Match Box

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two wall match holders

Two wall mounted match Holders

Vintage Match Stick Holder or collecting Match Boxes  is one of those upcoming fads for new collectors. As in a reference book,(address at the bottom)  there are something like 4000 different varieties of match holders of sorts.

Match holders have always been around. they are sitting there,  all by themselves, lonely on some old shelf at your friendly antique shop or flea market.  Hell, you will even find them at any Good Will or used clothing outlet.

match safe

gas filled lighter and a match holder

We have all seen them, but paid little or no attention to them.  Then when you spot one, you say to yourself “WHAT IS THAT THING?” They are small, don’t take up a lot of room, and they’re different. Some look like an old fluid style Zippo lighter but without the lighter inside. “Someone stole the lighter” and left the case! No, now they call it a match box/holder. They would even make a good conversation piece!

Match Boxes are just fun to collect and could be a lucrative hobby.

What is a Match Holder you say?  WELL let me tell you. First you have to understand their purpose and their use. First off, here is some pictures. Now you’re going to say,  “yeah”  I’ve seen hundreds” and yes, you have. They are overlooked by most of  the general public. These little match holders, which some just call match safes, were made to store friction matches. (ordinary match sticks)

The match revolutionized the way people started fires in the mid 18oos

We all have read stories of inventions that changed the world, but you will not find matches on that list.  You should have! Penicillin changed the lives “saved lives” as we knew it and I hate to say it, the silly old simple match stick/holders should be at least in the top 10, “Somewhere”.

In and around the year 1830 a chemist named John Walker from England mistakenly invented the match tip or matches. Hard to believe but in the earlier days before the match and match holders, you basically had to rub two sticks together, or just keep the fire burning.

The silliest part of the match stick story is the match holder was not debued until the 1850s, 20 years later.

But the invention of a silly friction match did change the way we lived. And having said all that,three figurine match holders people needed someplace to safely store their matches. Sure when you buy them they come in small cardboard boxes, and in most part that’s all you needed. Some people would just throw a couple of match sticks in their pocket and when needed, they just pulled them out, struck it on something abrasive and you’re in business.

The ingredient of the match stick was so flammable in their first stages of invention, they would just light up from the friction of movement in your pocket. They were very unpredictable at best and probably, burnt more houses down from premature combustion.

Which brings us up to the MATCH HOLDERS.

To clarify what the difference is, match box or a match safe, I would like to think of as a match box, just an open container that you put your matches in.

Maybe a match holder with a lid (simple right) I would also consider a match safe as being a closed container of sorts, as per pictures. And that would make more sense around an open flame, or wood stoves.

To throw another curve, England sometimes called match holders, match boxes and match safes, “Vesta Boxes”   Only the English language can have 4 completely different words, meaning the same thing.

“England uses proper English” so we’re all pronouncing match boxes, “WRONG”. . . Eh!

MATCH BOX . . . MATCH SAFE . . . VESTA BOX . . . MATCH HOLDERS

Now we know that the match box was made for the storage of flammable match sticks. Just to store your matches safely! A common place most people kept their match sticks was near the old wood stove,  for easy access to start the fire. So on its own, match boxes were a welcoming invention.

Match holders come in a variety of styles to choose from. There are ceramic ones, just ordinary stamped tin ones and there are fancy decorative ones for the rich and famous. My all time favorites are just the old rustic looking cast iron ones. They had a small pocket on the one side for your matches and would hold 10 or so matches.

NOT  a lot of information out there.

Sorry to say, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on match boxes, but these feverish, die hard collectors they know what they’re looking for.  You should be learning, research more and help these serious collectors out. Hunt them down, There out there or maybe just for save them for yourself. Eh

Hope I helped you out some.

I hope I helped you, armed you with a little information on, as the English would say. . . “Vesta Boxes” “MATCH BOXES to the  ORDINARY GUY” So next time you’re at one of these used antique shops, look down on the selves, look up, they’re there, just waiting for you.  Eh!

Just remember, this would be an excellent hobby to start and in most cases, like any collecting “IT’S THE FUN OF THE HUNT!”   Eh!

Note, People use –

Vintage Decorative Match Holders for, “Toothpicks”

Please check out more fascinating stories and history of Match Holders. I recommend this excellent reference book with hundreds of images,  “Match Holders by Denis B Alsford” 

Reference ∞ 

◊   https://www.schifferbooks.com/search/results.html?search_in_description=1&search-option=&keyword=DENIS+B+ALSFORD&x=0&y=0

  https://www.collectorsweekly.com/tobacciana/match-holders

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Cast Iron Collectables

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Comparing good and bad casting

Comparing Good and Bad Casting

 

BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT’s OLD?  

