Anyone recognize what this is? Yeah, its a silver emblem off a Waffen SS Officer's Cap. Probably some of the most evil bastards that ever walked the planet. I mean, this was their insignia, the "Death's Head". I have always wondered why I found it in an antique shop in Old Town Albuquerque.
What the hell is this button? I've had it for decades and never figured out why or what it even means.
This is from back in the days when the government didn't restrict what pharmaceutical companies could give doctors as freebies (and they couldn't advertise on TV...have we really progressed?). My dad used to bring home the coolest stuff. This ear and heart I've had since I was a little kid. I'm not sure why I thought they were so great. They just are...aren't they?
More cool things my dad brought home. These are containers that radioactive needles came in. The gold things on top are actually solid gold. They would put them over the patient's eyes when irradiating a tumor anywhere near the eyes. Seems kind of primitive now, huh?
OK, does this one need explanation? Why did he bring this stuff home? I have a distinct memory of the first time I saw this. I climbed into the back seat of his Corvair Monza Spyder. There was something covering it up, and I picked it up and said, "Why is there a slice of brain back here?" He said, "See that walnut like thing in the middle? That's a tumor." Kind of like..."Why else would it be there? Do you think I collect healthy brain slices?" Interestingly enough, none of this seemed the least bit unusual to me.
I have always had a fascination with writing utensils. Noticing these two made me pause and think. The one on the left is a mechanical pencil from the 1920s and the top doubles as a cigarette lighter. The one on the right is a silver and gold pen Whitny bought me. The top of it is a flash drive. The similarity juxtaposed with the striking differences are fascinating...don't you think?