We got off to a later start than I wanted but made it to the Columbus Hamfest before it was all gone. One guy had a very nice Deluxe model "Blue Racer" Vibroplex key, an older one (I haven't run the serial number yet) in a "custom carrying case:" a dark-painted cheesebox! We managed to find a price we both liked and it's mine now.
Spent time chatting with my friend Don, who maintains some very interesting radio equipment in even more interesting places.
Afterwards, Tam and I visited the Exit 76 Antique Mall. "Vast" is the only word that fits. A couple of hours in, we came around a corner to the main desk and I was thinking, "Whew! Made it before my legs gave out!" ...Um, no, we were just short of halfway through. There were several booths of old tools, a lot of interesting furniture and more dishware than you could ever hope to parse in a day -- then on the second half, Tam found all manner of militaria, from WW I lead soldiers to bayonets to Civil War arms; I even picked up a little folding tripod for my camera. And books...! A remarkable place. Visit if you dare. Bring money. Allow for extra time. Take frequent rest breaks; we did not and ended up regretting it as we limped out to my car.
By then we were fair starving; there was discussion of holding out until we got to the Chick-fil-A near Indy but hunger won out and we hit a nearby "Montana Mike" steak joint. Much better than I expected. They seem to have found a good balance -- you'd pay a lot more get any better steak. Service was fast, professional and friendly, an uncommon combination these days. and the place was packed! As we were leaving, a bunch of what appeared to be SASS shooters showed up -- ahh, Indiana!
Not too bad a way to spend a Saturday!
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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