In order to understand the difference between an older piece of cast iron and a newer piece (reproduction), you have to somewhat understand what cast iron is and how it’s made. Especially cast iron Collectables and antiques.

Very general rules

In the olden, golden days talented wood craftsmen would have carved out the perfect shape of a item with fine detailing and then heated up molted metal to around 2000 decrease (give or take) and pour it into the mold. When cooled the two or more parts of the mold are separated and wa-la, the shape of whatever you designed is made. Most wood molds are generally only used once due to the heat.

Cast or casting is generally referring to a mold. People that do ceramics in most part use molds and they blow hot glass into it to get it’s shape and what it’s going to look like is determined by the shape of the mold.

Cast iron is the same

Now having said that, cost effective reusable molds would be made of sand and water Solutions, which are referred to as “SAND MOLDS” They’re more widely used especially on smaller items, such as toys, banks etc.

THE FINER THE SAND THE FINER, SMOOTHER AND DETAILED THE ITEM WILL BE. THE COARSER THE SAND,AND ROUGHER TO THE TOUCH, THE DETAIL AND QUALITY WOULD BE GONE,  “you get the idea”.

I never understood this part of today’s technology. By far our way of casting exceeds the casting from 50 or 200 years back. But the cast iron parts made today are coarser to the touch, crudely made, and in most part, in my thinking, not really attractive looking. In other words, they’re cheaply machine made, especially on reproduction antique and collectable Parts.

Cast Iron Collectables

So if we’re talking old cast iron money banks, cast iron door stops, door hammers, even cast iron toys, frying pans anything that has been molded, check the surface for fine or rough texture.

When I’m referring to casting, once you make that mold, you could theoretically pour molted aluminum instead of iron. That would make it cast aluminum. Many everyday items are cast aluminum.

If you look at any bottle, (pop bottle to beer bottle) look at the side from the bottom to the top, see and feel the 2 lines, one on each side of the bottle. That’s from where the two half’s of the mold met and separated to make the bottle.

That’s one way of telling how old the bottle is, but that’s a different subject all together.

There are many things that are made from molds. Fiberglass boats and cars parts, to name a few, are made from molds. So that technology is widely used today.

BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CAST IRON. Eh!

By the way, iron is a very cheap “metal” by-product of steel.

Seven fast ways I check the age of cast iron.

  • Check the smoothness of the piece.

    POOR CAST IRON REPRODUCTION bank

    REPRODUCTION ROUGH CAST IRON

  • Check how parts fit together, tight with very little to no gaps, that’s a  good thing. Remember craftsmanship, real people assembled these pieces not machines.
  • Check inside of the part. Sometimes the casting is reasonably smooth on the outside but very coarse on the inside. That would be a red flag.
  • Check the quality of paint. In most cases, depending on the manufacturer, they dip the items in paint, which makes the paint thicker. Today items are sprayed on with very low quality paint and thickness.
  • 100 year old paint would in most part still look like last week’s paint job.
  • Check the screw or screws holding the sections/parts together. Older items before and around the industrial evolution were slotted screw heads, and, don’t get me wrong
    Slotted Screw HEAD on old cast iron banks

    WHAT A SLOTTED SCREW LOOKS LIKE IN AN ANTIQUE

    (that’s not saying the screw was not changed), but it does devalue the piece no less and could just throw you off from thinking it’s not an original.

  • They say compare the size of the part to a known authentic WHAT EVER. The reproduction one would be a different size than the original. There are some reference books that will give you measurements and  that’s only if you’re really concerned or paying large dollars for the item.

Once you get used to a few simple tricks, you might have a better understanding what to look for. There are more good reproductions of cast iron parts out there than the old authentic ones.  But you will at least  be armed with a few general things to look for.

Note.

By the way, small cast iron items such as banks, toy figurine, kitchen ware, skillets, anything small are good sellers, or on the other hand, just good collector items. Just remember, collecting cast iron “anything”, doesn’t take up a lot of room.

I’m not an expert by any means, This is just a simple guide on how I check, “anything cast iron”. Do your research, and learn more

Please check out my post on Collecting Space Age Toys.

Collecting Space Age Memorabellia.

