Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Weekend treasures found: vintage crock-pot, vintage jeans, fast food toys unopened, and Albert the teaching robot

Vintage 1970's Rival Crock-Pot

One of my favorite vintage cooking wares is the Crock-Pot or slow cooker generically speaking. I remember growing up and having my mom or aunt make some delicious stew with them. So I was very happy to find one of the originals still in excellent condition and still working.

Vintage Crock-Pot by Rival box.
Vintage 70's Rival Crock-Pot box showing features

Vintage Crock-Pot by Rival colorful box.
Vintage 70's Rival Crock-Pot with picture of food in pot on box.

Vintage Crock-Pot by Rival showing other Rival products.
Vintage 70's Rival Crock-Pot box showing Rivals other products.

Top of vintage 70s Crock-Pot showing through the glass lid.
Vintage 70's Rival Crock-Pot top with lid covering pot.

Front of vintage 70s Crock-Pot showing temperature gauge.
Vintage 70's Rival Crock-Pot showing the temperature knob.


Vintage Levi black n gold and brown label jeans..."I think"?

So I have been on the hunt searching for those well sought after "red line" and big "E" Levi jeans pants. But so far they seem to be eluding me. However, in my searching, I may have come across other vintage Levi jeans. I am still trying to research the age of the jeans since they clearly do not have the distinguishable big "E" on them.
Levi's 550 Jeans pants showing the black label
Black label tag on Levi 550 Jeans.

Levi's 550 Jeans pants showing the patch on back.
Patch on back of Levi 550 Jeans.

Levi's 545 Jeans pants showing the brown label.
Levi's 545 Jeans pants with brown label.

Levi's 545 Jeans pants showing the patch on the back.
Levi's 545 Jeans pants showing patch on back.

Fast Food toys mostly unopened

If you are into collecting fast food toys and unopened these might be for you. Most are based on some movie promotion. Like the McDonald's Doug's First Movie toys. Also I have some Finding Nemo which may have come from a cereal box. Also the Optimus Prime transformer mini figure which has been opened is in great condition. The little light on his right hand still lights up when you press the button.

These types of toys from the quick serve industry may become obsolete soon and these will be valuable collectible items quickly. Taco Bell announced today they will drop kid's meals from their menu along with the toys.

Fast Food toys from McDonald's and other restaurants.
Fast Food toys unopened.

Fast Food toys from McDonald's and other restaurants.
Fast Food toys unopened.

Fast Food toys from McDonald's and Optimus Prime mini figure.
Fast Food toy Optimus Prime transformer.


Vintage toy Albert The Teaching Robot by Ph. D. Toys

I do not recall seeing this game during my childhood years. I am wondering if it was just a regional toy or maybe it did not do so well on the marketing side. This is one of the most basic "robots" toys I have ever played. Obviously, this educational toy was a breakthrough during its time since it is labeled as a robot. 
Basically, you insert the learning card onto the gold color surface and on back of the cards is the corresponding piece that when is pressed it sends a signal to the brain of this toy and it makes a BUZZ sound indicating you are correct. 
Albert the teaching robot cover
Vintage toy Albert with dated 70's looking cover
Albert the teaching robot cover showing Albert
Close up of Albert on the cover of the box
Albert the teaching robot without playing card
Albert's playing surface without playing card
Albert the teaching robot educational playing card
Educational playing cards 1 of 120.
Albert the teaching robot brain out of the box
Looks like a control center for Albert The Teaching Robot by Ph. D. Toys
I will try to get these listed on eBay and Etsy as soon as I can.


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Thanks for your cool items.