Monday, March 25, 2024

Dad's Caddy

 Greetings Attic-ittes!

This week we have an item that my father found at an estate sale. You see, I came by my collecting bug honestly. My dad, Dr. Harold Powley, was a guru of navigating flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales. He had a knack for finding vintage golf equipment, and anything else that interested him and bringing it home.

Unfortunately, he passed away from Parkinson's in 2008. One of the items he had in his room at the assisted care facility was this Danbury Mint 1953 Cadillac. You see, he always loved Cadillacs (and actually owned one at the time he passed away). After he passed away, the 1953 model went to me. Let's take a look...

The 1953 Cadillac by Danbury Mint. This is a big, heavy model, being 1/16 scale.

A better look at the interior. Unfortunately I don't have the convertable roof. Dad probably never had it either.

The detailed engine...

The trunk with the missing spare tire. The carpet is fuzzy.

The dash is pretty detailed and the steering wheel turns the front wheels.

The detailed chassis.

Although I like this car, it's not something I would have picked up. The cars I buy are usually much smaller, lol! Still, I would never part with this one, of course. It reminds me of so many fun things about my dad, it really is a treasure!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, March 18, 2024

The Best of the Rest of the Haul

Well, last week I shared a bank that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. As interesting as that may have been, it wasn't the real reason I went to that sale. What was? Well, let's take a look, shall we?

This was the picture I saw online. Now 99% of the time such pictures have nothing really interesting in them, but I spotted a certain green, flowered object that got me excited! You see, I recognized a 1969 Hot Wheels Custom Continental Mk III ! So, I decided to get there at opening (which was on a Thursday) and try to snag it!

When we got there that morning there were two people ahead of us! Still, when the doors opened, my lovely wife spotted the cars in a bag and called me over! We won! 

Well, sort of. You see, they placed all the cars in one bag and had a pretty hefty price on them. Still, that price was less than top retail for the Mk III, so I went for it. (And I picked up the mailbox bank too). Let's take a look at my favorites out of the 20-odd cars, shall we?

Here is the best piece! The 1969 Mk III. This car is interesting because of the kid-applied flower power decals. Mattel sold these in accessory packs to dress up your cars, and this kid decided his Lincoln was a little boring, I guess. It makes this car unique and fun in my book! 

Kind of reminds me of John Lennon's Rolls...

This kid numbered his cars in marker. (A lot of kids did this sort of thing) This is car 9!

Next we have a pretty much mint 1970 Hot Wheels Paddy Wagon! Well, it's mint except that it was missing it's top. Since I have a couple of other Paddy Wagons, I decided to order a repop top that would have only come in the Great Getaway action set. It's not original, but I think it looks good!

Dramatic pose...

Car number 8!

Next we have a 1968 Hot Wheels Deora. The paint is pretty scraped up and its missing the surf boards on the back, but its not a bad little car. I like it because its gold like the original show car. Fun fact: this was originally a plastic model before it was a Hot Wheel and there was a contest to name it. The winning kid came up with "Deora" because he thought it meant "gold" in Spanish!

Nice lines, but scraped paint...

He forgot to number it!

Finally, we have the sad last of the Hot Wheels. This is a 1968 Custom Fleetside. This was based on a car actually driven by one of the original Hot Wheels designers. This one has seen better days, though. It's missing it's bed cover and window "glass." Those wheels don't have much chrome left either, and the paint may well have been touched up with a marker. Still, that just means that it was a favorite! It will go in my "to be restored one day" pile.

No windshield!

Car 17, you've had a rough life!

Now we move to some of the other cars! We actually have a couple of different makers, the most being Matchbox.

First, we have this Matchbox Mercury Wagon from 1969. You can tell it's from that year because it doesn't have "Superfast" wheels and has the curious "steering system" that allows the front wheels to move back and forth.

Matchbox, being British, made relatively few American cars, but the ones they did make were popular in the U.S. This one was very popular!

Mainly because of these guys! Two doggos sticking their heads out the back of the car!

Matchox are also easy to identify because they are marked with a "Series Number." Curiously this car is "No. 55 or 73."
It's also car number 14...

Next we have a car that I wish was in better shape, a Mercury Cougar from 1968! Alas, the paint is really rough on this one. Repaint? Maybe. I'll have to think about it...