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Pardon me

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Guilty-Bad Ass-Pardon Cartoon

Pardon me! I wish it was that simple but what if I wanted a real pardon to remove my past dirty deeds? How would I go about getting a pardon? Do you even know what a pardon is? Wikipedia says, “A pardon is a government decision to allow a person to be absolved of guilt for an alleged crime or other legal offense”

This post as per cartoon was to make fun of US President Trump.

 “I WILL JUST, PARDON MYSELF”

“Talk about being above the law”!  He just sends a bad message of the democratic system and totally makes a mockery of all hard working Americans that believe in equal rights.

My plan was to make fun of the US President and the PARDON issue, but the pardon topic took a different direction on its own.

This is a very important topic with many people and these people take the pardon issue quite seriously. Listening to the American president make light of the pardon issue is disheartening to them, as well as to myself, and I don’t need one. Eh!

There is a Canadian FUN Connection

∞∞ So the “PARDON ME” term probably originated in Canada.

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As you’re going through heavily congested malls, you are rubbing shoulders with anybody and everybody. The first thing that comes out of a Canadian’s mouth is pardon me . . .  pardon me, … No, “PARDON ME”  Eh! ∞∞

But this is not a laughing matter. What if a lot of people are very serious about a “REAL PARDON”, you know the one your government gives you when you/they think that you should be exonerated from your shady past.

Pardon Me

So, as President Trump is handing out pardons like they were traffic tickets, he is saving the last for himself. You are just a normal working person/Schmoe, ( Al Capone used that term)  it just means, you have to go through the proper channels.

Depending on the severity of your past crimes, you might have to wait 5 to 10 years and that’s after you paid your debt to society. So you really have to plan ahead and make sure you do it. This information came right out of a Canadian Law website and maybe its a US law site also.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE BASICS:

FIRST OFF- do you really want a pardon, do you even need one.

SECOND- Do you know how to go about getting a pardon?

Most people with a shady past couldn’t care less about a pardon, not worth the effort. Not unless I can get a Donald Trump pass, I’m not interested.

Other people would like a clean slate. They paid their debt to society. It was part of the past and would like to leave it there. It’s history and gone like it never happened.

It’s hard to look into the future but if you could, you would say. “A pardon in a small way, is part of the healing process from your gloomy past”. And looking into the future, you don’t want your dirty deeds stopping you from fulfilling your hopes, dreams, love and relationships, all the good things in life.

My question would be,

On a job application with your pardon firmly in place, when filling out the application form for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police position, you get asked,” do you or have you ever had a criminal record?”

Would you answer yes or no to that question?

No, would mean that if an institution dug deep enough and they did dig up something of your past they would now accuse you of falsifying a legal document. Then you’re in deep do-do.  If you say yes, way way back before the caveman, and yes I have paid my debt and have been totally exonerated of my past dirty deeds.

Could they still hold that against you? Could you still get a high paying government job? With a past or current criminal record even with a pardon, you could still be limited to certain jobs?

Government jobs as an MP, PRIME MINISTER OR PRESIDENT of U.S.A or child welfare would be totally out. (I think?) There are many high profile positions  that companies or government agencies would do a thorough back ground and security check on you. By having a pardon you will eliminate most of your problem.

That’s a question you would want to ask a Pardon Lawyer.

Did you also know, your criminal record is public domain?

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Do you have skeletons in your closet?

Did you know your criminal record is public domain, public information to anybody that wants or is interested in spending the fee to pull your file? And as the story goes, even with a pardon, and yes, now your record is squeaky clean and hidden from public scrutiny, someone, digging hard enough can still come up with your past dirty deeds. (depending on the severity of the crime)

And I’m sure some Politicians aren’t squeaky clean either. They too probably have skeletons in their closet. They just never told anyone.

How would I go about getting a pardon?

Here are a few web addresses that could help you be an honorary citizen again.

∞ INFORMATION WHAT A PARDON IS. ∞

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon

Information On, “Do Other Country Have Pardons “

https://ask.metafilter.com/133384/Do-other-countries-allow-the-Head-of-Government-to-pardon-people-convicted-of-crimes-the-way-the-USA-does

MERCY INFORMATION

https://www.canadianlegal.org/royal-prerogative-of-mercy-in-canada/

CANADIAN HELP CENTER

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=151&top=8

Most Powerful L Canadian Lawyer’s

https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/author/gail-j-cohen/the-top-25-most-influential-915/

7 JOBS YOU WILL NEVER GET?

https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/jobs-criminal-record.html/

Google, how to get on the Donald Trump’s pardons list, it would be a faster way to go.

