Vintage Keys

My father would always tell me that locks and keys were to keep honest people out. I have lived in NYC where you had to have a rhino in front of the door so folks would not enter but at some point in the past, a lock and key would have done the trick.

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“Peanuts” Birthday Plate, 1966

This is a pretty cool “Peanuts” Happy Birthday plate. This one is from 1966 and resides in my little brother’s massive “Peanuts” collection. There is so much “Peanuts” stuff out there I only buy vintage “Peanuts,” stuff these days.

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Mount Hood Oregon, RPPC

This real photo post card, RPPC, is of Mount Hood in Oregon. This one was taken a long time ago from the Wapanitia Highway, which is now called State Route 216.


Stock Certificate, Keystone Mines, Amador City California, May, 12, 1915

I can’t imagine there was much left in the Keystone Mines in Amador City in 1915. This is another possible example of “mining by assessment.” This was a simple premise wherein the folks allegedly working on the mines kept hitting their investors for more money while actually delivering little more than a “dry hole.” Lots of mining fortunes were made this way. Pretty certificate though.

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Matchbook Collection

Is there a place these days that gives matches to its customers, other than bars or liquor stores, when you buy or use cigarettes? Matchbooks once had a lot of information but they are now seemingly gone.

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The Voice of a Friend

I heard the voice of a friend the other day. One of the few people who met my late wife Ruth, and saw the wonderfulness of her, even if it was for only a short time. They told me that had suffered through cancer also and had beaten back the terrible disease. I was so happy to hear my friends voice that I forgot to shut up and just jabbered and jabbered.

So I am sending this one out to you my friend. I wish you health, life, and money, and the time to enjoy them all. 


Blue Book, San Fernando Valley College

San Fernando Valley State College is now called Cal State Northridge. I have seen some serious valley girls come out of this place and most are smart as a whip. A blonde tressed, looking in the mirror, smart as a whip girl, but you get what you get. After all, it is California.