Paint Salesman's Mechanical Display, ca. 1905
We got it at a flea market in Kansas City about 15 years ago.
What did you pay for it?
About $120, if I remember.
Okay, what you have here is a paint sample display. You could scroll through and see how a house would look with the various colored paints. Aside from being a very interesting device, it tells us something very interesting about how houses were painted back then-- the colorful combinations. I'd date this between 1900 and 1905. I find this absolutely fascinating. It's in very good shape. This roughness up here, it sort of fits in with the whole thing. It's not... this is not a matter of condition. The images are bright, the mechanism works, and in an advertising auction, it should sell for between $1,200 and $1,500.
That's great. Now we just have to find one of those houses so we can paint it.
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