This car features opening doors, which a lot of people associate with Hot Wheels. In reality, Hot Wheels had very few opening door models (hoods were their thing).

Series 62! (And kid car number 12)

I've included this one just because it's so frightfully British. The Unimog! It's not in terrible shape. A common issue with these cars is that the tires fall off. Why? Because the hubs shrink over the decades. You can get slightly smaller repop tires to fix them. Or you can put a spot of super glue on them. 

Dramatic angle...

Car number 19!

Now we're shifting makers to Corgi! This Studebaker was released in two versions and under two divisions of Corgi. It was first released as a TV car, with a camera man sticking up in the back and a retractable roof. It was later released as an ambulance, which curiously, kept the retractable roof. It was released first as a Husky and then as a Corgi Junior. Here is another view...

The roof and tailgate closed...

And open!

Now the strangest thing about my car is simply that it apparently doesn't exist. You see, the Corgi Junior model is supposed to have "Whizzwheels." Mine are standard. It also is supposed to have a non working tailgate and roof. Mine clearly work. Mine is also clearly marked "Corgi Juniors."

The answer to the riddle? It's a transition piece. The line was switching from Husky to Corgi Junior and they made a few with the old features on the new base. Does this mean it's worth any more? Probably not, but I should check into it any way.
By the way, a transition piece like this would probably be from 1969.

Finally we have a really nice little Ford Thunderbird by Husky from about 1966.

This car just looks cool!

I can't make out the kid number...

I like that it's small! They kept it to scale rather than scaling it up slightly like Hot Wheels or Matchbox would have. Good show, guys!

Lastly, we have this nice Husky VW Police car from about 1966! I wish the paint were a little better, but it's still fun!

Coming after you with 70hp!

Car 3?

This is it next to the Matchbox VW of the same time frame. It's easy how people get these two cars confused.

There were other cars in the bag too, but these were my favs! All in all, I think I did ok! As I always say, it's all about the hunt!

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!

Monday, March 11, 2024

Banked Messages

 Today I have two items (one of which I was sure I had shared before, but apparently not) that share a theme. Let's jump right in, shall we?

I picked this mailbox bank up at an estate sale a few weeks ago. This is one of those things that a lot of kids had when I was growing up, but that you never see any more. I also picked up some Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels cars and by the dates on those (late 60s), I know this kid was about my age.

Here's how big it is...

And the back....

And a side...

And the bottom...

As with most banks, this didn't come with a key, and it was actually a little harder to pick than most of my bank purchases. However, with the help of a bent binder clip and some plyers I was able to pop it open without damaging it!

This is what I saw when I got the door off...

The "Letters" slot is for coins, and they fall into the top compartment. The top door is for paper money, which falls down below the coins.

In mine was....a 1978 penny and a note! This one reads, "Merry Christmas- We love you Joan & David." I'll never know who Joan and David are, but I'll keep the note (and penny) with the bank anyway. 

Next, we have a bank that I picked up at an estate sale a few years ago...

This is a classic combination safe bank.

Here's the size...

So, it's almost exactly the same size as the mailbox (if you allow for the mailbox legs)

Here is a side...

And the bottom...

And the top...

So we know right away that Scott owned this bank! I remember those funky name stickers from the late 60s and early 70s. 

Here's what was inside!

Hmmmm....a note and a hide-a-key without a top? 

Yep, but this note is quite a bit more exciting than the holiday wishes we got in the last bank. This was has....true love (cue sappy music and little hearts floating about). Scott (whoever he is) would probably be mortified if we read it, but he'll very likely never know, so why not?

Here ya go!

In case you need it translated, it reads:

     My first girlfriend was Seaga (?) and I loved her very much and I first kissed her on March 27, 1974 Wednesday. Bye.

Actually, that's pretty sweet. If anyone has a better translation of her name, I'm open to it. 

What ever happened to Scott and Seaga (?) ? Probably after that first kiss they went their separate ways. But we don't know that, of course. They could have gotten married and opened an auto parts store in East Dallas and then retired to the Caribbean, at which point they had an estate sale (because who needs a bunch of junk in the caribbean?).  Or not. 

So, like the mailbox, I'll keep the note with the safe. It just seems right, somehow.

Until next time, keep searching for treasure!