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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flea Market Find: The Paymaster Series 7000

Don't mess with the Paymaster! Everyone knows the Paymaster wins – everytime. Either pay now, or later. It just doesn't matter. The Paymaster WILL get paid.

Got this at a flea market for 6 dollars. Sweet.

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Anonymous Mig Reyes said...

Dude, sweet buy!

9:58 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Thanks, Bra.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Wow, incredible find! Wish I could pick one up at, say, Target. KnowhaImean?

10:35 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Not really.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

The solid state manufacturing, elegant design, and care given to delivery and even storage is reminiscent of an era and design philosophy long gone...or embraced infrequently. From the fins on the autos, kitchen appliance sporting chromed-out logos (sometimes winged), to aircraft, to print. My perception is clearly skewed as a result of having missed that era (by a long shot). But the impression I get is that there was a craftsmanship and boldness now absent from much of what we see today. Designs from I.D. magazine's, say, 53rd Annual will definitely be reflected on for many years to comes. But maybe not in the same way that I see the "Paymaster Check Printer" my Grandpa had in his old service garage...or the 50-year old refrigerator I inherited from them. -It still runs. Were these items purchased from the Target of their day? Montgomery Wards wasn't it? Sears & Roebuck? The question is...will any appliance I buy today be running in 2040 or 2050 and/or be admired for its design and functionality. The Target reference was a silly way of saying "common(ish) ground." I'd love to find hardware like the "Paymaster" readily available. But that would cheapen the experience and likely ruin the charm of it. So, as I do a 180, I'm glad it's not an everyday sight...and remains a great find.

2:16 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Now I do! Thanks for that insight. That very sentiment is the reason I look for, enjoy and subsequently share modern and vintage. To me, the missing link is less designer than consumer. People are accustom to more and cheaper, myself included I'm afraid. The days of less and better seem no longer in vogue. Perhaps that may become popular again. I would of course embrace that, but might advise against the price being silk screened on the back!

Thank Kevin for your always appreciated and insightful contribution to the blog.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got two of these in my basement in mint condition, I'm not a retailer, I just want to get rid of them. Anyone interested in buying them. Email me at barbaraalley@ymail.com

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got one as well. It's missing a "9" key on the top row, but otherwise functions properly. It does remind one of an era gone by- the late 50's to the 70's. Things will never be the same. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Interested in the machine at all, email is fink.kenneth@yahoo.com

5:23 AM  

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