About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock Restoration

Being very far-sighted, having a modern alarm clock next to the bed with large LED numbers is a great convenience for seeing the time at night. However, I have always hated the electronic alarm sound and neither do I want music since it tends to put me back to sleep. The old fashioned wind-up mechanical alarm clocks did the job quite handily, and I missed having such a clock after many decades of doing without. So, I decided to look for a Peanuts-themed clock from the 1960s or 70s. This Snoop alarm clock came up for bid on eBay, and I picked it up for under $10, probably because the seller said it did not work. He was correct that it Evapo-Rust Non-Hazardous Rust Removerdidn't work in its selling condition. However, I disassembled the entire clock and soaked it in Evapo-Rust for about half a day, took it out, rinsed, dried, and oiled it, and the clock has been keeping perfect (enough) time ever since. Only one set of winder handle and adjuster knob came with it, but fortunately I had a similar West German alarm clock available to 'borrow" a second set from.

See below for an interesting (to me, anyway) anecdote of Peanuts irony.

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock (front) - Airplanes and Rockets   Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock (back) - Airplanes and Rockets   Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock (top) - Airplanes and Rockets

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock (before soaking in Evapo-Rust) - Airplanes and Rockets

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock

 

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock with Comic Strip - Airplanes and Rockets


"Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz" - Airplanes and RocketsLast night, whilst reading through the book Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, I stoped for a moment to reach over and wind the Snoopy alarm clock. Immediately after setting it back down on the night stand, I turned the page and the comic strip above was at the top of the page. Is that an incredible bit of irony or what?


Since I now have a few different pages with Peanuts paraphernalia, this list is provided to enable finding all of them.

- My issues of The Saturday Evening Post

- My Peanuts Memorabilia Collection
- Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock Restoration
- Saturday Evening Post "Li'l Folks" Comics by Charles Schulz
- First TV Airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 1965 TV Guide
- Peanuts Toys - Featuring Snoopy the Astronaut, 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book

 

 

Posted January 25, 2014