Sunday, January 27, 2008

Vintage Saalfield 22 ACTIVITY BOOKS in Orig Box 1953!

Vintage Saalfield 22 ACTIVITY BOOKS in Orig Box 1953! - eBay (item 310018339884 end time Feb-03-08 18:42:38 PST)

This vintage box of Saalfield Activity Books holds a complete set of twenty books plus two duplicates. The art is utterly charming and each book is marked, "Copyright MCMLIII, The Saalfield Pub. Co., Akron Ohio, Made in U.S.A." and "Mager" who was likely the artist. So this box of books was produced in 1953.

The lid says, "20 Activity Books, 6 to 10 Years, Coloring, Games, Dots, Mazes, Things to Make, Hidden Pictures, Quizzes, Stencils, Cut-outs. Saalfield." And there's a seal: "Commended by the Consumer Service Bureau of Parents' Magazine as Advertised Therein."

I thought the books were new and untouched, but as I opened pages at random for photographing, I hit a page with handwriting. Close examination reveals twelve are untouched, ten have been worked in. Nine are fully worked. One is half worked. Most of it is pencil, some is crayon.

A few pages in one of the two "Connect the Lines" books may have been ironed to make a transfer, as the ink bleeds through the page, showing the art of both sides at once.

12 Untouched Titles:
  • Little Zebra and His Pals, Pictures to Color (2 copies, one minty, one with indentations in the cover)
  • Connect the Lines
  • How to Draw
  • Flower Book, Connect the Lines
  • Cut and Color on the Farm
  • Let's Draw
  • Things to Make
  • Stencil Play
  • Crayon Fun
  • Let's Color
  • Easy Things to Do
10 Marked Titles:
  • Connect the Lines (all pages lightly penciled, several ironed pages)
  • Find the Hidden Pictures (blue colored pencil check marks)
  • Easy Dot to Dot Pictures (all pages lightly penciled)
  • The Dot to Dot Zoo (all pages lightly penciled)
  • Dots (all pages have crayon line)
  • Mazes (all pages have crayon line)
  • Games and Puzzles (half the pages have colored pencil or crayon marks)
  • Follow the Dots (all pages lightly penciled)
  • Big Quiz (all pages have crayon marks)
  • Lots to Do (most pages have crayon marks)
The box is solid. The books are all very nice, even the ones worked in. None of them have been done in ink, just pencil and some crayon. My artist husband recently discovered that crayon can be erased with care. He makes it look easy. I never tried.

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Old MULTIPOST STAMP AFFIXER Pat. 1911 w/ Key, Counter!

Old MULTIPOST STAMP AFFIXER Pat. 1911 w/ Key, Counter! - eBay (item 310018326097 end time Feb-03-08 17:49:48 PST)

This vintage stamp affixer is marked, "Multipost, Commercial Controls, Rochester 2, N.Y." The knob is marked, "Don't Strike, Push" and it's fun to push the knob down. The counter advances one click each time. Down by the keyhole is a list of six patent numbers with more pending.

Stamp affixers were invented to serve two purposes. First, they mechanized the process of affixing stamps to letters. Second, they made it more difficult for employees to steal stamps. This model was patented in 1911 and advertised from 1910 to 1940 according to the site listed below.

According to a vintage advertisement for a similar device, a Postamper, "One stroke of the plunger affixes the stamp and also counts it. A measured drop of water moistens the envelope and a rubber cushion presses the stamp to the moistened surface. Double lock safeguards your stamps. One for the cashier who puts in the stamps--the other for the operator, so that no stamps can be taken without his knowledge."

This affixer has one key which opens it to allow reloading. I don't see how to reset the counter. The black knob on the front turns, but doesn't do anything I can see.

The key is a bit fiddley to work, then springs the thing open like magic. Inside you can pull a spool out to insert a roll of stamps. There's another small piece that comes out. It might be a guide you slide the stamps behind. The counter device is out of sight and I don't see how the stamps were moistened.

For more information and other photos of vintage stamp affixers, visit

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Vintage SINGER MANUAL Model 1022, 1021 Sewing Machine

Vintage SINGER MANUAL Model 1022, 1021 Sewing Machine - eBay (item 310018200379 end time Feb-26-08 10:06:26 PST)

This vintage manual is marked, "Instruction Manual and Accessories, Full Zig-Zag Sewing Machine, Free-arm Model 1022 or Flat-bed Model 1021 Singer." It was a good model machine I used for years as a professional tailor. There are likely more of them out there ready to give you good service.

  • Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine
    • Principal Parts--And What They Do
    • Accessories--And When to Use Them
  • Getting Ready to Sew
    • Preliminary Steps
    • Choosing Needle and Thread
    • Threading Your Sewing Machine
  • Straight Stitching
    • Adjusting Selectors
    • Sewing a Seam
  • Zick-Zack Stitching
    • Satin Stitching
  • Twin-Needle Stitching
    • Preparation
    • Threading the Needle
  • Buttons and Buttonholes
    • Buttons
    • Buttonholes
  • Sewing the Professional way
    • Lingerie, Seam finishes
    • Hints on Sewing Special Fabrics
    • Construction Details
    • Applique, Attaching elastic
    • Free Arm Sewing
    • Keeping Up Appearances
  • Caring for Your Machine
    • Cleaning the Machine
    • Removing Bobbin Case, Face Plate and Bulb
    • Performance Checklist
The booklet has minor crinkles and age discoloration after all these years. The machine may have been new in the seventies or eighties. I'm guessing the age from the fashion illustrations on a couple pages. (Yes, I had the machine myself, but when I can't say. I got it used. I can sew quite well, but track time? Forget it.)

Do you have this Singer sewing machine? Here's the book for it.

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