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hushnel
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Sep 17th, 2017 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My sewing machine acquisition has focused on older 19th and 20th century machines, mostly Singer but a few others have creeped into the collection. I pick up older electric machines from the 20s to the late 40s but recently most of them are threadle and hand crank machines from as early as 1870. I've been quilting with these and makeing quilted zipper purses as practice. I'm getting pretty good, the last few I would I consider almost perfect.

I'm thinking of making quilted fitted gig bag, just because I can.

Another old machine I pull out once in a while, and keep my eyes open for, are typewriters. I have a 1936 Smith Corona that is about a 9 out of 10, 10 being like NOS. I haven't dived into the repair of typewriters like I have with the sewing machines, but if I can get a good deal on one not working I may try my hand at that.

These two machine are excellent examples of construction and technology that has outlived it's usefulness, though not function. They were designed and built to last.

Starting around the 60s planned obsolescence ramped up and replaced traditional ideas of design to a few years of service and an internity as landfill.

Cheap is king today, in 1936 the Singer 201 would cost the equivalent of what an economic auto costs today. The cost difference between making the families clothing and buying it off the shelf would be equivalent to driving your own car or being chauffeurd from place to place.

One of the functions I would like to see in modern design is easy and intuitive recycling, since very few things made today are designed to last more than a couple of years. Even the simple design of scissors are made to fail, with decent steel blades but cheap plastic finger pieces, at least we still have the options of purchasing good scissors. Most of mine are purchased at thrift and antique stores. I bring them home and redress the edges, they are usually not cheap but are superior to most of what is available today.

You can buy a T shirt for less that the fabric costs, how is that sustainable in the long run?

From everyone knowing how clothing is made to no one knowing is only a couple of generations. I can go from seed to shirt and today that's considered crazy "o)

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If there's not an app for that, we're lost...

Taildragger
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Sep 17th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

•rotary-dial telephone

•push lawnmower

•hand-crank drill

•jack plane

•Yankee screwdriver

•manual rip and cross-cut hand saws

•spinning wheel

•tuning fork

•pitch pipe

•clothes wringer

Taildragger
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Sep 17th, 2017 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

•washboard (except for old-timey music)

•blow torch

•bumper jack



Chris Greene
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Here are two old technology items I have. I don't use the Woodstock typewriter anymore but I have a number of cards for the old stereoscope.

Also in my profile are a couple old tube radios we use on occasion.

No old sewing machines though.

Taildragger
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Sep 17th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

•VCR

•8-track car stereo

•cassette recorder

•hand-crank egg beater





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Sep 17th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The simpler the design the more durable the technology

I’m on a binge today, sitting around after the Irma scare in a Florida Cracker Home originally built in 1886, surrounded by looms, spinning wheels other archaic devices, my mind often drifts to simpler times.

Function is king, the simpler the design, the fewer the parts, the longer the items relevance. This is the characteristic of many tools. Take for instance the knife and screwdriver. I’ve made both. A seriously simple tool that anyone can make, all you need is a hammer and a file. Nails are pretty cool too, the forge is another great tool for backyard manufacturing, saws are a bit harder to produce but a good one is all you need to accomplish many tasks.

At 65 years of age thinking back 100 years doesn’t seem all that long ago. I believe their are major differences in the way we use our minds from those days to present times. I imagine 100 years ago, a smaller percentage of time was spent on entertainment, and most of that would have been reading. Today, particularly among the young the access to On-Demand video and internet can fill hours and hours of thoughtless entertainment.

I heard of a woman pointing out that generally men are lazy creatures, that most of the time we are thinking of ways to make the task easier, simpler design, less wasted effort, the wheel. She said women are more focused on getting the task accomplished and teaching the children what they will need to know to keep the social heritage and culture of society safe, alive and well. She added, if it was all up to women we would probably still be living in caves.

Taildragger
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Sep 17th, 2017 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

•car...

...cooler:

hushnel
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Sep 17th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of my favorite.

The kitchen tractor

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Ya know there Boss, Stereo Photography is pretty big HOBBY....

jus sayin'

z

Stereoscopy

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Godzilla the Thread Killa
Sep 17th, 2017 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The house telephone.

hushnel
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Sep 17th, 2017 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That Woodstock is cool. The font of the old typewriters is really a nostalgic look. I down loaded an old typewriter font I use on the MacBook.

I remember taking a typing class at H.H.Arnold Highschool in Wiesbaden Germany. I even had a job for a short time as a clerk typeest at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville. I can type fine but my brain will mix up letters from time to time. That class stuck with me, I can still type fairly well, except on the phone or smaller keyboards where the technique I was taught isn't applicable.



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Sep 17th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

People of our age grew up using these old typewriters. I took a high school typing class in 1966 and used an old Royal portable my dad gave my until my last half of college when my granddad bought me a Smith Corona electric.

I also remember taking a slide rule class early in my college days (1969-70?).

hushnel
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Sep 17th, 2017 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I attended the University of Pittsburgh most of our papers were required to be typed. I had to use the machines at the library. I would have really like a small portable at the time.

Taildragger
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Sep 17th, 2017 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some other artifacts from the typewriter days:

•"erasable paper and "ink erasers" (with the little brush on the end)

•"correction tape"

•white-out

I took "touch typing" one year in junior high summer school. We used this massive, probably-WWII-vintage, Underwood machines and typed in cadence to a phonograph record. "Ready...BEGIN!"

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Sep 17th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pencil and paper instead of calculators.

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Sep 17th, 2017 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are View-Masters still a thing?

littleuch
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Sep 17th, 2017 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Microfiche.

Wow, did I just have a flashback to my early service days.

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"Are View-Masters still a thing?"

VR glasses are.

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