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What Other Interests or Collections Do You Have?

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Do people who collect watches also collect other things?

My only other collection is books, maps and memorabilia of South African Witwatersrand gold mining 1886 - 1899! Beat that for obscurity!

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Went through a phase of collecting die cast model vehicles some years ago.

They are all up in my attic now.

I have dozens and dozens.

I had a special interest in Three Wheelers.

How sad is that.

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Hi jot, i can't beat that for obscurity, but i collect motoring/garage memrobilia, the old enamel sign's, oil bottles, tins, any thing really to do with the Oil and Petrol companys, i have them plasterd all over my small garage, fag lighters,a few watch's, pump sign's and nozzles, the funny thing is that what i collect is what used to be thrown away, and now i am buying it back, funny old world. cheers fred.

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Hi JoT.

Good question! I collect books too .... loads of 'em!

There's a particular fantasy author I like called Karl Edward Wagner (sadly dead now), he used to write about the exploits of an immortal hero (as cursed by the Gods no less!) called Kane. I suppose in a similar vein to Conan, however the character Kane is not a nice person at all, very ruthless and looks out for number one, woe betide anyone who gets in his way! Which to my mind makes him all the more interesting! I've got as many of his books as I can find and have a couple of first editions too.

I've got loads of Robert E. Howard books too, he was the writer who developed the character of Conan the barbarian back in the 1930's. He wrote loads of stuff but committed suicide in his 30's. They're a good read but not particularly demanding (pulp fiction) and are a left over from my teenage years. I don't read them at all now but I don't think I'll ever get rid of them.... too many memories!

Got the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan books too .... another good read but how do you teach yourself to read when the only language you've ever heard is that of apes?? I enjoyed the books but just couldn't get my head round that bit!

My other collection is of books featuring the work of fantasy artists (there's a theme developing here isn't there?). I have books by Chris Achilleos, Michael Whelan, Jim Burns, Boris Vallejo, Roger Dean, Syd Mead (who's not really fantasy but a great artist) and Rodney Matthews amongst others. Nothing by Frank Frazetta though .... which I've only just realised!

I could go on but I'll spare you, I can't get enough of books!!!

My Dad used to collect maps and used to spend ages examining them on the kitchen table much to the annoyance of my Mum!

Cheers

Paul :)

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I blame the internet;I have tracked down, all over the world, every book written on the Witwatersrand. There is only one I havent bought, the dealer has had it for sale now for three years, nobody wants it but me, but he wont drop the price.

Havent come across three wheel die cast models though! I like Fred's signs, if I didnt live in a bloody flat in bloody London and I had a garage it is something I wouldnt mind collecting.

I used to collect rocks had about 3cwt ... I had them in boxes in the attic ... what was the point? Anyway one day one of the boxes must have fallen somehow and the rocks crashed through the ceiling. It made my decision a to throw them away a bit easier!

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Paul - This Kane charicter sounds a lot like the Elrick of Melnebone series by Michael Moorcock (all of that spelling may be wrong). You might want to check that out. I don't conciously collect books, but I have thousands. I've got all the Conan books too, great reads. Check out the movie "The Whole Wide World" when you get a chance. It's kind of a bio pic about Robert E. Howard with Vincent D'Onofrio as Howard.

Besides Stamps and Coins as a kid I really don't collect anything.

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I have a small collection of East German Praktica bayonet mount cameras and lense. Some are becomming quite sought after now.

Why collect these? Because no one else wanted them then and thought they were a joke. Now, some people would love my 50mm f1.4, 80mm f1.8 and the 55mm macro lens :o

But they should have thought of that before :lol::lol:

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Sorry, no weird collecting habits but my neighbour has massive collection of pot golliwogs in his front window (remember them, I think you had to send off umpteen jam jar labels to get one little pot golliwog) deliberatley designed to annoy passersby :D:D:D:D:D

He has court orders from the council requesting their removal but this has only served to increase the amount displayed in his window :D:D:D:D

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Hi Sargon

Thanks for the info regarding the Robert E. Howard film, I hadn't heard of it, but shall make the effort to seek it out.

Elric of Melnibone is another fantasy character I liked as a teenager. I blame my Dad who read me The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings as bedtime stories (obviously for many years!). I seem to remember that Michael Moorcock had loads of heroes ..... Corum and Count Brass were a couple of others I think. If you've never read any Kane stories then I think they're well worth trying. I love them. Wagner wrote three Kane novels which have just been released in one volume, this is what I'm reading at the moment. The other Kane stories that I know of are all short stories, very well written and very imaginative.

Cheers

Paul :)

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Stan,

I like all the earlier Praktica stuff.

My first SLR was Practica Super TL, which was introduced in 1968, a full 10 years before the B200 that you are collecting.

I still have some prints from it, as a manual camera with TTL match needle it was great to learn about photography with.

I was so into photography that I worked in a camera shop for 2 years when I left school.

This was around the time that the Cannon AE1 set the world alight with the first AE program. And the Contax RTS was introduced, the smoothness and quality of which I will never forget. Also the OM2 was introduced but I never felt happy with Olympus. I moved on from Practica to Nikon and 20 years on am still a Nikon man.

This should be in the Photo forum I expect..... maybe we can continue it there?

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Hi Stan,

The wife's uncle takes the most fantastic natural history pictures, from small insects and flowers with macro lenses, working with a few mm's of depth of field, to birds in flight using telephoto's up to 600mm, all on old Praktrica equipment. Indeed he has never got on with a modern "auto everything" and uses his Praktrica with manual settings every time when he go's on a shoot.

His pictures are that good he gets asked to do slide presentations. Go's to show it's not the camera, but the person behind the veiwfinder.

I will not tell you what he thinks to these "new fangled" digital cameras :blink:

MIKE..

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Hello Mike,

I reckon your wife's uncle has found something that works for him and he's sticking to it. Sensible man ;)

A camera, like other things, is just a tool to do a job. It's not jewellery although some might disagree.

This man seems like he's well sorted out ;)

Cheers.

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Paul,

Sorry 'bout that. :( But at least you have your watches (and us) :D . Not to metion your Amiga emulator :D:D

He He ;)

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Good thread!

I can't compete with JoT! Sounds like a specialist subject on Mastermind!

I used to collect older Campagnolo derailleurs and other components. Also used to collect anything to do with an Irish band called Thin Lizzy.

Since moving to London I am a bit limited, can't wait to live somewhere where I can store things.

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Thin Lizzy! That takes me back, dude. :blink:

Saw 'em many years ago, live. That's very cool :D

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I love maps and reference books

I also collect knives of special interest/design

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There is a common thread here, many of us seem to collect other things. So is the interest in watches in part due to a general interest in collecting? Maybe we are all just barking!

Andy gets my vote for the "saddest" three wheel die cast models!

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Si

It was rather "sad" especially when they fell through the ceiling; my only defence is that I was working as a geologist at the time!

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Andy gets my vote for the "saddest" three wheel die cast models!

Not that sad.

Since you put thisback in my head I've been doing some research.

It seems that I have many rare models that could be worth a bit.

The "bubble" cars evidently are now very much in vogue, as are the JAP engined Morgan three wheelers that I have a few of.

I tend to agree that perhaps die cast three wheelers are a little more interesting to look at than rocks :lol:

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