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An Awesome Genealogical Connection!

18 July 2014 - 04:11 PM

As some of you know, researching my family genealogy is an important hobby of mine and can be a never-ending task. I'm a completest when it comes to my research and am always looking into uncles, aunts, and cousins as well as my direct ancestors, the grandparents. This past week I decided to look into a 4th great grand-aunt, Phillipina (Phoebe) Huntzinger, and her husband Joseph Hammer. I wasn't able to find a whole lot about Joseph but a Google search for Huntzinger and Hammer pointed towards a document that showed and confirmed they had a son, William Alexander Hammer; the document listed information on his military service during the Civil War as well as his lineage. Looking into William Alexander I found he was married twice and to his first marriage was born a son, William Joseph Hammer. When I looked into William Joseph the flood gates opened; as it turns out, William was an electrical engineer that worked for Thomas A. Edison...yes, THE Thomas Edison, as a laboratory assistant when Edison's lab was located in Menlo Park, NJ. He was one of Edison's primary assistants that helped in the development of the telephone, phonograph, electric lighting, electric railway, and other inventions. He was especially devoted to the development of the incandescent electric lamp...the light bulb. It didn't stop there; he was also interested in early aviation, becoming a leading member of early aeronautical societies and became friends with the Wright Brothers. Here are some pics of William J. Hammer with Wilbur Wright taken during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration held in New York, 1909.

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There's so much more to learn about him, I've only scratched the surface. Try Googling William J. Hammer and you'll see what I mean. As it turns out, his great-grandparents and my 5th great-grandparents, Johannes Jacob & Susanna D. (Koch) Huntzinger are one and the same. William is my 2nd cousin, 4X removed.

Recent Pyrotomic Disintegrator Auction

14 July 2014 - 11:13 PM

I was surprised the auction wasn't discussed after it closed; for the most part, a great box too.


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Mechanized Robot Spotted in Movie

30 June 2014 - 01:45 AM

I was watching the 1963 movie "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" this weekend with Glen Ford and a young Ron Howard' in one of Eddie's bedroom scenes near the middle of the movie you can see a Mechanized Robot on a dresser in the background as well as an Ideal Astro Base; there may have been other space toys as well.  I tried finding the scene on YouTube but had no luck.

New Space Gun Additions

30 June 2014 - 01:31 AM

Thanks to BigBang and Alessandro I've been able to add these two guns to my collection; both are great!


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Botstock Additions

09 June 2014 - 04:05 PM

I finally got around to cleaning up all of my Botstock finds and wanted to post a pic or two.  Here is what I brought home, excluding a few items I won in the raffle.  I think the space target (Rocket Launcher) is great and would love to know more about it; if you have pictures of other versions (ER&S), the packaging, or information on how this thing stood up, it would be appreciated.  The Linemar Space Man robot was an unexpected find at Renninger's although I found a few more condition issues when I cleaned him up on closer inspection.  The mechanism that drives his left leg is broken and one of the forks on his left foot had been repaired.  The foot repair looks old and was covered in lots of dirt.  It's funny how you don't see these kinds of things "in the field," and only find them once the thrill wears off.  Oh well, do you think he's still worth the $210 I paid for him?


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