JUST SAYING. Eh

∞ Short Pardon Story ∞

Many years back this nice looking lady came up to me at my work place. She introduces herself as a RCMP officer and that she was from the Canadian Government Pardons Office.

She spoke in a very soft voice; I never, ever suspected she was a law enforcement officer.The lady spoke like we were old time buddies. Through the conversation, she mentioned a friend of mine was applying for a pardon. This was one of the procedures our government  go through to see if the person in question deserves a pardon.

Laughing, I asked her which one of my “bad actor friends” was going for a clean slate.  The person on my list of friends, the least I would have ever suspected had the criminal record.

RCMP lady asked a few simple question like, “how long have you known this person, and on a personal level” “what did I think of him as a upstanding citizen.” Silly questions really, 20 minutes from start to finish of the questions, she was gone and he got his pardon shortly after.

I would like to think in a small way I helped him get his pardon. He turned out to be a Minister of a local Church and oversees many of the church projects. On Sundays, he always had interesting stories to tell his congregation.

Good Luck on your Pardon!

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DID YOU KNOW?

Canada’s Prime Minister is pardoning thousands for bad guys with drug related offenses do to the latest law change?

United States Presidents, pardon hundreds of people in their term in office, some Presidents, thousands.

“Do research on how to get on the list of Pardons?”

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Wearing motorcycle helmets “IS” the law in Canada?

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With and without motorcycle helmets

Question, is wearing motorcycle helmets the law in Canada?

. . . The answer to the Canada Helmet Law is yes! . . . IN MOST PART?   The law was, when riding your motorcycle on a public highway, helmets were mandatory and yes, even if you’re under the age of 18 and riding a tricycle, you had to again abide by the law. . . “Wear a helmet”

Wearing motorcycle helmets is the law in Canada?

The helmet law was implemented in Canada under the “Traffic Safety Act” in the early 60’s.  Dr. Eric Kung, a neurologist at Stamford Hospital specializing in head injuries. “Motorcycle accidents are the most common causes of traumatic brain injury,” and or death. Wearing  helmets when riding would drastically reduce the force of impact on the brain and skull.

Behind the scenes (which means they don’t talk about it), there is the extravagant cost load to the health care system due to such injuries, and they are considered preventable accidents. That’s two good reasons why Canada has (had) the helmet law.

As per article on Canada Helmet Law

Canada’s motorcycle helmet laws were easy to understand because they were fairly uniform across all 10 provinces and three territories: all operators and passengers on a motorcycle or motor-assisted bicycle must wear helmets at all times securely fastened under the chin. It is for our own health and welfare.

NATIONAL NEWS ON THE BIKE HELMET LAW

On listening to the national news, there was an article about the safety of wearing helmets and it led up to the story that some of the minority groups of our citizens are crying foul. They would like an exemption to the law, and the right not to wear helmets due to religious reasons, and it was,  just “discriminatory” besides.

The groups in question can (as the story goes) wear a helmet as long as their head was covered but they chose not to because of the inconvenience of taking the head gear on and off in a private setting. Inconvenience? Yes. “I understand”, but to change Canadian laws because it’s an “inconvenience” to the operator.?

UPDATE:

That helmet law has been challenged and changed in 3 provinces and now, challenged and supposedly going to be changed by our new government in Ontario. The Sikhs minority are “now” allowed to ride their motorcycles without a helmet in the provinces of-

British Columbia

Manitoba

Alberta

   ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS CHANGING THE LAW

If our new Ontario government grants this group an exemption, then the rest of cyclists in Ontario should also be exempt from wearing the helmets by choice rather than by law.

“The health and safety issue doesn’t seem to be a valid argument anymore”.

The law change is grossly unfair to all Canadian Cyclists that are forced into wearing the helmet when some citizens do not.

Now remember, the helmet law was introduced for our own safety

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I’d love to go for a ride with you, but I never get on one of those things “WITHOUT A HELMET”

(HEAD INJURIES) and of course, the cost of overloading the health care system, due to head injuries. What was not mentioned was that the cyclist insurance rates will probably go up because of fatalities or injuries due to not wearing your helmet.

∞∞ “If our government persists on changing laws to appease the selected few and not for all Canadian citizens as a whole, then “how” can they expect equality in this country from its people if they themselves do not set the “example”.  By, “NOT” treating all citizens equally, “Canada is”, part of the big problem” ∞∞

It is a choice to Ride or not to Ride and to abide by all rules and lawsCanadian flag of the road, set down for the safety of all citizens of Canada, not the select few.

