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A Crime with a Rhyme Leads to Hard Time

The robbers of today just don’t have style…at least not compared to the infamous Black Bart.

Charles Earl Bowles, known more commonly as Black Bart, held up over two dozen Wells Fargo stagecoaches in northern California between 1875 and 1883. He was very successful, making off with thousands of dollars a year.

What really sealed his notoriety, however, were the bits of poetry he left behind after two of his crimes. Thanks to these verses, he was forever known in history as having a higher level of style and sophistication than the average bandit. One of his poems, left behind at the site of a holdup in late July 1878 read:

“Here I lay me down to sleep To wait the coming morrow, Perhaps success, perhaps defeat, And everlasting sorrow. Let come what will, I’ll try it on, My condition can’t be worse; And if there’s money in that box ‘Tis munny in my purse.”

After several more successful heists, his career came to a halt after a Wells Fargo stagecoach robbery on this day in 1883. The strongbox holding the precious Wells Fargo cargo has been bolted to the coach’s wooden floor. It took Black Bart time to remove the security box. During this time, the stagecoach driver was Security Mailboxable to get a rifle from a nearby hunter and fired shots at Black Bart. He missed. The hunter reached the scene, took his rifle back and fired shots that found their target, wounding Black Bart as he ran for his escape.

If not for the that locked and bolted security mailbox, he likely would have gotten away with this heist. What lesson can be learned from this event? In the tradition of Black Bart, let’s explore the idea in verse:

Waiting for a supply of checks
can turn us into nervous wrecks,
or fearing a mail-ordered gift
becomes the prize a thief will lift.
When it comes to mail, no need to worry.
We have the answer, in a hurry.
For checks, Rx, credit cards and more
The Deadbolt Mailbox has a locking door!

This is the steel locking security mailbox that prevents theft by storing mail inside a dead-bolted vault. The 14-gauge, powder-coated steel mailbox’s door locks with two steel dead bolts and is only accessible when the correct code (one to eight digits) is entered on the electronic keypad.

Our security mailbox thwarts thieves from pilfering a box of checks, your mail-order prescriptions, birthday cards with cash from Aunt Sally and more.

What thwarted Black Bart 130 years ago was the bullet that injured his hand. Although he fled the scene, he left behind a handkerchief that bore a laundry marking. Investigators eventually traced the marking to a laundry in San Francisco, where they were able to identify the handkerchief as belonging to Black Bart. The outlaw was convicted and sentenced to six years in San Quentin prison.

While Black Bart targeted stagecoaches, today’s robbers prefer non-moving targets; according to recent FBI statistics, a burglary occurs every 14.4 seconds. That’s why we also offer other innovative ways to secure your valuables inside your home, to keep vital documents dry and safe in a flood, and even to deter thieves while you frolic outdoors.

The Digital Combination Lock Hotel Safe uses the same digital combination lock sought by hotels worldwide for securing guests’ valuables. The Waterproof Bolt Down Safe remains 100% waterproof—even when fully submerged—and bolts to a floor for optimal safekeeping of sensitive belongings. The Alarm Sounding Beach Safe sounds a piercing alarm when its security cable is cut, so you can store your valuables and enjoy the beach or pool without worry.

In Heated Competition, The Best Toaster Oven Prevails Again

The Institute was a very popular place last week as the enticing aroma of fresh bakedBest Toaster Oven goods wafted throughout our office. Of course, this was all in the name of science, as they needed to cook a wide variety of foods to accurately assess the performance of different toaster ovens. After much toasting, baking, broiling, and noshing, the Institute determined that The Best Toaster Oven we currently offer still ranks number one in the marketplace. They also observed that it’s far easier to assemble a testing panel for toaster ovens than it is for digital scales.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

This is The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, rated such by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it restored the original luster of jewelry better than any other model tested.

Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerTo test all models, jewelry was coated with a mixture of hair gel, hand lotion, and dirt, then placed in a microwave oven to solidify. Using a scale accurate to .0001 grams, and independent laboratory weighed each item before and after one cycle in each cleaner. The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner was found to have removed 99.8% of the baked-on mess, superior to all other models.

The Best Model uses 42,000 Hz of sound waves and water from it’s 18-ounce reservoir to reach deep into crevices of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watchbands to effectively remove debris from even the most hard-to-reach parts of the jewelry. And that’s without adding soap, which can be used if desired. The crystal clear LED screen has a digital timer for ease of use, with a simple-to-follow instruction manual.

Jewelry is an expensive and precious commodity. Keep it looking brand new with The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

 

All Day Gel Seat

The All Day Gel Seat was designed to relieve point-of-contact pressure for those who spend their days confined to an office chair or car seat.

All Day Gel SeatFilled with soft visco-elastic gel and memory foam, The All Day Gel Seat disperses the users weight evenly to alleviate pressure points. It includes a depression in the center of the seat that also relieves pressure on the tailbone. To encourage correct lumbar curvature, the surface of the gel seat has a subtle 5-degree slope that promotes proper pelvic posture. Perforations in the surface provide ventilation, and an integrated handle lets the user easily transport the seat from office to automobile.

Do you know a truck driver, car messenger, or office worker? The All Day Gel Seat from Hammacher Schlemmer is a great gift for anyone who sits for extended periods of time each day.

The All Day Gel Seat

Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier

Quietly, naturally, sanitize the air in your home, with The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier from Hammacher Schlemmer.

An independent laboratory confirmed that The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier destroyed 100% of bacteria and mold regardless of the microorganism’s size or hazard level.

