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Tin Litho Space Gun...any Information?

16 August 2014 - 07:19 PM

Has anyone seen this version of the gun before, it's made in Japan and the first time I've seen this shape with the large windows at the front?  It'll be part of my collection when it arrives, any information?



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1950 - Chein Atomic Flash Gun

31 July 2014 - 01:12 AM

Supposedly taken from a 1950 Chein catalog page:



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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.