What do you do with ‘garage’ collectibles? You know, the things usually associated with auto maintenance or housekeeping. Things you wouldn’t really display in the house anywhere.
Well, the obvious places are also the perfect choices! The garage, utility room, and junk drawer need collectibles too, don’t they? I keep mine right among all the ‘real’ things that I actually use. Seeing them there brightens any chore.
This stylish Hotpoint
Appliances sign is lit from within.
To the right, the sort of ‘roadside collectibles’ kids bring home.
Those two interesting gizmos below center are
alarms. They look good and maybe afforded some peace of mind, but in
reality they were essentially bicycle horns with a heat-sensitive
switch on the bottom; they had to be virtually engulfed in flames
before they’d sound an alarm!
Of course the
perfect collectible in any garage is the
collectible car. This one’s been in mine since 1973. It’s a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL convertible,
known especially for its concave-shaped, removable “pagoda” hardtop. My
driver for many years, this faithful little car
now enjoys a life of leisure taking me to
Baskin-Robbins on the occasional summer night.
Admittedly, one collectible car does not a car collection
make. This, however, is by design. Cars are very demanding and I simply
too much else to do. As a young man I had many cars (being from
suburban Detroit it was—and still is—in my blood). I learned then that
without sufficient time and resources to devote to their care, a car
collection is just a junkyard.
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Tube Repair Kit (Akron, Ohio, USA, 1940s), Hold Tight! tube patch kit (Better
Monkey Grip Co., Dallas, Texas, USA, c.1955), Brasso “By Appointment to Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, suppliers of metal polish, Reckitt &
Sons Ltd.” (Hull & London, England, 1960s), Pure Gold universal joint and wheel
bearing grease (Pep Boys: Manny, Moe & Jack, Philadelphia, USA,
c.1960), Brasso in the
rectangular can (England, c.1960), Cadillac
Fabric Cleaner with chlorothene (General Motors, Detroit, USA, c.1959),
Cadie Auto Cloth (USA,
Kurly Kate stainless steel sponge “for dairies, canneries, meat packers” (Chicago, USA, c.1940s), bullet-shaped Fire-Alert (Alert Industries, New York, USA, c.1955), red Fedtro FA-1 fire alarm (Japan, c.1960), Smart Household (paper) Towels (Smart & Final Iris, USA, c.1950), Las-stik Wax-Treated Car and Home Cloth PC-15 (Ohio, USA, 1970s), Kelly's Silver Dressing for shoes and slippers “Kelly's shines in polished society” (USA, c.1940), Johnson's Prepared-Liquid Wax glass bottle (Wisconsin, USA, 1936), New Instant Joy for Dishes “Mildest Ever” (Proctor & Gamble, USA, c.1958). The glass Joy bottle is, I suppose, one of my “kitchen collectibles,” but that page, like the kitchen itself, is full.