“NOTE”

This article is NOT about majority, minority OR choice of religions. It’s not even about the helmet law, it’s about equality for all, and I think . . . “This is at the root of our problems”, OR WILL BE.

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Is Cannabis legal in Canada?

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Official Canadian Weed Logo

Yes to the question, Is Cannabis legal in Canada, or at least by the time of my posting it will be legal (Oct. 17). Some of the general public can hardly wait. Legalizing the pot industry will bring most of these smokers out of the closet, not like they need to be, they been doing it forever anyway. The people can just do it legally now.

The marijuana industry is gearing up, the stores are ready to open, the 115 or so pot producers in Canada are spending money like they already have it. They,  like our government are expecting a major economic win fall.

Morbid topic, but this is true no less.

Upstanding person as I am, do not partake in such activities. . . but, “Is it even safe to smoke?”  You know they banned cigarettes because scientifically it’s proven that it’s bad for your health, breathing in all those chemicals.  Their reasoning is sound, all the chemicals and the oils / nicotine from smoking cigarettes just clogged up the blood vessels in your lungs. If that happens then the oxygen supply to the brain or body has been reduced and will and can just create a lot of health problems.

SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

How many times have you heard that quotation?  “Smoking is bad for you” Now, this is coming from a person that knows virtually nothing about the body anatomy. But as an ordinary person, outside the box looking in, I still have to wonder if any research was done on the long term effects on smoking cannabis, pot. So you still have to see it at face value.

Is Cannabis OK to smoke?

Cannabis in most part gets smoked, inhaled, and still goes into your blood stream through your lungs. As a matter of fact, the same way as smoking cigarettes. It’s bad enough that you have to breathe polluted air, but the oils from the cannabis should surely work the same way over time as nicotine.

Just saying.   Could I be right?

Now, the new law has been passed in legalizing pot in Canada, and I’m totally amazed that articles on the health and welfare of smoking pot are few and far between.

But going back to my lung theory and the nicotine plugged blood vessels in your lungs, and now Cannabis plugging the arteries / blood vessels with Cannabis oil.

I don’t see a difference.

Doctors/physicians are staying relatively quiet on the issue of marijuana. The cancer society is not addressing any concerns of smoking pot, so I wonder, why do I see a difference? I’m far from being a medical  practitioner or an expert in the field. It just makes sense.

On a lighter note:

Our government made it law and by making it law, they put a lot of our citizens on a cloud without even lighting a match to a joint. Some people are ecstatically happy in most part with the new law. “Well maybe some and not all”.

The younger groups calls them,  doobies so,

I better get with the lingo, I’m assuming this pot will be around long after I’m gone, so I better get used to the talk, Eh!

Let’s see if I got this right.

MARIJUANA is the same as Cannabis which is the same as

Doobies

Weed

Joints

Marijuana sticks.

Pot

Big fatties

Hoolies

Reefers

Grass

Sticky Icky

My all time favorite,

 ∞ ” WACKIE-TOBACCIE”

And the list goes on?

If anybody can think of any other colorful names, please let me know. I want to be accurate.

“I mean, cool when I’m asking for some over the counter.”

“NOTE”

Our brothers to the south, better beware.

Marijuana smoke in Canada

Marijuana smoke in Canada

There will be one big cloud over Canada for a while, and it won’t be from a forest fire. It will be that fine Canadian aroma. Eh!

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Please check out my first posting on Canada Pot industry.

Is Canada Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

From the movie Cheech and Chong – Up in Smoke, MY all time favorite.

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Did you know that marijuana and hemp plants are closely related, like in the family of “WEED”…

Adding insult to injury, they make rope out of hemp/weed?

You’re probably saying “this Canadian is already on some bad stuff” eh! — WEED

Please,  check out my other post on legalizing marijuana in Canada

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Canadian Political Go Around

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political go around, BACK AND FORTH

Blogging about Canadian politics and elections always have been and always will be a never ending topic.  I call it a Canadian Political go around, back and forth between two parties. Yes, we have more than two parties in Canada, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the people of this country, mentally they can’t get past the two parties.

I dislike talking about mundane political drama, but there is always so much to write about!  A person is never lost for things to say or complain about, and in my case write about. But it’s one of the two most talked about, argued about topics, “Religions and Politics”. AND you really shouldn’t.

More arguments are made over Religion and Politics.

Our political go around environment in Canada is, four years of one party and they screw up, then, we vote them out. We then vote the other party in. When they do a terrible job, we vote them out, and in the end, vote the other party back in. Are we that stupid to think that their party and their way of thinking have changed since the last time?

