Friday, October 17, 2008

Buildings with Leashes

If your souvenir buildings tend to stray, why not keep them in line with a leash? That’s what I’m reminded of when I see strings attached to souvenir buildings. They seem to be older replicas and produced of lead from the late 30's to the 50's. A chain or string is attached at one end of the building and the other to a small mechanical pencil or pen. They may have been part of a desk set or just another version of souvenirs with a second purpose…other than being a great memento and dust-collector. They tend to be smaller and measure 3-4 inches tall and probably made in Japan, as some are marked that way. If you find a building missing its leash, which I did recently, the tell-tale sign is a small loop of metal near the base of the building which is where the string was attached. I’ve seen Empire State buildings, Statue of Liberties, Rockefeller Center and a Cleveland’s Terminal Tower with stings and pens. A 3.5-inch-tall 1950's lead Rockefeller Center replica without the leash and pen sold on eBay recently for $64. Do you know of different metal building replicas with pens and leashes?

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