Mars Pathfinder and Mars Polar Lander Microphone Lapel Pins

The Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars on July 4th, 1997. It was the first time scientists tried to land a craft on Mars and the experiments carried out by the Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner Rover paved the way for the current studies on the Red Planet. The Planetary Society sponsored the Mars Polar Lander Microphone in order to try to pickup whatever sounds might be occurring on Mars. As far as I know the microphone is still operating and comes on at various times in an attempt to gather those Martian sounds. These lapel pins were given to an employee at the Jet Propulsion Lab, in lovely Pasadena California.

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Fostex Cassette Tape

What is it that makes the Fostex cassette tape one of the great cassette tapes ever made? It has nothing to do with fidelity, response, or any of those fancy recording engineer phrases. No, the reason you can sell these in Japan for $50.00, is because of the way that they look.


If you look closely at this cassette tape you will notice that the reels that hold the actual tape are designed to look like old reel-to-reel tapes. They have the exact same look. So what happens when you find 6 cases at your local Goodwill store selling for $4.95 a case? You buy them all, thank someone, and then keep moving.


Weber Fly Box & Flies

I have to say I don’t know much about fishing and seem to have a congenital defect which renders meĀ unable to catch a fish. However, I do love these little flies and fake bugs they use to try to catch those smart fish. This box and most of the flies therein were made by Weber of Stevens Point Wisconsin, which was once the “Fly-Tackle Capital of America.”

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CB&Q Railroad Button

“The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or Q, the Burlington Route served a large area, including the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and New Mexico and Texas via subsidiary railroads. Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolisā€“Saint Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive trackage in the midwestern and mountain states, the railroad used the advertising slogans “Everywhere West”, “Way of the Zephyrs”, and “The Way West”. It merged with three other railroads to become the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1970.” (Information Courtesy of Wikipedia)

And this is a button from the uniform of someone who worked on the CB&Q at sometime in the past. These sort of uniform buttons went out with button shoes.

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Girl Scout Sash

My mother was a “Girl Scout” leader in our small town growing up. This meant I, and my brothers, had to do a lot of “Girl Scout” stuff. Well, we didn’t actually have to do the stuff, we just had to hang around and wait while my mom, my sisters, and half the girls in our small town, did “Girl Scout,” stuff. I don’t know what they did because the only thing that mattered to me was the yearly “Girl Scout” trip to Disneyland. I do not know who had this sash from the 1960’s but they were one busy little bee. There are even patches starting to go up the back of the sash. Well done!

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