Yeah, we are that stupid. So, I call it a “Political go around”  back and forth, back and forth.

In my view Canadian political parties can say what they want during election time, and they do, whatever they think you would like to hear.  In the end, when elected, they do exactly that. What they personally desire is, fulfill their childhood dream  maybe, maybe clean up a few vendettas along the way or maybe, it’s not their fault at all, it’s just called” HUMAN NATURE”.

Political scientists would have you think there is a right and a left in government. They really believe there is a distinction of the parties. One party will always defend human rights, one defends the abortion, and the other, the right to or the right not to. But I don’t see a distinction between parties anymore. All parties seem to change the rules as they go, fit the environment and maybe that’s a good thing, change with the times.

HAVING SAID THAT: who can we vote for?

It is our God given right in Canada to vote and elect a party or leader that we can trust and hopefully do a good job for our country and or our community. When elections come around we all must get off our FANNIES to do just that. “VOTE” We have to exercise that right that most countries do not have.

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Canada vote wisely

 BUT for WHO?

There is only one logical conclusion how to get the right party/candidate into office. It has nothing to do with gender equality or whether the person is male or female, black or white.  It’s not the party you vote for, it’s the person that you think will do the job they’re elected to do. Will that person do the best job possible, or will their ego get in the way, money or how about, old Vendettas. “now it’s payback time.”  Will all that baggage get in the way of the bigger picture? THEIR ELECTED JOB.

The political go around environment of today seems to say that I’m more right than wrong.

AS a CITIZEN of Canada, I have that right to vote and, I make sure that I exercise that right. With the World Wide Web you have no excuse not to do “major” research on the candidates of interest. Vote for the person that you think has a sound body and mind to give to the people what they were elected to do. Never mind the politician that pats the baby on the head or goes to the elementary school to show concerns for the people and parents on the high cost of bringing up your little ones. When they themselves are an only child in the family and they themselves have no children.

DO YOUR RESEARCH,

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Canadian Flag

Google your candidate of interest, do your research and ‘Vote” wisely.

Elections are coming up and after that …elections are coming up and after that……………You get the idea.

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Here is an interesting  “LONG” article on the political environment in Poland, there is some similarities, I’m glad I live in Canada

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Blackberry, Just Stay In touch

Evolution of cell phones

Evolution of cell phones

Blackberry Cell Phones had this slogan “Just Stay In touch”.

Blackberry Cell Phone

Blackberry 9900

What happened to the Blackberry Cell Phone you ask. Well a few years back this communication

devise was a trade name for a new revolutionary style cell phone. In its hay day Blackberry took the

world by storm. The company manufacturer was called Research in Motion (Rim for short) based out of Waterloo Ontario Canada.  I like to call the Waterloo region, “Silicon Valley” of the north. Most people just know the company name as just “Blackberry”

They were a revolutionary cell phone company that changed the communication industry as we knew it. Sure there was apple cell phones; there was GE cell phone, and  new upcoming cell phones, ETC. But in Blackberry’s day, they were the leaders and visionaries, the elite in the communication world.

Anybody that was a somebody had a Blackberry product.

What was so different you say well, first of all, you had to be there to experience this new technical marvel Their communication system was new, it was highly in-scripted, which was a must for Politicians, texting sensitive information. Blackberry even so much as had the HANDLE “NATO” secured.  I’m not overly sure what that means, but Rim did have the most secured system in the world. And I guess, that’s how the industry described them.

I understood they were originally designed for the CEO, CORPORATE ELITE and at one point in the life of the Blackberry it was every executives choice.  From lower management up to the CEO of big corporations, most were all given one of these Blackberry cell phones, just to stay in touch.

But the cell phones were so well received by the general public; and maybe in part because it had that nostalgia of owning a Blackberry. “You felt like a somebody” (What, you don’t have a Blackberry?)

Blackberry Cell Phones slogan was . . .  Just stay in touch

Queen Elizabeth 2nd, most US Presidents had one of these phones.  Movie stars, dignitaries from around the world couldn’t get enough of this easy and useful communication device. The U.S. White House, Parliament Hill in Canada was just buzzing with this engineering marvel, just to stay in touch.

It was small, it had internet service, 2 way communication, “e-mail me was the fad”, no more clunky laptops. Even pagers had only a one way of communication. “Your pager shows you have a message, NOW WHAT”, you still had to find a phone to retrieve your message. I think even in the early days of RIM, they even perfected the 2 way pagers?

Time is a wasting, let’s talk … anytime, text is good.

