Known as Midwest, the king of all tool collecting groups. Lots
of info and a well-presented site.
The Virtual Museum of Surveying History
This site consists of exhibits which cover
a variety of topics related to surveying history. As the museum
grows, we will continue to develop galleries with different themed exhibits
in each gallery.
Sewing in Surf City
This is my friend Nancy's blog, and if you are
into sewing, fabric, and fashion you'll want to take a
look and add it to your favorites. It's a fun
read, and will make you want to start on that next
Jim Bode Tools
Jim Bode offers some of the finest quality & nicest antique tools
available on the net or elsewhere on his website. Take a Look.
Jon Zimmers Antique Tools
This is one of the better antique tool sites on the Internet.
Jon has the distinction of being one of the first, and is by the far
Robert Parrish has an extensive list of surveying equipment
that he has for sale as well as information on the repair, restoration,
cleaning, & parts making services that he offers for surveying and scientific
This is Valéry Monnier's definitive site for
info on this category of calculators and adding machines. These
calculators from an age past have an important place in the history
of calculation and their development is an interesting story..
I have never seen a more complete and informative site on the subject.
Well worth a look if you need info on this type of instrument from a
The Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub
Here is the place to go to learn more
about Keen Kutter, Winchester, E. C. Simmons, Diamond Edge, OVB, and
all the other great early hardware companies. Two yearly meets
are held in Missouri which include an amazing auction, tailgate sales
and lots more.
This International Sewing Machine Collectors Group publishes a
top-notch quarterly magazine and hosts several international conventions
and auctions as well as their informative website.
Simmons Auction Co.
This top-notch Missouri
auction house conducts outstanding specialty auctions for tools, pressing
irons, Griswold and cast iron cookware, graniteware, and lots more great
stuff. A well done and very informative site.
of American Heritage
Dedicated to preserving and displaying objects related to 19th
and 20th century invention, this museum is located in Palo Alto, CA
but you can also visit them online. They offer great workshops
and classes as well as their ongoing exhibits related to the history
of technology. Be sure to check out the resources on their links
Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America
This group was
founded as Midwest Sadiron Collectors Club in 1984, and in
2009 changed the club name to PITCA---Pressing Iron and Trivet
Collectors of America---to encourage membership of all trivet collectors
and pressing iron collectors East of the Mississippi, South of the
Mason Dixon, up
in New England, and out here on
the Left Coast, as well as everywhere in between. The quarterly newsletter "Pressing News" alone
is well worth the modest yearly membership dues and the resource library
you can borrow from is second-to-none.
This site for iron collectors maintained by
Thierry Jucla is in French, but well worth the look. Beautiful
iron photos and information!
Lynn Rosack's Trivets
Trivet collector and author of
The A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets Lynn
Roaack now has her second trivet book. Take a look at her
website. Lynn is also the leader of the Trivet Collectors
Network group, a place to learn, chat, and share information and
photos with other "Triveteers" about their treasures.
directly to buy the books and for TCN membership information.
Lynn also maintains a blog "Trivetology" with observations about
trivets and collecting at
F.W. Muller Toy
Sewing Machine Book
This 324 page book was just published
by TSM collectors and researchers Rita and Manfred Koym. It covers
the history of the 111 year old factory, a list of patents and registered
trademarks, wonderful color pictures of the machines as well as their
boxes, and a full catalogue of all known (and unknown) toy sewing machines
F. W. Muller Jr. ever produced. For more details and ordering
info, contact Rita directly by clicking on the title link above.
And be sure to visit their
toy sewing machine website
where you will find pictures of their collection as well as other information
and a selection of the toy sewing machines they have available for sale
This site by Ross Conant is the source for
Millers Falls and other boring machines as well as other great tools
for the timber framer and other woodworking trades.
Axel & Susanne's
Sewing Machine Collection Their
website is in German but has fabulous pictures of splendid toy sewing
machines in their collection, so even if you don't understand the text
you will love the photos!
Machine Parts If you are
looking for parts for your vintage sewing machines, including parts
for Singer Featherweights, you might be able to find them here at Guy
This fellow makes some
of the nicest custom
designed and handmade Western hats you've ever seen, and using antique
hatters tools. Specializing in re-creations of popular film hats,
and hat antiquing. Rustic Rattlesnake Hatbands, key chains, and
belts are offered as well as other Southwest gift items. As his
Slogan says, "My hats make your head feel good".
Nancee Meeker Pottery
Larry's sister's website. Nancee
is a well-known potter whose work is collected by individuals and museums
nationwide. A well-deserved mid-life change of careers has
her involved in the field of muscular therapy, as well as many
other of life's pursuits. We
also now have her in training as our East Coast picker!
nice site full of important information for the working woodworker,
as well a nice selection of links to help you find most anything you
will ever need related to woodworking.
The Typewriter Museum
This is a new and
very worthwhile typewriter site with lots of information on some rare
as well as many more typical machines that are involved in this interesting
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