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Anyone remember the old Popular Science ads?

I thought this was a good classic to share. Even though this ad pre-dates me by 6yrs, it puts a smile to my face :) 

 

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I Googled it to see what I could find out about it as it seemed interesting, all I ended up finding was the Garret Treasure Probe.  Someone must have one in a collection somewhere.  Love the old ads.

https://prospectingworld.com/products/treasure-probe-garrett

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I can't believe they sell these, a worn out phillips head screwdriver for $15 USD! :ohmy:    I guess the brass makes it damage coins less with contact?  Probably handy if you don't want to dig holes in a perfect lawn.

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I have one as holes are not allowed in the parks in my city, just popping with a screwdriver.  I use the probe to find the object first. I'm not talented at it AT ALL yet. Honestly unless I cheat and cut the turf with a pocketknife first it hurts my hands. I've mostly gone other places. 

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I don't remember that specific ad but there were multiple 'build your own' articles you could start from scratch, as well as a few kits.  See this thread where I pictured my (broken) Heathkit GD-48.  (See this Findmall thread where someone posted a tantalizing but incomplete schematic.  Phrunt will be building one, now.  😁  https://www.findmall.com/read.php?56,2145436). Those come up on Ebay frequently.  Apparently injection molded plastics were still in their infancy(?) since the housings (control unit and searchcoil) were flimsy and broke easily.

 

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Damn right I will, thanks :laugh: a bit of fun... might get my daughter involved.

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21 hours ago, phrunt said:

I can't believe they sell these, a worn out phillips head screwdriver for $15 USD!

These ones are half the price and go just as deep:biggrin:

 

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Yeah, I have a brass probe, but not a Garrett one. Mine is half that. Its a brass rod stuck in plastic, hard to get wrong I figured, bought the cheapest version on Amazon.

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As a kid who started using detectors in the early 70's, I always wondered how much better the other brands and models were vs what I had.  The big break in technology to me, was when DISCRIMINATION came out.

Here is one from 1970.

Thanks for making me feel young again.

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Those magazine illustrators really were skillful at their task, getting us to fantasize over the possibilities.  Just another lost art in today's internet/social-media/cellphone/selfie photo-dominated age.  Here's a slightly later issue (vol. 3, #3) from 1971.  Remind anyone of Northern Nevada desert (or Southern Nevada, Northern Arizona, SE California,....?

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And the back cover:

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From the accompanying article (written by the infamous Bill Mahan, founder of D-Tex):

The total count was 202x silver dollars, 79x $20 gold pieces, 53x $10 gold pieces, 43x $5 gold pieces, 2x $2.50 gold pieces.  Mint dates range from 1850-1881.  The detector Charles had borrowed form his dad was an old 1966 model D-Tex Standard....  He barely had a signal.  It was (later) found that the battery was down to less than 4 volts.  It was purly accidental that he detected anything at all.

Any detectorist's bucket lister includes a gold coin.  How about a cache of 177?  Imagine the world-wide media attention such a 6-7 figure find would garner today.

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Bloke I know got one of these things a number of years ago. He tries to deny it if you tell people 😁  Piece of junk. 

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