The dark times of 911 in New York City was chaotic to say the least and as the story goes, all the communication systems were down, all but one. The only phones that did work were, Made in Canada’s’ own Blackberry cell phones. During Hurricane Katrina, communications were down … Blackberry phones were still operating.

Communication is everything.

If the blackberry cell phones (Research in Motion) were popular before 911 or Hurricane Katrina they sure were popular after those horrible Days. Blackberry cell phones and their communication network proved themselves worthy to the world.

The popularity steadily climbed. The steady wealth of the company’s success was spread throughout the University City (Waterloo Ontario Canada), University departments got grants, Rim employees had cell phones given to them. They also had option to buy shares into the fast growing company. All Blackberry or Rim products were manufactured in house (Waterloo Ont.). Not out sourced to other countries,  everybody shared in Rims good fortune.

The dark side of the story is, behind the scenes,  some of US politicians really didn’t care much for the arrogant Canadian founders of Research in Motion.  Sure they were all hooked on the technology, but some were grumbling that they should be making their own, not pay a foreign country.

Looking outside the box, the American companies, some were described as “Patent Trolls” were always keeping Research in Motion “Blackberry” in court for infringements on, this or that. In 2005 a small town judge was going to ban Blackberry Communication networking from any dealing in the United States. Like … KICK them right out of the Country, and that was after 911. … Thank you very much.

I think the writing was on the wall at that point.

The US presidents had to give up their beloved Blackberry’s because FBI, Homeland security said the system was not secure enough. Of course THE UNTOLD PART OF THAT STORY Is, “there were two things wrong” …… the communications, no matter how secure was stored in a foreign country (Canada) and the second most important, THE CELL PHONES (ingenuity) was not made in UNITED STATES (homegrown)

CAN’T BLAME THEM FOR WANTING TO EMPLOY THEIR OWN.

Eventually other phone companies supposedly caught up to Blackberries technology, and again supposedly surpassed it. Today’s company CEO, EXECUTIVES, all carry Apple I phones or other high end equivalent cell phones, and most likely all made in the USA. (Even the Canadians)

All just Rumors. …Eh!

9780 blackberry

9780 Blackberry Cell Phone

Some say the company winked too long and the technology passed them by. Made in Canada Blackberry, like all technology and especially in electronics, moves fast. What’s new today is history tomorrow. But at the time, Research in Motion was a new and exciting innovation; they were on the top of their game. Call me a diehard, but I still have my Blackberry Q10 cell phone and that, just replaced my Blackberry 9780 Bold

I heard this rumor Blackberry just launched a new and elite cell phone for 2018. So, they just might be coming back!

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Check out the Blackberry website, for maybe a RETURN?

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Blackberry made special addition phones for the CEO that had good taste and lots of money.

Porsche P8883

Porsche P8883

The cell phone supposedly (and I use that word like it was top secret) they had a little more memory, power, but the best part I liked, was the looks, GOLD PLATING, Diamond inlay and let’s not forget, UNIQUE TOUCH PAD LOOK.

You know the person owning one of these babies, never had to worry about making their mortgage payments.Canadian flag

 Made in Canada Eh!

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Changing Dynamics of Car Clubs

rat fink gear jamming cartoon

Rat Fink gear jamming cartoon

The changing dynamics of Car Clubs, I mean the clubs are just, different today. In the early days of hot rodding, joining a local Car Club and fixing up and repairing your old beater was the thing everybody did. And the term HOTROD was Swapping this part out for that and painting our old cars to make them “Hot looking … PURTY”

And “Rods” well, they are the internal parts of every gas engine. When modifying an engine for more HP, we sometimes change the rods. Then you end up with my version of a “Hot Rod”. And that’s my story. Eh!

But the ever-changing dynamics of Car Clubs is “different today”.

According to Wikipedia the returning soldiers after the war were the first to start up the Hot Rodding Story. And  I would agree, “That’s where and when it all began” California.USA.

We were all mechanically inclined people back then. If it was broken we had to find a way to fix it and we did. Most of us needed a place to do our tinkering so we banded together and formed “CAR CLUBS”.

Today the fad has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. If you go online, you would have no problem finding any reproduced parts for your classic car or hot rod. Fiberglass, steel, HELL, you can buy kits to do your own casting and for those hard to find parts, you can even buy kits to do your own chroming, etc.

