Sunday, September 30, 2012

non-heavy metal

First up, this adorable Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired, WPA artist-painted wall match safe:

Next, a similarly adorable 1940's toleware cart, with a label from the Philadelphia Fine Arts Studio:

Then there's a late 1950's or early '60s miniature cast iron grinder:

And lastly, a marvelous relic from the Golden Age of Figural Pencil Sharpeners:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sabre Dance

So last week my hubs loses one of his two sets of car keys.  

He has this bizarre obsession that he must have both sets on him at all times, even though a) they're identical in every way, and b) he only needs one set to run his car. 

Then one evening after supper, while I'm at the computer selling stuff on Etsy and listening to Dave Edmunds' version of Sabre Dance, hubs comes downstairs proudly displaying both sets of keys, and commences to dance to the music while waving the keys around.

Here's the song from YouTube.  Now close your eyes and imagine a grey-bearded gent in a grubby t-shirt and Dockers shorts dancing to it while waving car keys.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A million pardons

but I'm not sure where this glittering personage is from.
He's probably supposed to be North African, or maybe Middle Eastern, but I think there's a remote possibility he's an East Indian nabob.

OR maybe here's a European in costume.  That actually makes more sense since the late 19th/early 20th century was a big time for exploration and the explorers liked to go native now and again.


Cross-species amity
 Rendered in wood.

My compliments to...

the chefs!!

1950's vinyl wallcovering for your 1950's kitchen!!

Could it possibly get cuter than this, cuisine-ally speaking?

No, it could not.

Monday, September 17, 2012


charm bracelets!

An early 70's example with lotsa sterling charms:

 A souvenir bracelet from the world's fifth smallest country:

Can you spare a dime?


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Lovely yummy delicious 1920's cutwork!!

WWII-era adorableness

Could it possibly get sweeter than this?

Or this?

Or this?

Or this?

I think not. 

Just so you know, this is the Play Awhile set of puzzles by All-Fair Picture Puzzles.

Have a seat

or have three, plus a piano.

Just when you think you've seen EVERYTHING that was ever stamped 'Occupied Japan,' you find something else.

crafty 1970's

When they weren't doing macrame or decoupage or making terrariums (terraria?) or making wall hangings by winding wire around nails embedded in plywood, the crafty set would be busily making brooches from eyeglass lenses.

Like these very sweet, much more interesting than usual examples:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New upcoming TV show starring...

my ties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A new show is in the works set in early 1960's Las Vegas, and thus far I have sold the costumer (or the costumer's buyer) thirteen ties.  The show's working title is Vegas.  

Apparently, they producers are not aware that in the last 30-something years, there were two other -- unrelated - series called Vegas.

So which ties should you look for when the show debuts? 

These ones below:

Friday, September 7, 2012


From a circa 1969 Dodge Swinger.

The car is long gone.  

Its name remains.