Subsequent research revealed it to be a Stewart-Warner "Porto Baradio" from around 1942. It is what it appears to be: a portable bar with a built-in radio. Further research found that this particular piece does not have any of the original glassware, and that the warped speaker grill/radio dial was common for these models. Listed price at the estate sale was $90, but it was 20% off for the second day of the sale, or $72. If it lasted to the next day, it may have been half off.
Monday, January 22, 2018
When the ice and snow finally melted away this weekend, I was able to drop by an estate sale or two, and I saw this intriguing item. Being accompanied by my apprentice (Benjamin, age 5), who required some supervision, I was unable to do any research on it at the sale. Other than being a bar with a built-in radio, and having a definite 1940's look, I had no information.
Friday, January 19, 2018
The reasons posts have been a bit scarce recently is because Memphis and the Mid-South experienced some winter weather over the past week. While we were not reduced to dogsleds and curing caribou meat, the winter wonderland did disrupt school, work and other schedules sufficiently to prevent me from posting anything. We will be back to more typical winter weather next week, and posts should return to a more regular schedule.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
As Boing Boing noted in this post, before robots did the work, machine parts used to be made by people. This 1936 film shows workers machining precision components. If you are a fan of industrial machinery, you should get a kick out of this film.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Boing Boing pointed me to this video about a British Monopoly game made during World War II. As proof of how supply shortages affected almost every aspect of daily life, this set had no dice, no metal trinkets, low quality cards, and even an apology from the manufacturer for such sacrifices due to the war effort. The video provides a nice little explanation of why such sacrifices were necessary, and how people adapted, as well as a story about how British intelligence used such games to help POWs escape.