Monthly Archives: July 2009

New Inventory: Vintage and Antique Camera Collection

Just a heads up to all the photography enthusiasts and camera collectors, we’ve just gotten in a decent sized collection of more than 100 vintage and antique cameras.  Haven’t gotten through all of them yet, but thus far most are mediocre, as expected.  But there are sure to be some nice ones and hopefully some great old collectibles in there somewhere.

We’ll be adding the cameras to our inventory gradually over the next week or so.  The best way to see the new stuff is to visit our Newly Listed Products page.  We get a lot of shoppers looking for cameras and accessories (there’s a pile of accessories too, and some film and flashbulbs, etc.), so be sure to check back daily for the next week.  Lots of camera stuff goes quick!

Holy Mary on a Mushroom Cloud Medal

Sometimes you come across an old item that makes you scratch your head and ask, “what the heck where they thinking?”  Today in my batch of pictures of ready to add inventory from the warehouse I found this odd Catholic medal.

Invoke a Cold War Slogan, Put Mary on a Mushroom Cloud, but Remember to Stamp Peace on the Earth.

Invoke a Cold War Slogan, Put Mary on a Mushroom Cloud, but Remember to Stamp Peace on the Earth.

For those of you who aren’t 80 years old, the “Atoms for Peace” slogan comes from a speech given by Dwight Eisenhower.  The speech basically was meant to scare the bejesus out of foreign countries while trying to soothe the concerns of ordinary citizens who feared being vaporized in a nuclear fire.  The Atoms for Peace program lead to the proliferation of nuclear power to developing nations without their own technology…countries like Pakistan and of course, Iran.  [sigh] …you see where this is going…

The first nuclear reactors were built by the American company American Machine and Foundry, better known as AMF…which also produced those cute little tricycles shaped like rockets in the 1950’s.  So be sure to thank your grandparents for financing today’s nuclear fears coming out of Tehran…but back to the medal.

The oddity of the medal got even more bizarre when I saw the picture of the back of it, which features an embossed image of the Archangel Michael trampling Satan.

St. Michael getting ready to slay Satan to protect Israel from the nuclear threat created by Atoms for Peace.

St. Michael getting ready to slay Satan to protect Israel from the nuclear threat created by Atoms for Peace.

I suppose you can’t entirely lay the blame on the Eisenhower administration for today’s current nuclear tensions in the middle east, but it is ironic, just like this medal.  It’s as if the maker of this medal was a bit torn about the Atoms for Peace program and had a bit of inner conflict about the outcome of Atoms for Peace.  One side featuring an image of atomic war with a call for peace and the other showing Michael protecting Israel from their greatest modern threat?

Anyway, it’s a great odd little medal.  Oh, and if you’re looking for a good idea for a full-back tattoo, the image of Mary floating on  a mushroom cloud sure would make a statement.

Gluttonous Suicidal Tamagotchi’s and Other Childhood Disappointments

I recently added a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy to the Black Market Antiques inventory.  My initial thought was that the photographers should probably be taking pictures of, well, better things.  But in doing the listing it brought back memories from my childhood (shows my age, or the lack thereof).

The Happy Meal toy in question was a Tamagotchi style keychain.  I remember seeing the McDonald’s commercial on TV advertising the toy.  Caught up in my own naivity and blinded by the overacting of the children on the commercial playing gleefully with their Tamagotchi Happy Meal toys, I wrongly assumed that by my parents purchasing a $2.99 I would get a real live Tamagotchi virtual pet.  My excitement quickly turned to disappointment before my father was even out of the McDonald’s drive-thru on our next trip to McDonald’s.  What I got as my “prize” was a crappy “Tamagotchi style” licensed keychain.

Not a real Tamagotchi, but it looked like one in the commercial.

Not a real Tamagotchi, but it looked like one in the commercial.

I expressed my extreme disappointment with what I viewed as an obviously dishonest marketing campaign and vowed to boycott McDonald’s forever, as long as my parents would stop taking us there…  My rant was cut short by my dad telling me to shut up and eat my food.

I never did get a real Tamagotchi, but the next Christmas I did get a digital dog virtual pet – a less expensive knock-off toy that carried with it an anticipation equal to that day in the McDonald’s drive through.  By that time I had heard my classmate’s tales of their “stupid Tamagotchis,” but I did not let their tales discourage my efforts, and I chalked their complaints up to them being bad Tamagotchi-parents.

Despite following the instructions and meticulously devoting every waking hour to my virtual puppy, I had killed him four times before New Year’s Day.  The stupid thing kept begging for food and refusing to take naps.  I’d push the buttons to make his bed appear, and he’d be inside it and appear to sleep for just long enough for me to start playing with other toys.  Then he’d be beeping at me within moments begging for food, which you had to give him or he’d get unhappy and sick.  After the fourth overeating death, I never played with the toy again.

ADMIN Note: Today Sarah has a healthy normal-weight 3 year old boy that she has yet to kill even once, despite his constant requests for food and refusal to take naps.