This is what I will call my cham-pa-lang (sounds rude doesn’t it?) post, which to non-Singlish speakers just means that it’s a collection of random, unrelated items.
Well, they do have one thing in common, and that is they’re all really cool and unique!
First up, a sound-powered telephone. What is that you ask? I did a bit of digging (on Wiki), and it’s a phone that doesn’t need any power source. That explains why it has been used primarily on ships for normal and emergency communications for the past 60 years now. How cool is that?! This one is dated 1974.
A closer look at the make and model
Next up is a logo recognised the world over. Ours is super-sized to make it even more of a status-symbol.
You have seen the pattern countless of times, but do you recognise it here? We just love this Marie biscuit ‘stamp’ made from wood and brass, and I think most probably connected to a heat source to brand the pattern on your favourite childhood treat.
Hey look it's Marie!
Here’s a little detail you might not have noticed when it was part of a trishaw. I think it was a decorative piece that went below the passenger seat. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Anyway, it’ll make a nice frame for a mirror or opening on your wall.
Before label-makers became (almost) effortless, there were Dymo label- makers, which required a fair bit of wrist-work. You would load a spool of plasticky ribbon into the gadget and turn an alphabet wheel to ”punch” the letters one by one into the ribbon. Immensely satisfying yes, when you had applied enough strength to punch every single letter out evenly and clear, with no wastage due to typos =) This one is made of metal, not plastic.
Side view of Dymo
To use a terrible cliche – last but not least, these brass padlocks. They might have lost their keys but make really stylish vintage paperweights!
Vintage brass locks/ paperweights