So Troutbirder has slowly been creeping into the 21st century. He had already learned the minimal functions of the computer and the cell phone (but no more than minimal - except how to blog). He avoided all the latest pads, players and other techy things, though he was given an e reader for Christmas. Tweeting, twiting, facebooking and the like were not for him. He had given ebay a try some years ago and thought it too complicated. Finally, a breakthrough occurred on Friday. Informed by Mrs. T that a thorough consolidating or eviction was necessary in the garage and shed he thought forlornly of a spring garage sale till someone our friends Stave and Jewell's son in law (Chris) explained to him the concept of something called Craigs List. He decided to give it a try……
By Sunday he had sold an unused electric trolling motor and had several inquiries on a “Vintage” kerosene railroad lantern. Researching how old the lantern for sale actually was even allowed him to delve into the arcane subject of railroad history…J
The kerosene lantern was a portable, efficient light source, that could be easily seen. Even after electric flashlights began showing up, some railroad workers still preferred the lantern because it lasted longer (i.e. no batteries), gave better light (i.e. the flashlight was too directional), and I've even read about where multiple lamps were used on cold nights to provide for some warmth. At any rate, lanterns have enjoyed a long history with the railroad and today have become collector items for those fascinated with the railroad as a hobby.
Oh and the spring garage sale is canceled and Mrs. T. even suggested I should put her “vintage” Zeiss Ikon camera up for sale. I’m sure old camera collectors in the Rochester, Minnesota area will soon be bombarding me with emails about a deal! Maybe I can handle the 21st century after all.