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What are these vintage LEGO-like window pieces?

These parts are from Supercity, made by Ideal
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Which set had these LEGO cars with Pat. Pend.?

These are Train Base 4 x 7 with Wheels Holder with Train Wheel with 2 x 2 Stud Center, Traction Teeth and Turntable 4 x 4 Complete, Perfectly Round They were found in two sets from 1966:
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Please help identify this vintage (but non-Lego) brick!

That is a Kawada Dia Block made in Japan. Entex and Sears imported those into the US in the 70’s and 80’s and repackaged them under such brands as Loc Bloc and Brix Blox. The “S” is actually a K on ...
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Identifying Vintage LEGO Instructions

These are instructions from "LEGO Books - Idea Book #1 or 221", that was released in 1973. YouTuber BrickTsar uploaded his entire childhood book HERE. Similar to the LEGO Idea books I had as a kid ...
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Old RCX Wires Have Become Grey and Brittle

This is a common issue with the older Lego 9V cables. Lots of sources, including myself, have experienced the same thing - this particular chemistry of insulation ages poorly, no matter how well it's ...
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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

It's a "Vehicle, Tipper End Flat with Pins". It was used in trains (but not only trains) a long time ago (1969-1982), and I actually have a couple from a train I owned as a kid.
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Trying to identify an old 2 x 7 white LEGO plate with a hole in the middle and 4 holes on the side

This is Part# 824 : Train Base 4 x 7 with Wheels Holder It appears in 2 train sets from 1966
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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

They're part of the 1972 train-sets 130, 171, 180, 181 and 724 (picture is set 130) Yellow version is part of the 1979 technic-set 856.
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How do I know if this wooden LEGO duck is real?

Every Lego wooden duck I have seen, whether in person or on the internet, is sitting on a platform with the wheels attached to the platform. This is the original version: Here is a later version: ...
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How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I just built the bridge yesterday. I didn't have all the parts so had to be creative at some points. I'll improve some joints once I picked up more of my Lego at my dads' place. Very funny project! ...
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Please help identify this vintage (but non-Lego) brick!

I have solved the mystery. After searching up many different vintage plastic bricks (I had no idea there were so many), I stumbled upon LOC BLOC, made in the USA in the 1970's by a company called ...
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Totally stumped! Part ID - unusual crane part?

This is Vehicle, Tractor Chassis Base 11 x 2 x 3
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Rare Lego Mursten box. Where can I sell it and what would I ask?

Your box is a 700/1 Swedish box (a 700/2 doesn't have that much blue space above and below the image). Value depends on what is inside as well: the bricks/windows/doors, as well as if the interior ...
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What did LEGO bricks look like in the past?

The earliest LEGO bricks were made in 1949, and they had completely empty undersides with vertical notches in two of their sides for attaching windows, doors and decorative cardboard inserts: Then in ...
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Which LEGO set bricks with words Basel, Genova, Hamburg, Post belong to?

Those pieces were in one set: 113-2 from 1966.
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Need help with a vintage LEGO set

It seems like this is some variation of #700 set from Town Plan (Bricklink / Brickset). I don't know too much about them, but I read somewhere there were some differences between same numbered sets ...
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Can you identify this old set with LEGOLAND minifigs?

It is one box from 364-1: Harbour Scene from 1975: Here's what the particular box looked like in newer condition: And here's the set freshly opened with your box slotted into its place. Your box is ...
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Identifying this turbine piece with a stud and a Technic axel

It's part 4869 - Engine, Smooth Large, Center.
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Will the Duplo train track extension set 10872 work with Duplo train set 2700?

From a train point of view those wheels will fit happily within the guides of the bridge, and the connections on the tracks should just about fit as well. I'm fairly sure we bought our bridge when we ...
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How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

Thanks for your help with this construction. I have made a faithful copy of this 1968 catalog bridge, pics:- Also a list of components. Hope that's helpful. I have a 12 image photo diary of the ...
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Why are pat pending bricks rarer and treasured more than patented bricks?

As I understand it, "Pat. Pend." bricks were made in the 1960's. Later around 1970 they removed "Pat. Pend." by carving it out of the molds, so there is a lump in place of it. These are sometimes ...
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Why are these bricks slightly shorter than normal?

For starters, having that as a production error is completely impossible, given the industrial precision of our beloved bricks. The LEGO group has been incredibly careful for decades about the ...
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Rare Lego Mursten box. Where can I sell it and what would I ask?

As Syberion mentioned, Gary Isztok is the authority on old LEGO sets. Mursten (Bricks in most Scandinavian languages) is the old name for the LEGO line (after Automatic Binding Bricks but before LEGO ...
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Was "3062oldtile" in any sets?

This seems to be a prototype / part that was not put in production Post / Picture by Gary Istok on Eurobricks
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Identify parts number - two sides and top of a square (one solid piece)

This is part # 821 Garage Door Frame
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Why are pat pending bricks rarer and treasured more than patented bricks?

They are rarer because fewer exists, they were made a long time ago, and LEGO has procuded many more elements since. They are treasured by some because some collectors value having accurate bricks in ...
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I have a vintage set box with the kids on it. Should I continue collecting era appropriate pieces to refill it?

Given the quality of LEGO bricks, I would argue that an original box filled with the correct amount of the correct bricks from the same time period as the box is INDISTINGUISHABLE from an opened box ...
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Looking for older conducting train tracks

Such place indeed exist and it is called Bricklink, a website dedicated to trading LEGO items. It has extensive history and great catalog of LEGO items found on the internet. Prices and quality are, ...
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Need help with a vintage LEGO set

[I'm going with Alex's identification here of set 700.1-2 "Gift Package".] This is a very vintage set in LEGO land. Twice as many people want it on brickset as have it. There aren't many ...
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Please help identify this vintage (but non-Lego) brick!

This is positively a Kawada brick: Thanks to @Dean Rumsey for pointing me in the right direction to find an example so any doubts can be put to rest. He seems to be paraphrasing the Wiki article that ...
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