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WSJ article about collections, and what the collectors are worried about – “Young people today have little interest in the stamp, coin or knickknack collections of their elders, so an aging America can’t help but wonder: What’s going to happen to all those boxes in the basement?…In Palo Alto, Calif., Tom Wyman, 78, has about 900 antique slide rules. Mr. Wyman belongs to the 430-member Oughtred Society, named for William Oughtred, who in the 1620s invented an early form of the slide rule. The group hosts lectures to entice youngsters to embrace slide-rule collecting. But Mr. Wyman says such “missionary work” is a hard sell.” [via] Link.

Pictured here, slide rule collection from the The Oughtred Society – Link.

Makers – what do you collect? Post up in comments (and links to photos if you have them!).

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. PhantomBantantam says:

    Old apple products.

  2. DGary says:

    CRTs, not by choice, I just can’t get rid of them legally

  3. super_J_dynamite says:

    “CRTs, not by choice, I just can’t get rid of them legally”

    Well, good on you for not just dumping them.

    Have you checked with your municipal trash service about household hazmat collections? If they won’t come and get them, there’s often a place you can take consumer electronics.

    Also, there’s probably some type of computer recycling entity in your area. The last time I checked the one closest to me charged a small fee to take monitors (because they may have to in turn dispose of it).

  4. MrGuilt says:

    I have a small slide rule collection–perhaps four or five pieces.

    My larger collection is fountain pens. This ranges from modern pieces to ones dating back to the nineteenth century.

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