Thursday, March 28, 2013

Get dressed again!

 MORE awesomely awesome vintage dresses.

rockabilly on 5th Avenue!  
In shiny silky synthetic

MORE silk, in wiggle dress form.
Note the adorable little bows on the skirt.

Beautifully blouson, and amazingly non-hideous, considering it's from the 1970s.

 World's Most Beautiful Circa 1980 Secretary Dress, now in captivity!!

Who doesn't love Lucy?
The above is not a Lucy-era dress.  It's from the early 1980s, when this look was slightly popular.  I had a dress or two somewhat like this, which I would wear to my summer job at The Dry Goods, which is a long-gone discount department store.  (It was a satellite of the original Wilmington Dry Goods, info on which is all over the 'net.)  Being the class act that I was, they stuck me in the Designer department, where we were selling actual high-end designer stuff.  One of the things I remember most vividly about that summer was ironing what I was going to wear, while watching some video show that ran in the early mornings on Channel 29.

The other thing I remember about that summer is that somehow I became addicted to eating bagels with cream cheese, washed down with a vanilla milkshake.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International monetary managers

That's CUTE international monetary managers,

i.e. ...

1960s NOS (new old stock) change purses!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

People get red-y

Lotsa red stuff!!

including, but not limited to...

1970s trim featuring old cars.

1960s Coke tray for the Spanish-speaking market, the sides of which tell us that Coke is 'refresca en grande.'


Adorable little bakelite Scottie dog.  

Speaking of dogs, a Swing Era doggie print necktie.

and another Swing Era tie with bouncing paisley.

A 1960s Tastykake Tastydoll!!

AWESOME Mad Men Era Izod Lacoste sweater.

Some of the stuff above is sold already, some not.  I just thought you'd like to see it all.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I guess that's why they call it the blues

Blue and white Victorian overshot coverlet.  I've found oodles of these over the years, but this one has by far the most sophisticated design.

classic Mad Men era thermoset bracelet. 

slightly earlier than the Mad Men era scarf from France. 

late 1960s grooviness

back to Mad Men days with this adorable sweater

Jack Frost Sugar was a sugar refiner in Philly back in the day.  Where once was the factory is now the Sugarhouse Casino.

The World's Most Exquisite Seascape.  Small but potently awesome.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mid-Century Modern

at its Mid-Century Modern-est!

They're ashtrays, obviously, but since nobody with a 3-digit IQ smokes anymore, they'd also be just fine for candy and such like.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A new addition to the furmily

Two Wednesdays ago, I went to the Ash Wednesday noon service at this Methodist Church I used to work at.*

I parked outside the church, and the moment I exited the car, I was approached by a woman all in a tizzy about a little kitten who was in the church yard, crying his little heart out.  

I climbed the fence, and retrieved him, then put him into a box in my car, then went into the service.  (The car was really warm.  This time of year, I drive with the heat turned up to the high heavens.)  When I came out from the service, he was still in the box.

We drove home, and he was SOOO good.  Just chilled in the box the whole time.  

He was in lockdown for a few days before I introduced him to the rest of the gang, and when he finally came out, I took his picture.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you Lester.

'Jeez, lady,' you say.  'How many cats is that??  We've already seen FOUR of your cats on this blog.'

Well, see, I had two pass away last year.  And one the year before that.  Two were old and full of years, one wasn't (Jersey Joe) but he lived a whole lot longer than any of us would have expected, given his health challenges.  

Here's Lester and a sleeping Starlin.

Therefore we're holding at five -- and note that I've never had more than six at a time ------ which is a lot fewer than a lot of folks I know who are involved in animal welfare stuff have.

So there.

*The church is Frankford Memorial United Methodist, located at 1300 Dyre Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.  It's a very beautiful church, and you should visit it if you're ever in town.

Be all you can be...


That's a line from an old PSA (not just READ.  It was 'Be all you can be..  Read.'  

Got it?

"Where can I find some good reading?" you ask.

I confidently reply, "My husband's blog!"

Even though he's originally from the Bronx, and boy, does he sound like it -- I often find myself hoping there will someday be English subtitles crawling across his chest as he speaks -- he's all literate and a good writer and what and what.  Honest.

Check it out:

What a boar

You like?

Circa 1905 brass.

Probably began life as an ashtray.