Trash rack victory!! Half price monitor and memory of a free one

Someone threw out an HP Z27 monitor for the understandable defect of something having struck the upper left of the screen and ruining it there. I bought for about half the cost of the original monitour a replacement LCD direct from China for the thing, which arrived to at work. After doing some real botchwork with a sewing machine on a skirt I sortof succeeded in altering, I reassembled the monitor and it works now. 3840 × 2160 and I have to run it at 25/100 brightness (via OSD) to be able to look at the thing.

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Animal croquet from China in the maybe 70s

More consumer product archaeology. Found this in a display case at my grand mothers old house.

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Animal Croquet / Made in China. I cannot tell what is under the black mark. I do not know the four characters in the upper right. The white parallel lines are very old packing tape.

I’m guessing this is pre-1973 and the “China” refers to what we now call Taiwan. The characters above “Made in China” begin with 中國 and not 中国, so it is unlikely it came from larger China. Hong Kong, being British at this time, would have been marked “Made in Hong Kong” most likely. Similary with (Portugeze) Macau. Both Chinas were then under single party despotizms of different sorts, KMT or CPC.

All this aside, it is a little strange and somewhat freaky. It cost 1.50 USD according to the price tag on the back of the box. Note the strange, possibly custom, font for “Croquet”.