolaryngologist

 

I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD LEARN TO TALK MORE Clearly EH!

But I did humor the doctor (and my wife) and proceeded into this 4×4 ft sound proof cubicle. The Otolaryngologist lady was helping me put the head gear on. She spoke with a German accent of sorts. Now I’m not prejudice but if you’re checking my hearing for clarity, I at least wouldn’t mind a sporting chance.  “Now repeat the words after me” she says. “This is not a fair test!” I wouldn’t have understood her when I was 20.  So now I’m a little skeptical on the whole test. “Trust” is not my middle name and I still think my hearing is just . . . fine.

A Hearing aid Department (Audiologist) in the same office as an ear, nose, and throat Physician (Otolaryngologist) looks a little odd, but I guess not any different than Oral Surgeons and a Denture Clinic sharing the same office.

The hearing test, like any computer, can be manually manipulated to suit the results.

I went through the second part of the test. It had a muffled computer voice saying, “repeat the last word of the sentence” I had to pay real close attention to what this computer was saying. I thing the lady doing the test was playing with my head, “hearing”.

I thought to myself, “doesn’t anyone speak clearly anymore?” Not even the computer testing my hearing was clear.  I had trouble understanding the lady from Germany saying “repeat after me” with broken English and now a computer was mumbling its words that I didn’t understand.

“How do I know if I have a hearing problem”?

After all that fighting with my hearing issue, and I’m fighting it tooth and nail, possibly I do need some guidance in the hearing department.  I decided maybe I do need some help. (DID I SAY THAT?) I’m just saying maybe I need a little help.

Almost convinced that I need H…… A…

So almost convinced, I tried an in-house loaner set of hear-aids. They have such an unnatural sound. The Audiologist assured me my brain just needs to adapt to the new sound. I basically have no recourse. If my natural hearing is gone and they are right, NEVER to mend itself, never to return again. . . EVER.  . . Then I do need something.

“But, what’s that chirping sound?” as asked my wife. She says, “It’s the birds.” Eh!

*FACT – 4 out of 5 people do not wear their hearing aids, even after they purchase them, (LINK) AND MOST SHOULD.

*FACT – Recent University studies also suggest (Link)  Alzheimer’s or Dementia could possibly stem from hearing loss, “NOW, THAT’S A WAKE-UP CALL” Being a person going through a “slight” hearing loss and in my chosen trade, problem solving is what I did, I always looked for a common denominator (are those two problems linked to one area.) and this is how I looked at this hearing test thing. I personally can see a relationship between hearing loss and a form of Dementia because they somewhat have the same symptoms.

*FACT– 47 % of all Canadians over 50 suffer from some form of hearing loss.

(The brain, not hearing the words properly, can’t decipher the meaning properly and through time just might get used to being confused, and miss-intrepid words. (Just because you can’t hear the words properly) I think I’m going to start wearing my new hearing aids when I get them. The alternative to getting that mind bending disease through pure stupidity. All because you don’t admit you have a hearing problem.

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Short Story about hearing

When visiting my brother, the first thing he always did was hand me a bottle of my favorite beer. He got terminally ill and was very close to the end and he whispered in my ear…”did you get your beer”? I didn’t hear him. On his last breath, I just didn’t hear what he said. I have given that a lot of thought over the years and that’s, what he said. Just over a lousy set of hearing aids. . .  I will always remember that day.

SUMMERY: I’m not going to miss not hearing loud motorcycles go up and down our street with a noisy decibel reading of 130, which is really (LOUD),  but not hearing your family trying to have a heart to heart talk with you, or maybe a little guidance from you, that’s something you don’t want to miss out on.

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How do I know if I have a hearing problem?

Ringing in the ear is often the first sign of hearing loss

  • Muffled  speech and sounds.
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people.
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly.
  • Most complain that people mumble or talk too fast.

“Know the early signs”

Common hearing aid styles 

5 differance hearing aids

5 difference hearing aids

 

Completely in the canal

In the canal

In the ear

Behind the ear

With the receiver in the canal or ear

Open fit

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This might help you get over the phobia of wearing hearing aids!

compare a hearing aid to a blue tooth in the ear

compare a hearing aid to a blue tooth in the ear

 

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Sad Iron

 

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# 17 of the series of 50

This is #17 installment of “The least You Should Know 50 Series” and it’s about simple Sad IRONS, or some people just call them FLAT IRONS.

Your question would be, “are these 70 year old or better sad irons collectables?” “I guess they are, and especially when mated with their counter part, the Trivets. (LINK)

As we know the first generation irons were hand forged hunks of metal made by underappreciated, hard working blacksmiths. They smoothed off the bottom and incorporated a crude looking iron handle on the top and voilà, a sad iron was born. But mated with the proper trivet, some sad irons could be a thing of beauty.

