Oh, it's always about the stuff

Category: What on Earth!?

Enjoy this collection of very, very random things.

Like this tourist guide to the Tokyo Olympics in 1940 which were NEVER HELD!!! A very strange relic indeed. (Click to make any image larger.)

John Marshall Law School Quarterly circa 1941 (we entered into WWII close behind...)

An embroidered pillowcase...

A painted "Farmhouse" plate...from Sterling Vitrified China in East Liverpool, Ohio. Most restaurant ware was meant to advertise the specific restaurant it was from...but I can't figure this one out...can you? The backstamp says "A-4".

A "Hollywood" film splicer (the good kind...the kind you have to use on a physical piece of FILM!)

Tiki Salad Bowl Servers...

And a map of the Suez Canal.

I can't always explain the museum...I just live in it and dust it.

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I have that same set of salad bowl servers. Ours are about 16 in. long. We have them hanging on the wall. They are to large to use...POPS"30"

Ok... this has nothing to do with your "stuff" post (the stuff IS pretty cool, though), but I have been frantically looking around your site for any posts about your knob and tube wiring. I'm a little flustered, though, so maybe not thinking straight. (You did some posts on that, right?) Because, you see, last night my husband discovered that the knob and tube in our house that we thought was a charming reminder of how our house used to work and wanted to leave as a "momento" is actually working. Yes, our house is actually being run by knob and tube right now, as we speak. This freaked my husband out! As it would probably anyone - but did I mention that he's an electrical lineman (and also qualified to do electrical work in houses)?! Then he informed me that even with him doing the work (i.e. free labor) the materials alone will cost a couple thousand dollars (which, by the way, is not in our budget because, like you, we are doing another million projects right now). Then I freaked out. So, I couldn't remember if you'd had to deal with working knob and tube or not, and if you had, what did you do? But mostly, because my husband is so freaked, I need someone experienced to tell me this will be ok (and maybe tell my husband, too - he was very disenchanted with our old house last night, and believe it or not, this hurt MY feelings!)AACCHHH!


Our 1910 house in Washington State is still partially run on knob and tube wiring. Our quote was $5-6k to replace it all and rewire the house. Of course, that included the labor.

The man who inspected our house said he was obligated to tell us that it should be replaced, but then "off the record" said "But, you know, it's been running fine for the last 90 years, and it is probably fine now... but you didn't hear it from me."

So, I live in peace knowing that until we have the $5k to replace the wiring, we'll be fine.

Doubt that will help your dh, but maybe it will help you.


We have knob+tube. We're about 1/2 rewired and the parts have only cost at most a few hundred dollars (not including the box upgrade).

With regard to labor, all of our walls are torn out so the work is much easier and faster. We had the downstairs roughed-in in 1 day. Having to fish everything through walls and then fix any holes would add a lot to the difficulty of the work. We've bartered for the install labor, so I dunno what that would cost.


Deep, deep breath. We didn't have knob and tube, we had old romex that needed to be replaced because it had not been run correctly (and the raccoons had eaten through some of it.) I did some research and came up with this FAQ regarding knob & tube. On our home page, there are links to the American Bungalow Magazine forum and Old House Web as well. There are folks on both forums who still have knob and tube. Definitely hook in with them before you make your plans.

Take good care--


Thankyou everyone for your sound advice. After my husband talked to some coworkers and we did some research (care of JM) we are not as freaked and have a plan in action. It will take a long time (we DO have to fish it through the walls - they are 80 year old intact plaster, and I am NOT destroying them) but, on a "good" note, our house is of balloon architechture, so it should be easier to fish the wiring through than in a better constructed house (hee hee :) And, you know what? You're right, Lisa - that was my initial reaction - my house IS 80 years old and it has made it this long without a single fire or electrical problem, darnit!

Hey J...your Sterling plate is from 1956. A-4 is the date stamp. It's actually pretty common for restaurant ware not to have a restaurant name on it, since the same styles were sold to lots of different restaurants.

Sterling China is still in business, by the way, though it's having some pretty hard times these days. It's been around in some form or another since 1902...one of the great East Liverpool potteries, along with Hall and Homer Laughlin.


I am always AMAZED at how much you know about this stuff!


p.s. How's the new puppy? :)

I don't really know much about anything, but I do know where to look. In the case of the Sterling plate, I guessed that the A-4 was a date stamp, then I googled Sterling China Date and found a collector's site with date stamp charts for all the old restaurantware makers. Taadaa!

As far as the history of East Liverpool potteries, I grew up in that area, so I've always been interested.

The real expert around here is Ken, who knows an amazing amount about arts and crafts furniture and pottery. He's my walking, talking reference book, and 75% of the time, he's the reason I sound so smart!

And Scout is doing fine---she says "hey" to Coco.


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