This past weekend, I attended a huge Antique & Collectibles show in Portland. Out of 1400 vendors, there were some interesting collectors. For me, the most unique was a fellow that collects whistles. Len McDowell of Salem, Oregon had quite the collection of whistles. Never thought much about whistles, beyond modern day survival whistles, gym coaches and referees. Check out Len’s site.
A very small portion of the whistle collection on hand.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be
satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”