25 Feb

Today’s theme is inspired by Tammy…who chose the same subject.

Unfortunately people must think my house is filled ( read cluttered ) with antiques or at the very least…old stuff….well…in a way it is but it’s ALL treasures I have collected over the years.

I used to be a HUGE garage sale fan…back when I lived in a big city and years ago there were LOTS of ‘treasures’ to be had by the then mobile suburban communities.

Today I live too far away  from these types of communities and as well the trend is less towards getting rid of ‘old’ things as they are replaced by new things, primarily as new stuff just simply doesn’t last the way old stuff did!

This adding machine was patented in 1939 and a brief search of the internet gave me some further interesting information.

Below is the inventor, who seems to have patented no other invention and the assignee…most likely the company that manufactured it or their law firm.


InventorLiaas J. Ritz
Original AssigneeWolver
Current U.S. Classification235/80; 235/69


It was made in 1941 by the Wolverine Supply Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

It is very obviously a child’s toy and it certainly gives an idea of what a child MIGHT have found ‘fun’ in 1941…( before my time BTW )

Can you imagine a child today finding an ADDING MACHINE fun?????????????

As a sideline the Wolverine company apparently existed from 1903 to 1970 manufacturing primarily children’s toys and was founded by Benjamin Bain and his wife .



Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “TODAY’S THEME………………….CHILDREN’S TOYS

  1. Danudin

    February 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I was made a long time ago and don’t feel that I’ll last any longer than the new Improved models will LoL.
    It’s great to find stuff from your youth, that’s for sure!

    • waynesdslrspot

      February 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Word has it that the Devil won’t have you just yet so you’ll have to hang on until later..maybe the qualifications will change.

  2. Tony

    February 25, 2012 at 3:47 am

    It’s an interesting find, nowadays children will use their pocket calculator or they call a friend by means of a mobile …

  3. John & Lois

    February 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Antique children’s toys are fascinating.

  4. Tammy

    February 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Fun knowing the history behind the machine…i have some nieces and nephews who would enjoy that toy very much (anything w/ buttons pleases them!)

  5. jackscrap

    February 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    My kids wouldn’t understand what to do with a machine that didn’t need to be plugged each night to recharge.

  6. Steve

    February 26, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Great find….life was so simple back then…we made our own fun

  7. hmca14

    February 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Must have been quite a novelty at the time….


    February 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Junk is stuff no one else realizes it is really a treasure!


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