Rotary Dial

Photographed with an iPhone 4.
Toolbox: Hipstamatic (lens: Melodie, film: BlacKeys B+W)

American Science and Surplus
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
December 24, 2010

If you are ever in Milwaukee, apart from the beer and a highly recommended 5 Card Studs show, you should also stop at American Science and Surplus. It’s been at the same location on West Oklahoma Avenue since Dr. Research was making educational films for Frank Capra.

Stroll through the aisles. You’ll find joy buzzers, sea monkeys, beakers, HAZMAT suits, old pens, and even old rotary dial telephones. It’s like Archie McPhee without the Yodeling Pickles. Oh no wait… that’s aisle 1.

They also have a real Tesla Coil. I want one. Sadly, it’s not for sale, but if you ask nicely, they may fire it up for you.