I want to get rid of

Craig Robertson's


These are things I will never use again but can't bear to throw in the rubbish bin. If only I can find a home for them I will be happy.

Help me and I will help you. If a convenient arrangment can be made I am willing to drop an item off in the Melbourne area at a time of mutual convenience. Or, you can stop by and pick one up. All items are free.

If you are interested in any of the items below, just slip a note

Acientific American covers- 1960s

Scientific American: 1960s

I have a number of issues of this famous journal from 1962 to 1965. This was the heyday of Martin Gardiner and his Mathematical Games column.

Amidst regular advertisements from the Rand Corporation and the likes of Bell Telephone and other famous labs, Hughes Aircraft, ITT and numerous other big corporations of the 'military-industrial complex', there are papers on emerging issues of late 20th Century sciences: physics and astronomy, biology and psychology, with some archaeology and just about anything else.

China Pictorial covers - 1970s

China Pictorial: 1970s

A series of issues from 1974 to 1977. These cover Mao's final years when leaders from almost every country on earth came to see him and get their photos taken. Lots of photos of thriving communes and happy peasants.

Then Mao dies and the now forgotten Hua, who saw off the Gang of Four, gets in all the main photos.

World War II field communications instruments

Army Memorabilia

These items come mainly from my father's period of service in the army and airforce during World War II. They are field morse code transmitters and telephony instruments.
Boyhood chemistry set

Boyhood chemistry set

This one goes back to the 1950s. I did study chemistry to university first year level but I guess it was never something I got comfortable with. After many years in my father's attic I would now like to dispose of this collection where it may be useful. However there is also an historical angle with this stuff. A number of the compound containers are from H. B. Selby and Co.; see the little round set among the jars in the photograph. They were bought at the time this company had a famous shop in Swanston St., Melbourne, just opposite the then Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Everyone who wanted laboratory or chemistry supplies shopped there for many years. You can google the history of this company.

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