Hey, look - another wheel! In fact, we have FOUR of these all from the same seller. I don't know why she wanted to sell all four in a lot, but we have no complaints.
This is a nice stain remover wheel from the Central Scientific Company of Chicago. All four are in excellent condition. The wheel measures 7 by 5.75 inches and is of a sturdy cardboard. The copyright date is 1915.
This is quite a list of chemicals, isn't it? It has everything from powdered chalk to potassium cyanide. You can get help removing "wagon grease" with this wheel. I wonder how often someone needs to remove tar from silk?
Hey, look what the mail man brought us today! Isn't this nice? It's the Menustat, "The World's Easiest to Use Cookbook". This beauty is 7.275 inches in diameter and in excellent shape. It is printed on one side only.
There is so much to choose from. You can have liver, chicken liver, fried eggplant and even Crepes Suzette. And thank goodness I can finally learn how to fry bacon with this wheel!
Of course, I like the colors, the little thermometer in the middle and the nice banner over it. There is no date on this but, what do you think? 1950s? I think this is a very handsome wheel indeed.
"Easiest to handle . . . Not top heavy but perfectly balanced for housewife's convenience."
Tune in tomorrow. I've got another one coming at you!
We had another new wheel in our mailbox today: the Votan Mark-up Finder. We've seen these types of profit meter-type wheels before, so there's nothing too interesting about that.
What I like is the reverse side of this wheel. It features the outline of a cow hide and the sole of a shoe lovingly caressing said hide to his bosom. And it's not even just the cow hide. It's the entire logo he's clutching. I think he looks more like a hot dog than a shoe sole, though.
The Super Sole was "Commended by the Consumer Services Bureau of Parents' Magazine as Advertised Therein". The wheel proudly bears the seal of said commendation.
This guy is 4 inches across and in excellent condition. The internet speculates that this was from the 50s, which seems about right.
This just in: a new bread wheel! I've never heard of Aunt Hannah. I find her a little bit too exited about teaching us about the states. Bread wheels and "know your state" wheels are a dime a dozen, really, but this one has Aunt Hannah, so we had to get it.
This wheel measures 4.25 by 5.25 inches, excluding the little dial portions that stick out from the sides. It's in pretty good shape. It has half the states on one side, half on the other. It doesn't include Alaska or Hawaii as it bears a copyright date of 1951.
I like how she's holding the country in her loving hands. This wheel includes some old state mottoes, including New Mexico's odd "It grows at is goes" and Washington's mysterious "By and by". I wonder if there are still only 3,082 people in Carson City?
Now, here’s an old one I forgot to show you before and I can’t believe it because it has 16 wheels in one chart! This Compos-a-Tune was copyrighted in 1944 and, for the non-musician like me, is completely incomprehensible.
Stats: This chart measures 16.375 by 6.5. Each side appears the same, but they are not the same. One is labeled Side No. 1 and the other Side No. 2! I’m thinking you start your tune composition on Side No. 1 and continue on to the other side. You decide. The chart indicates that a separate set of detailed instructions are included. I don’t believe we have those.
I think you’ll agree that this one is a pretty fancy chart. I’ll bet it’s fun to play with.
Here’s something we never expected to see. It’s a wheel you put together yourself — in its virgin form! This card measures 8.25 by 15 inches and it’s pretty flimsy. I thought it was going to start coming apart as I was photographing it. I’m surprised that it has managed to stay in such good shape all this time. Nixon is the last president featured on this.
You know how I feel about presidents wheels. Zzzz. But this one is okay.
Lookee here — a new wheel! It’s a handsome one and in reasonably good shape. This measures 7.875 inches across and comes to us from Carnation fresh dairy products. There is no date on this, unfortunately. This one was a DIY wheel. I don’t know how it was delivered, but the tabs where the grommet should be are just folder-over jobs. It’s amazing these are in such good shape. That’s right: the etsy seller sent us TWO.
I really like the design of this one — nice colors. And look at the swirling ocean! On the front you only have a window for the capital and flag. On the back, you’ll learn about the weather, population, area, and principal industries. There are also many comparisons to features in the United States. “The Amazon River is 1,000 miles longer than the Mississippi River.” My favorite, of course, is “Some of the Silver Pits [yes, capitalized] of Peru are large enough to swallow San Francisco, California.” !
In addition to information about weather and such, you’ll see a fine Carnation dairy product featured (but not for every country). This really is one of the nicest looking wheels around.