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The pictured item is 3 inches wide by 4 inches high.

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28 responses to “Happy #whatsitwednesday!”

  1. kovels.com says:

    Pictured is a vintage one-cell fire alarm, marked Valiant, made in Hong Kong. It measures 4 by 3 inches.

  2. DOBIE66 says:

    Vintage One Cell Fire Alarm from 1950

  3. Carriee says:

    I’m thinking it’s a tool used by a telephone repairman.

  4. cezarrules says:

    a vintage address book

  5. zvicki says:

    I think I remember this thingie….. Is it a bike light? I know it’s 1960’s. I don’t think I had one, but I do remember seeing this somewhere.. A code breaker, or maker of codes? Gosh, I know I’ve seen this before, but I just can’t remember exactly what it was.

  6. AKLEEFELD says:

    IT IS A TELEPHONE PHONE NUMBER DIRECTORY.
    YOU DAIL THE LETTER OF NAME YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, AND IT OPENS TO THAT PAGE IN THE DIRECTORY.

  7. MaureenCook469 says:

    It is a phone log so you can keep phone number and addresses recorded in it.

  8. WillingtonGlass says:

    A drive-in movie speaker?

  9. larah86 says:

    Handheld AM transistor radio

  10. mikekarenb says:

    Personal phonebook

  11. Robimur says:

    It’s a bobbin winder for a seamstress!
    Robin M.
    art4him07@gmail.com

  12. Robimur says:

    It’s a bobbin winder for a seamstress!

    Robin M.
    art4him07@gmail.com

  13. krd54 says:

    This looks like an old pocket hand warmer I used when ice fishing.

  14. flash472002 says:

    Fire alarm.

  15. NebrJan says:

    That is an address/phone number book. You dial the number and the letters associated with the number open up.

  16. suetue says:

    My guess is a little locking money box. It’s just a guess, though.

  17. Mzgti2u says:

    This is a very bright red Valiant Fire Alarm.
    They were sold for home use before my time- I think the 1950s?
    It seems to have been spared any fires and in great condition!

  18. Andiland says:

    A vintage fire alarm

  19. rulamarr1960 says:

    It appears to be a rotary dial phone index made in Hong Kong.

  20. sk8trgrrl says:

    Smoke alarm?

  21. PPiman says:

    It’s an early fire alarm made by Canton Sons, NYC. The thing that looks like an old phone dial is actually a Piezo speaker. There is a lighter type device on the bottom to test the unit. It used one C size battery.

  22. bertram00 says:

    It’s a vintage household fire alarm from the 1950s/60s made in British Hong Kong.

  23. clippertwo says:

    Vintage security camera

  24. flamingopat says:

    A hand warmer, add a fuel, ignite and hold between hands !

  25. DianaHelen says:

    I think it’s a sweater shaver

  26. Jewels28 says:

    It’s a home fire alarm from the 1950s.

  27. devourtheword says:

    You dial it and it releases and opens up to card files with names and phone numbers.

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