I love this wheel! Who wouldn't? I'm a sucker for that color combination. This is in pristine condition and was copyrighted in 1932. It has a button on the center rather than a grommet. And it's just over nine inches wide.
Now, here's the downside: I don't think this possesses the mechanical quality of seemingly lesser wheels. It's operation just isn't that clever. Maybe I'm being too harsh on it. What do you think?
One of the fun things about this zodiac wheel is the lists of famous people who were born under each sign. Mine has Otto Von Bismarck! For me, though, this wheel's appeal lays almost entirely in its graphic design. I think it's just beautiful. Just based on its looks, this might be my favorite wheel of all. Plus it was sold by Horoscope Sales Co.! I wonder if they're still in business?
Today's wheel is a big one: 9 x 11. It's a rope price calculator produced by Columbian Rope Company of Auburn, New York -- The Cordage City! It's in moderately good shape and pretty self-explanatory in its operation.
I actually did a bit of research on this one. The company was founded by Colonel Edwin Dickinson Metcalf, who was born in 1848. A memorial in the form of a history of the company ("The Monument") was published in 1948, which is the date of the copyright on this wheel. The company was founded in 1903. I don't know the circumstances, but the it merged out ninety years later. I guess they had a good run.
Sadly, Auburn's Wikipedia entry makes no mention at all of it being "The Cordage City" and Col. Metcalf doesn't appear on the roster of notable Auburn citizens. But Williard Bundy is there! He was the inventor of the time clock.
This charming wheel comes to us compliments of Gubelin, makers of fine Swiss watches (175 years and counting).
It has the odd dimensions of four and a half by six and five eighths inches. I don't know the date, but if you'd like to find out by figuring the vintage of the Swiss notes on the back, then knock yourself out.
This is classy wheel has a shiny Swiss cent pasted to the front. I love the cheerful sun and moon. Gubelin services all five continents, except for the sixth one. Aside some some minor stainage, it's in very good shape.
I don't want to fork out more money to Weebly just so I can post videos, so head on over to Instagram to check out this wheel in motion. I think it's kind of cool. My Instagram page can be accessed by clicking the appropriate icon on my home page. It's just below the banner photo.
You know, I don't really know anything about this British wheel other than that it's 7.5 inches across. I'm guessing it dates from World War 1. It's in excellent shape. I hope its owner never needed to refer to it.
Its a serious and scary-looking wheel, isn't it? If you are exposed to whatever D.M. stands for, you need to watch out for loss of self-control. For B.B.C., combat fear and panic by reassurance.
I have now ventured into dangerous territory. I've gotten to the point where I don't remember which wheels I've posted and which I haven't! I guess I should make myself a list. I do know, however, that this Nick Manoloff wheel isn't a repeat, so here we go.
Our wheel's copyright date is blurry, but I found pictures of clear ones and it says 1935. Nick Manoloff manufactured slide guitar slide bars, sheet music, lesson books, and things like this wheel. Despite the water stains, this 8-inch specimen is in pretty good shape. Don't expect me to explain how it works, though. I'll leave that up to Nick.
Here's another cool wheel from Wonder Bread. This one is about 5.5 inches across, double-sided, and has a copyright date of 1946. Notice that it's almost in the shape of a slice of bread!
There are twenty home science and science-ish experiments children can occupy their time with on this wheel. Marvel at the miracle of condensation! Test food for starch! Actually, this is a nifty little wheel. On one side, the top has been torn a bit. No big deal, though.
Look at the design details. The window at the bottom has the word "experiment" printed on a gold scroll. Fancy! Check out the enormous and forceful cross on the letter T at the top. Yow! Finally, I love that there appears to be a messy stain behind the 20. Is that from the Egg Out of Bottle experiment?
My favorite (which is everyone's favorite) is the Egg in Bottle, pictured below. What kid can resist the instruction "Place paper in milk bottle. Set afire"?
Wonder Bread does it again! This is another one of its advertising giveaways. Most of them are pretty good and this wheel about knots is no exception. This one is just over four inches across. I don't know how old this is but, if you look closely, you can see the word "sliced" on the loaf of bread. Fancy!
I love this little wheel. It's really quite practical. I need to find me some rope so I can practice some of these in case of an emergency. I've always thought that knowing how to tie knots might save me were I to become marooned on an island somewhere. Marooned with a lot of rope.
This wheel shows how to make the knot and says what it's good for. Some of these are pretty complicated. I wonder how many Boy Scouts used this wheel to earn a badge?
You already know that I'm no fan of golf, but I don't cotton much to the idea of fishing, either. At least with fishing you get to sit down and there is probably a beer nearby. I don't eat fish and don't like them as a rule, so fishing is definitely not the "sport" for me.
I don't blame a fisherman for wanting to cheat a little by using a sonar device like the Lo-K-Tor (clever name!) I'm sure it cuts the fun, fun fishing time in half. This wheel helps you work out what's going on under your boat. In fact, it's packed with information for the angler. Did you know that the world record weight for a Muskie is 69 pounds? Or that there's a fish called a crappie? Yee gods!
This thing also reviews some popular lures, like the Weedless Spoon, which "... offers the same tempting wobble-action of other spoons....A small strip of pork rind magnifies its appeal." Or how about the Vibrating that "... Sets up an underwater commotion that spells sure-fire appeal to marauding lunkers." I think this is a world I don't wish to inhabit.
This wheel is six inches square and of a very sturdy cardboard. The date shown is 1972, long after waterproof plastic was invented.
Now this is a useful wheel. It helps you get the best exposure by showing you how to set your camera's shutter speed and aperture for different lighting conditions. It's small and made of plastic, so it's meant to be used.
I like the the lovely vignettes of classic Americana on the back: a big church, some Boy Scout types and even Tom Sawyer!
This is another wheel that I had on display showing the wrong side. One is bland and the other is bright. This wheel is ten inches across and, as you can see, it's showing its age.
Although it tries to offer some sort of service in the form of man-pleasing, but lame, recipes, it's really just a big ad. Honest, Old-Fashioned Substance! Every slice is oven-fragrant, glistens with freshness . . . a joy to see on your table, a delight to EAT!
Wow. That's some bread huh? Just look at that happy family enjoying a meal. I don't trust a guy who doesn't remove his tie when he gets home.
As is usual, I was too lazy to research Bond Bread's history. However, if you do an image search for Bond Bread, you'll see that they put out A LOT of advertising junk. I did find out that Elaine deKooning's father was a plant manager for Bond Bread.