These kids today wouldn't believe it, but time was when you needed an electrical engineering degree just to adjust the damn television. This wheel is proof. No one wants to lug a major piece of furniture to the repair shop, so many people just fiddled with the components on their own. I remember my father removing the Masonite backing on our TV to see what tubes needed replacing. Too bad he didn't have this comprehensive TV Roll-A-Guide to give him a hand. Just LOOK at all the possible repairs you might have to make just if your screen is experiencing the jitters.
Look, it's really no big deal. If your screen has a dim picture, but normal sound, all you need to do is refer to numbers 3, 9, 10, and/or 11 on the chart. Number 3 says, "Low-Voltage Rectifier Tube: Located near the power transformers, tube numbers 5U4, 5Y3, 5AX4, or 5AS4." If that doesn't do the trick, try Number 9: "Damper Tube: Look for tubes 19AU4, 17AX4, 25WF, 6AU4, 12AX4, 5V4, 6AX4, 6W4, or 6BY5." Still no luck? How about Number 10: "High-Voltage Rectifier Tubes. This tube or tubes will have a wire and cap connected to the top. It is located in the high-voltage compartment or beneath the chassis. Look for tubes 1AX2, 183, 1V2, 1X2, or 3A3." If all else fails, turn to Number 11: "Horizontal Output Tube. Located in or close to high-voltage compartment. Look for tubes 6AU5, 6BC6, 6AV5, 6CD6, 6BQ6, 25BQ6, 6CU6, 25CU6, 6DQ5, 12CU6, 12BQ6, 17DQ6, 25DN6 or 25AV5." That's not including any Horizontal Oscillator Tubes.
It's THAT easy!
This wheel measures 8.75 by 9.5 inches and is in good shape.
I think it's safe to say that Western Electronics must have made a fortune selling countless TV electron tubes to hapless dads. If I had known there was a high-voltage compartment in there, I might not have banged on the top of the set so hard.
Luzier Cosmetics has been in business for almost 100 years, still in Kansas City. This wheel is eight inches in diameter and in pretty good shape. But the design is about as bland as you can get.
This wheel appears to be a guide for salespeople to determine the best and most appropriate Luzier products for their customers. I wish I knew what the abbreviations stand for. Check out the first paragraph on the back. It seems the Luzier "patron" has to fill out (and sign!) a questionnaire, which is then appended to her Registration Card. This is serious stuff!
As promised, here is our priciest wheel and it was worth it. This Russian chemistry wheel is eight inches in diameter and is made of a heavy cardboard upon which a thin layer of plastic (kind of like contact paper) has been affixed. The whole thing is sealed off with a metal edge. I wish I knew how old this is. I suppose that if you could figure out which element on this is the newest, then you might make a pretty good estimate.
At the top of the wheel, you can dial an element and read its atomic weight, density and number, among other things.
I like it that's it's pink. What an odd color choice. I sure would like to know what this wheel was used for. Perhaps it's a learning aid or a tool in some industrial chemical field. If I find out, I will let you know.
Honestly, what is this doing in a volvelle collection? It's round, I'll give it that. This is a game card from one of a series of bingo-style educational games produced by Milton Bradley. They had time-telling, arithmetic, phonetics -- that sort of thing.
This is 5.75 by 3.25 inches. I promise to give you a much better wheel tomorrow. In fact, it's the most expensive wheel we own. Stay tuned!
This here's your basic color wheel. In fact, it's the third edition of the Grumbacher color wheel -- from August of 1977. Grumbacher is an artists' paint manufacturer. It looks like someone used it, too. It has tiny watercolor paint spatters. This is just over nine inches across and is made of a sturdy, plastic-like paper.
I don't think a color wheel like this is going to educate you anywhere near as much as making your own by mixing actual paint. But if you play around with it, you get some nice combinations through the windows. It even tells you how to make gray!
This 3 x 5 wheel offered by Diaper Pure aims to predict how tall your baby will be at various ages. I wish I knew what my height was at age 11 so I could see if it predicts accurately.
What I find not a little alarming is that people BOILED diapers! Why would you need/want to do that and who would have the time? Good grief. My mother told me that she just threw them in the washing machine set on hot. And I turned out just fine. I'm 5' 8"!
As as an aside, I'll mention that I found a mommy blog out there about using cloth diapers. Yep -- the entire blog is nothing but diapers. She says, "Sterling's nighttime diapers leave him screaming in the morning." Really? Sterling?
Sometimes we like to venture outside the circular realm and buy another kind of knowledge chart: the slide chart. We have a few of these and I've chosen this one from Pearl Brewing Company because today is Friday. This is, in no way, an endorsement of Pearl Beer and shouldn't be construed as a recommendation to actually drink the stuff.
This measures 3.125 by 8.625 inches. It's not in very good shape on the draught beer side. This has seen some use for sure. I had no idea there were beer glasses called "hour" and "shell".
Hopefully, you'll find something a bit more palatable to drink for your Friday evening.
Here's a Tip-Top Bread wheel for you and guess what? It's about the presidents! This measures, roughly, 4.5 by 5.5 inches and is in very good shape, indeed. It it double-sided, but both sides have the same design.
There isn't much information here. I guess it would be useful if you were trying to learn the order of presidents. I do find the drawings amusing, though. I didn't know James Polk had a mullet. And Herbert Hoover appears to have had terrible acne.
Once again, head over to my Instagram page to see this wheel in motion. It was the only way I could think of to make it interesting. Click the icon below!