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Gary Istok in Hospital...
Well I was....http://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=619553
A wakeup call, for sure... time to lower the stress level. I still owe a few Brits some packages.... if you don't have it yet... it hasn't been sent... so don't worry about Customs holding onto it.
I'll be shipping again within a few days.... and the CDs will be going out shortly... had another problem... the new PDF generator was making the PDFs too big to fit all on a CD... so I had to reduce them AGAIN!!!
It's funny how in the Canada, UK, and Australia one would say "he is in Hospital"... but in the USA we say "he is in THE Hospital". We quirky Americans.... moiderin' the Queens English! :-)
But I'll be fine...
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I can imagine it's very stressful running a bricklink store.
I never 'met' you before you joined this forum, but it's been great having you around and long may it continue, so please look after yourself !
Funny thing is I had a dream last night about my mother... who recently passed away at 88 of cancer (I took care of her for 11 years in her battle. In the dream she said it wasn't my time...
For those of you who have ordered my 3000 page collectors guide... (or one of my older ones) they've always been dedicated to her in the Preface... and this picture shows her at her happiest... with her family in our annual Good Friday jaunt to our local Conservatory.
P.S. That's me behind my sister and her brood... including mom's great granddaughter.
Though people may own a copy of all your works, reading your comments regarding the history of LEGO, sometimes even to the nitty gritty details, is always interesting to me, in the way that Spock would say, "fascinating"!
Also, couldn't help but notice the place in your photo looks familiar, is that the greenhouse over at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in A2?
Either way, that's a very nice family photo with 4 generations....my condolences on your mom's passing.
@tk79 No it's not the Ann Arbor Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor 50 miles west of Detroit (close though!)... but Detroit's own Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (donated by the USA Scripps newspaper heiress) on Belle Isle, the largest city island park in the USA (located on the Detroit River between USA and Canada). It was mom's favorite tranquil place, and I took her there every year for the Christmas and Easter flower shows. It can house palm trees up to 80 ft. tall!...
So it's not just lego you know everything about then? :-)
Glad you're on the mend. Looking forward to learning more from your seamingly endless vault of knowledge.
The LEGO CD had its' share of problems, which didn't help my nerves at all... believe it or not... too much information for 1 CD... so I had to shrink it a little bit (PDF sizes, not data).
But the delays have had one beneficial side effect.... I've had about a dozen more updates that I didn't have before... sets you folks have never seen... and had the CD not had some production problems, would not have made it into the Chapters... 70 chapters in all...
Check this out... USA/Canada sets #750 (1963-66) which cost $50 back in the 1960s... and #7100 which cost $100 back then.... more than any other LEGO sets until the current century...
And lastly... a set that was in the 1956 Norway and Sweden catalogs #1237. The #1236 plus the #1237 set, when put together make up the #310 Esso Service Set. The Billund Archives have no record of the 1237 set (although the 1236 they do)... but it may just exist, since the Billund folks admitted to me that they weren't aware of a lot of what was going on in Norway and Sweden in the 1950s... and what was going on in the USA and Canada in the 1960s.... so they have no records on any of these sets...
Getting back to sanity... and shipping... and a few more PDFs to send to the CD makers.... including some updates to the Counterfeit LEGO chapter.
P.S. All LEGO CD orders in my Bricklink store get automatic freebies as well... Gary Istok Rare Bricks. Not a shameless plug... just gotta pay for some expensive medicine! :-( Also, I found a USA only (1968-70) 2x10 trans-clear brick (NEW), now in my store.
Since you folks love my LEGO history.....
Here is a 1953-55 LEGO set.... the 700/3.... they packed them by hand and they were shrinkwrapped over the packed parts. With their attractive checkerboard designs, these early sets are works of art in themselves!!
The first image shows slotted bricks (the windows/doors didn't have studs on top back then, they were held in place by the slots on the sides that the protruding "wings" of the windows fit into. There should have been 4 colors in this set, but what likely happened was the LEGO employee ran out of red bricks... and made do with what she (yes she) had to work with until more red bricks arrived at her work station.
The 2nd image is the box top to this set, showing KKK and his older sister Gunhild (they together own all of TLG). These 2 images are from Chapter 5 (LEGO Basic Sets 1953-72).
The 3rd image (dates to 1957, in the LEGO History Chapter 57) is a historic pic of a LEGO employee packing these sets.
The 4th pic (dates to 1959, in the LEGO Retailer Catalogs Chapter 53). These all show these early 1953-65 basic sets that were packed by hand in the Checkerboard fashion.
Cheers, (and thanks!!!)
Gary Istok.... mending from the laptop in bed....
P.S. If you want a copy of my nearly 3,000 page mostly color images CD, but don't have a Bricklink account, you can always just Paypal me directly (mentioning the CD of course) at account ..... [email protected] ..... $29.95 + $2.85 shipping outside North America... $1.85 shipping in North America
Now back to PDFing....
Just snuck in another image for a Dutch collector... Cologne Cathedral in 1960 in BIllund...
Huw, I'll give you a few days notice! Thanks!