Earlier this afternoon, I noticed that the City of Dallas Store's selling a Stoelting Model #22608 lie detector, which was the go-to "Emotional Stress Monitor" for the U.S. Armed Forces upon its release in the mid-1960s. I also noticed that 14 people have thus far bid on the item, which shot up the price tag from $25 to $195 with eight more days left to go. I was waiting on some return phone calls, so I rang up store operator Richard Matthews with a few more questions -- like, was this actually used within the confines of City Hall once upon a time?
Absolutely, he said -- just like the other two he's sitting on. (One's a 1999 Lafayette Ambassador 76740; the other, an Associated Research Keller Polygraph Model 6303
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.) "The Stoelting made its way through City Hall over the years," Matthews said. "It'd be cool to see who it belonged to. And I must say, I'm surprised by the response. It's a talking piece, I guess."
At which point we began talking about the other items of intrigue at the city store, which I've only seen in our once-upon-a-time blurry and rather underwhelming slide show. Most of what's for sale is either lost-and-found junk, DPD-confiscated goods (lots of stolen bikes) or city surplus items, like old teevees. But Matthews said, why, matter of fact he's got this old collapsible Corona typewriter circa 1917 -- which could very well have been used in City Hall decades ago.
Says Matthews in a follow-up e-mail: "It still contains all of the keys, ribbon and the original cleaning brush with original box." He's just not sure how to sell it. So I said: Shoot me a picture, and maybe a Friend of Unfair Park will want it. God knows we've got plenty of history buffs 'round these parts. He's asking, oh, maybe $100 -- seems plenty fair. Here's his e-mail address if you're interested. The city could sure use the dough.
We're just like the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Only, the opposite.