Tuesday, July 31, 2007


So I am looking thru a stack of old photos on Sunday and the guy only wants 50 cent each. I figure why not spend a few minutes and go thru them maybe a few will be worth getting. I am almost at the bottom of the box and this one shows up.

This is the first time I have ever seen any sort of figure for Alfa Beta Alphy let alone a huge Outdoor Statue.

I wonder where this was ?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Some like it HOT

You figure out when collecting that there are pieces that you end up with that follow a course and if one part of that course was eliminated you would not have had it. I think about that sometimes when I am walking the rows at the swap meet and take a left instead of a right down a lane. It is a weird feeling when that one decision leads you to a great piece you buy. This weekend was one of those time and here is the chain of events:

Friday night spent some time on the internet reading some other Blogs I like. Came across Coops pictures of a local Model T car show and swap nearby. 1 shot shows this great Dr Pepper sign I have been looking for, problem is the swap started on friday so the chances are it is gone.

Saturday wake up early and head to the show with the thought that it might still be there ( thinking in my mind it will be sold)

Search the whole meet but no sign to be found, bummer.

I talk to a few dealers and one of them informs me that a local Antique shop owner bought the sign on Friday.

He also lets me know he thinks it's up for sale at the shop.

Saturday afternoon I head over to his shop and there it is hang there for sale.

Workout a deal to buy it and now here it is.

Another great part is inside the light there is a piece of metal that moves so the clear areas have motion. They call it Vibra-Light.

Have a great Monday everyone!
Drop by tomorrow to see one of the best snapshots I have come across in a while.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

Happy Monday

Hello everyone

just a picture I had on the hard drive for today. Time to go digging in the garage for some upcomming posts.
Does anyone like rubber vegetable people?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Let's Play Bridge

A step back to Deco times for today

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mido and Big Tic

The Fossil watch company always has a great vintage retro look to their products and packaging. They really go all out when they develop a marketing campaign with displays and interesting promotional pieces. So I was amazed that they totally ripped off the Mido watch robot when they came up with the Big Tic figure. If you had any doubts check out the following shots and you be the judge.

Original Mido watch display figure (with working clock in chest)

Fossils Big Tic push puppet

I wonder if Mido gave them the OK?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Screen Saving

Just a few of the screen savers I made for my monitor

If anyone wants one just email me and I will send you a usable one.

Monday, July 16, 2007

KFC for a day

Happy Monday everyone!

You can be anyone you want with the right mask.

Now I just need the bottom part in an adult XL .

Friday, July 13, 2007

Extra Postage

Check out this postcard from Anderson & Sons Inc.

I wonder what extra handling charge was since they attached an actual metal name plate to each postcard?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Visit my post at Swapatorium Today

Hello everyone! Today I am a guest blogger over at swapatorium. Angelica has a wonderful blog and was one of the reasons I started up Tikranch. Please drop on by and check it out.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Felt Club 1969


A group of postcards my wife picked up with some sort of DIY felt characters on them. Maybe some sort of european TV show, the cards are dated 1969. Not the usual Tikiranch content but so odd I thought you would enjoy them

Monday, July 09, 2007

76 everyweek

A little metal box I found this weekend at the local college swap meet.

The 76 guy is always smiling and helping to serve.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Mr Allstate

What better place to store your Mr Allstate lighter in than this painted chalk advertising ashtray.
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hey Mr Allstate got a light?

If you just wanted to collect Advertising lighters they probably made one of every Ad figure out there at one point. I have a few and this is one. Drop by tomorrow for a companion piece to this guy.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Joe Dirt

Firework Information PSA

Monday, July 02, 2007

Mix Me

Just add arms and legs to any inanimate object and you have your Adverting Character problem solved.

The best part? no royalties.