Solid State AM Transistor Radio BP-156 – Built 1970
Nostalgia for Saturday – Photo
It’s amazing how far we’ve come since 1970. I would have been 5 years old and I think my radio was solid white. This one has faded and the yellow is now mostly gone from around the speaker. A big difference from the iPods with their built in FM radio don’t you think? Can you imagine being tied to only a few local stations that could be picked up on the little transistor radio? Maybe after dark or if the weather was just right a station further away could be heard. I can remember hearing a station from Ohio and thinking how is this possible when we are 700 miles away. Strange how such a small inanimate object can trigger memories…
Meet Mister Black – a.k.a. a $2 American Tourister train case from the 1970’s. I’m thinking for this one I’ll add some white or pink transfers on to the outside and spruce it up a little. This case has an adjustable and removable mirror inside and also a tray. It’s a lot lighter than the blue one that I posted about in my Glamping Project post a few weeks ago. The handle doesn’t lay down flat like my blue one and it’s missing the key for the lock, but it will do just fine for storing small items or just sitting out as a type of decorative tote.
Mister Black – 1970’s train case project number 2
How do you think it will look with maybe some white flower or maybe even some light pink or red graphics? Too hip for someone like me to use as a carry-on bag? My last trip through the airport I didn’t notice any bags like these, but I might next time. It’s kind of like when you purchase a vehicle that seems to be not so common and then you see them everywhere you go.
For this case I did not have to do any major cosmetic work and the inside is in great shape. Here’s a few tips and tricks that I used to perk up Mister Black:
Wipe down the exterior and interior using a mixture of mild soap and warm water
Use a magic eraser to take off any paint transfer or sticky places on the exterior. Don’t rub too much or you will dull the exterior
Wipe down with Armor-all wipes or leather cleaner to treat the exterior and help bring back the shine
Fill with four cups unscented cat litter – place in a sealed garbage bag for three weeks to help remove any odor – if there is still a smell change out the cat litter and leave it for a couple more weeks
Decorate and have fun with your new train case
Train case inside – all cleaned up and ready to go.
Hunting Island Lighthouse – Beaufort South Carolina Built: 1859 – 167 Steps to the Top – View the surrounding area from 132′ above the State Park.
For me it’s hard to believe that something so large could have been built in a time before computers. Built back during a time where people actually used pencil, paper and their minds to calculate the correct dimensions and to build something so majestic. I look at the Hunting Island Lighthouse as a thing of beauty but in truth it was built as a safety measure to warn ships to stay away due to sandbars, currents and other wrecks. Do you think you could take on a challenge to build something like this now? No cranes, no CAD blueprints, just good old strong backs and lots of determination. To me this is one BIG accomplishment!