Blogging, like anything else, grows a "to-do" list and mine has some interesting entries; this covers all three blogs and you'll have to work out what goes where from topic and context:
"The Adler Mystery:" I have a very nice portable typewrite, post-WW II, made by Adler. I have found almost nothing about the manufacturer online but the little I have found makes me at least 80% sure this was not some mail-order store's house name.
Book report 1: I was given a charming little steampunk penny dreadful, an enjoyable read from a new author, worth a couple of paragraphs at least.
Book report 2: Picked up a couple of Winston SF hardbacks, the ones with the charming Alex Schomburg endpapers: one by Raymond F. Jones and the other a first edition of Lester del Rey's Mission To The Moon, part of a series that used the Collier's articles (mostly by Werner von Braun and Will Ley, with illustrations by Chesley Bonestell). Sure, they're juveniles, but they're pretty good juveniles.
RME 45: a find at one of the online auctions, a very nice communications receiver built not long after the end of WW II by Radio Manufacturing Engineers of Peoria, Illinois. RME was one of the top manufacturers of such receivers, in the same class as National, Hammarlund and the best Hallicrafters. This one's in nice shape and worth a photo essay.
State Fair: I've got another dozen photos left, including one of Tam feeding baby goats.
Speaking of State Fairs and the food and food-like items offered there, I have a small bet with myself that we're only a few years way from fried escargot. Breaded, with ketchup! Ew.
There's more, but that's a start.
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