∞ So yeah, It can be an expensive hobby. ∞

This post is more about the many Car Clubs that were started and flourished during those times and like today, most are still around. But in part, today’s car clubs although still focused on classic cars and the sorts, they do a lot of unpublished charity work, with very little or no credit. A lot of these car clubs hold dances, pig roasts; they have cheap wing night for the public, car shows etc. and all the proceeds/profits go to local charities.

Thousands of dollars are collected annually by these Car Clubs, “just for charity”.

However, the dynamics of Car Clubs have changed since the beginning of the Hot Rodding story. New members are hard to find. Their beliefs are that cars of today are more complicated, sophisticated, and to the average person, there too intimidating to work on. And maybe they should be intimidated, but they are still “repairable”

gear jammer cartoon

Camaro Drag Racing Cartoon

SO, my answer would be, MAN MADE IT, MAN CAN FIX IT. . .  “That’s my slogan!”

Some Colorful Car Club Names . . . Like

         ∞ Gear Jammer, Road Masters, Highwaymen, Shifters, Road Runners. ETC ∞

 

But as the years passed, the dynamics of car clubs have swung in a different direction and new members just want to work on their own vehicles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. They say, classic cars are far too expensive of a hobby for the average person. One of our club members is refering our club as a “social club” not a car club?

Could they or he be right?

ARE rebuilding classic cars and Hot Rods winding down?  Even though you can find all the parts known to man, car or beast, it still could be costly venture. The swap meets are a good example of how the trend might be slowing down. Every year the attendance seems to be falling, the decline of swap meet vendors is another telltale of future slowdown.

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Are the classic car enthusiasts winding down or are we all just getting older? Well some of us are getting older but, nobody is taking up the hobby. Car swap meets are fine examples of the past car eras, but it does take new blood to carry on the tradition, and that’s, getting harder to find.

rat rod at car show

rat rod at a car show

So, are the car clubs as we knew them slowly disappearing, yeah, maybe, but I think there will always be room for the younger generation, maybe a few of the new members can tinker on their own equipment and perhaps, learn a thing or two from the old members on Hot Rods.  Time will tell!

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Are Antique Picture Frames Highly Collectable

2 wealthy people in a old picture frameAre Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.

Years ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now  in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.

Look past the farmer and his wife.

But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife and just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.farmers in an old picture frame

If you collect any type of masterpiece, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor, or even oil painting and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.

Things to note on good old frames.

  • They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
  • The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
  • Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.

Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art, while others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.

Look at these frames through different eyes!

Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames.  While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.

But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which just looks hand carved.

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What do Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common?

So, you have to wonder what Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common? well, let me tell ya.

car newspaper

Old Auto Newspaper

We’re heading off to the local Hospital and I just remembered, I forgot something to read. So I picked up my  “Old Autos Newspaper”, yup, its a Classic Car day for reading. I parked my ride and we’re heading into the over-crowded waiting room. As we entered I noticed you could hear a pin drop. After scanning the room, these people certainly had other things on their minds.

I opened up the Old Auto Newspaper and you could almost hear the room come to life. I thought I was disturbing these folks with my rustling of the newspaper, so I looked up at all the people and apologized for making so much noise. Then I noticed they weren’t looking at me. It was my newspaper they were interested in!

Not me at all, It was my Newspaper they wanted.

The lady on my right woke up and said, “I used to own one of them” as she pointed to a picture of a 1952 Hudson 

1952 Hudson “and my brother” she says,” took two years to overhaul his 62 Corvette, just like …  that one in the picture.” The guy to my left said “I had one of the sports cars”

Oh yeah, she was a beauty.

I noticed the lady across from me tried to read the back side of the paper but I knew she had a rough time. At that point, reading the newspaper was the last thing on my mind. I just took out the swap meet section and laid the paper down amongst the others. For these people reading this paper had to be a little more refreshing than what you normally find in Hospitals. Eh

After laying down the paper it was immediately swept up by the lady across from me. A few minutes later she laid it down and it immediately got scooped up by someone else across the room.

I couldn’t help but notice all the interest these people had in my old paper. Taking a second look around, clearly, these folks had other things to worry about. I knew that these pictures of old classic cars were part of their past and certainly, much better times.

Momentarily, their troubles were gone.

I have to thank the publishers for this awesome car newspaper. I’m sure their intent of publishing this paper was not for a good read in a hospital, “but it was anyway”.

The gist of this story is this classic newspaper brings great informative information to the collector and auto enthusiasts.

But more importantly, even for a short period of time, the Old Autos Newspaper brought much-needed smiles and precious memories to those unfortunate people that had an uncertain future.

” The looks were Priceless”.

 In Memory of my Brother Jack (my swap meet partner)

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