Mold and Germ Destroying Air PurifierWithout a filter, and without a sound, this air purifier  eliminates up to 100% of airborne bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, and pollen in your air. The impurities are silently drawn into the patented ceramic heating chamber, where 400-degree heat awaits to instantly destroy impurities. The sanitized air is cooled and recirculated into the room, providing a healthier breathing environment without producing ozone or requiring you to clean or replace a costly filter. The air purifier remains cool to the touch, and the heat it produces will not affect room temperature.

With its sleek modern look, and quiet operation, you’ll love having The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier in your home, knowing airborne impurities aren’t just being filtered from your air. They’re being eliminated forever.

The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier

Southern Sweet Tea Brewer

This is The Authentic Southern Sweet Tea Brewer, the tea brewing machine that has perfectly steeped and sweetened tea ready in 10 minutes.

Southern Sweet Tea BrewerIf you’ve ever smelled the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, and wished you could have the same experience when making tea, wish no more. As simple to use as a coffee maker, while needing only the same amount of counter space, the Southern Sweet Tea Brewer steeps tea at 204 degrees — the ideal steeping temperature — to extract the ideal flavor, whether you use loose leaf or bagged tea. You choose the strength by simply turning the dial.

Hate having gritty sugar crystals in your tea? No problem, as the Southern Sweet Tea Brewer adds your preferred amount of sweetener while the tea is still hot, ensuring the sugar granules dissolve for consistent sweetness through the entire pitcher. The 2 1/2-quart glass pitcher has an ice level marking for the perfect cooling ratio, and the unit includes a reusable stainless steel tea filter.

Have a taste for real southern brewed sweet tea? The Southern Sweet Tea Brewer brings the flavor of the south right to your own kitchen.

The Authentic Southern Sweet Tea Brewer

Temperature Regulating Sheets

These are The Temperature Regulating Sheets, the bedroom sheet sets that deploy material developed by NASA to provide astronauts with a comfortable sleep experience even in extreme temperature fluctuations.

Temperature Regulating SheetsMillions of invisible microcapsules embedded in the sheets provide the technology behind The Temperature Regulating Sheets. They absorb excess heat when you’re hot, then release the heat when you are cold, maintaining comfortable bed temperature and humidity. And since the microcapsules adjust independently to an individual’s climate, two people sharing a bed aren’t relegated to the same settings the way they would be under an electric blanket.

Available in King, Queen, Full, and Twin sizes and 4 different colors, the sheet sets’ 350-thread count blended cotton fabric is impeccably soft and machine washable. When the change of seasons bring changing sleeping temperatures, be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store, with The Temperature Regulating Sheets from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Temperature Regulating Sheets

Cooling Pillow

This is The Cooling Pillow that provides a comfortably cool sleeping surface, thanks to a patented fabric developed for NASA to help keep astronauts cool in space.

Cooling PillowFortunately, you don’t have to worry about your Cooling Pillow flying away in zero gravity. All you need do is enjoy the millions of microcapsules that absorbs heat to move warmth away from your head and neck as you sleep, giving you a cool slumbering surface throughout the night. Both sides of the pillow are covered by the microcapsule material, and their effectiveness is unaffected by any pillowcase you choose to use as a cover. The Cooling Pillow is filled with a spiral-crimped polyester that has a loose, thread-like texture for long-lasting loft, and is encased in a removable, washable cover that is hypoallergenic.

Lay your head down in comfort, with space-age technology, on The Cooling Pillow, from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Cooling Pillow

Best Electric Blender

This is The Best Electric Blender, having earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it crushed ice and blended fruit and vegetables to the smoothest consistency.

Best Electric BlenderThe biggest test for any blender is ice, and The Institute put 20 ice cubes in each model. While others needed almost a minute to fully crush the ice cubes, The Best model needed just 11 seconds to turn them into snow. Of course, the results may seem unfair, considering The Best Electric Blender has six blades, positioned at the bottom, middle, and top of the pitcher, a number none of the other blenders can match. Those same six blades helped The Best model turn bananas and strawberries into smoothies that weren’t lumpy, like drinks produced by lesser machines.

When the pitcher was filled with ice, The Best model blended it without incurring damage, while it withstood repeated cleanings in a dishwasher safely, leading to a perfect score from The Institute for durability. With its three speeds plus a pulse function, and the pour spouts built into the lid of the 72 ounce pitcher, The Best model scores again with its ease-of-use. Make your smoothies and frozen drinks faster with The Best Electric Blender from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Electric Blender

Wall Mounted Lighted Jewelry Armoire

This is The Lighted Jewelry Armoire that mounts to a wall for easy access to over 100 safely stored pieces of jewelry.

Wall Mounted Lighted Jewelry ArmoireAvailable exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the jewelry armoire has three LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet to help you quickly locate jewelry. The inside panel of the door contains wooden shelves that hols as many as 36 pairs of earrings. In the main cabinet, the padded rolls snugly squeeze up to 60 rings, 8 hooks let you hang necklaces and bracelets, and 4 bins allow storage for pendants and broaches. The microfiber lining throughout prevents tarnishing.

Wall Mounted Lighted Jewelry ArmoireThe Lighted Jewelry Armoire has a mirrored front panel, and is ready to mount with no assembly required. All mounting hardware is included, with instructions. This jewelry armoire stands 24 inches high; for larger collections, Hammacher Schlemmer also offers a 45-inch high armoire built to accommodate up to 160 pieces.

Eliminate wasted time spent rifling through dresser drawers for that second earring. Get The Lighted Jewelry Armoire and have all your jewelry conveniently, safely at the ready.

The Lighted Jewelry Armoire