And Bonus! They all come with lots of history of an early and simpler life style.

NOW for you people that are asking yourself, what is this Canadian talking about?

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Here is A Little History on Sad irons.

Many years ago Archaeologists in China unearthed remnants of what they believe were a sort of iron or stone apparatus that they pressed their clothes with. This ironing system dates back to the middle Ages. “Sadly” the SAD IRON wasn’t introduced to the rest of the known world until around the 12th century.

It was a godsend for some and a heavy, hot, hard job for others.

Sad irons were used in every household just to (LINK) IRON YOUR CLOTHES. That was their sole purpose. These heavy useful chunks of cast iron were placed on a wood stove or even on an open fire to get heated.

(They make for an interesting door stop).

When the iron reached the proper temperature, they were used to iron out your wrinkled clothing after washing. Sitting on a wood-stove  over a short period of time, the handles got so hot you had to wrap cloth around the handle just to hold on to the iron.

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First addition irons had a crude style handle. Then wire handles were attached that got hot but were a little more manageable.  It is hard to say when, but I would think very shortly after the first try at making sad irons, they started improving on them, “Starting with insulating those hot handles”.

Someone came up with new and improved irons that had removable handles or wooden insulated handles. Some irons, instead of setting them on the stove to heat up just had a compartment at the bottom of the iron to insert hot coals. This was good for twice the length of time before reheating.

And one iron on the stove for backup!

They also say, if you wanted your ironing done faster, most people in those days had 2 or 3 irons being heated at the same time. When one cooled down, a second one was a back-up, and when the second cooled, you had another one on the stove, one right after the other.

We’re talking about a simple household item that is still in use today and just for ironing your clothes.

These kitchen utensils as I said were a heavy, mostly cast iron made chunk of metal and their sole purpose was to iron your clothes.  They are called “Sad Irons” but some people just called them “Flat Irons”. They were designed to be smooth on the bottom and pointed on one end to go around buttons and some sad irons were pointed on both ends (so you could iron in both directions if it so pleased you)

It was also said if you wanted to get your job done faster, iron your clothes from the inside out, so your iron didn’t get caught up in and around the buttons sticking out. “Just a little information in case you want to give your new flat iron a test run”.

∞ ∞ In a late-1800s advertisement for new, detachable-handle irons shows a woman flinging her Hot handled sad iron to the floor as she shouts, “Barbaric relic. I DISCARD THEE” ∞ ∞

First addition irons had a crude style handle. Then wire handles that got very hot were a little better and over short periods of time, someone came up with new and improved irons that had removable handles or wooden insulated handles.

Just think, pointed at both ends so you can get more done and coals to keep the iron hotter longer. Life is good eh! Talking about efficiency!

  (LINK) –  SAD IRON in Old English means, [ Solid Heavy ]

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The weight of these Sad Irons ranged from 1 LB to 11 LB (A small bag of potatoes is 10 lb)  and the estimated price today could range between $30 and $90. Rare Sad Irons could be in the thousands of dollars. Just to give you an idea of the value!

The least you should know about Sad Irons

Plain cast iron

Stove pipe irons

Charcoal irons

Asbestos Sad Irons

Top Hat Iron

Rolling Hand Flouter

Sleeve Iron

AND MANY MORE STYLES not mentioned.

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If you are starting to get the itch to collect Sad Irons as your new found hobby, you can purchase these old pieces of sad history at most antique shops, garage sales, etc. You can always find them at flea markets and even the most unsuspecting places, like car swap meets.

They come in every weight, style, and even small toy ones for the little girls in the family. Through the clothes iron history, they changed or had different styles and options. There were just plain heavy cast iron ones, there are gas operated ones to keep the iron hotter longer, there were bottom charcoal loaded irons, etc.

An “electric flatiron” was invented by a US inventor called Henry W. Seeley and patented  on June 6, 1882. It weighed almost 15 pounds and they took a very long time to heat. But many rural places (hard to believe) still did not have hydro up till the 1950s.

I’m downplaying the roll that these sad irons took in our history. They where a much needed item like the silverware on your table. As I described these sad irons to be heavy pieces of cast iron, some were quite elaborate looking and far from being primitive. Some almost have a mystique look about them.

Today these heavy pieces of cast iron are a good add on to your collection of worthy items. These old Sad Irons are still a very collectable item and have quite a following.

Familiarize yourself on what they all look like. Search Google “Antique Sad Iron” for an interesting read and also search Google Images on Sad Irons. Eh!

Pinterest has a good collection of Sad Iron Pictures.

I hope you found this article useful and it is for entertainment purpose only, but if you think you’re not a collector, you thought wrong. Everyone is a collector of something. You just don’t think you are.

If you have any more than three items the same, “YOU ARE CONSIDERED A COLLECTOR

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