Friday, December 29, 2017

Antique treasures


I'm back from my 5-day trip to Phoenix. So wonderful to feel that 74-degree sunshine, although Phoenix residents find it chilly! Here are some bakelite buttons from an antiques market in Scottsdale.



This precious home-made school room was priced at $250. A steal.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas from Both of Us


This is quite a production for a Christmas Card -- it's a 6-page stapled booklet with witty verse and lively illustrations that evoke the mid-1950s...

...when people still shopped "downtown" instead of the mall.


Men still wore hats and there was a lot of fabric and swing in a woman's coat. 

I couldn't help but think about how some people relish the mad rush of Christmas shopping! This card certainly makes it all sound like madcap fun.


Something about the faces of this comic couple reminds me of Pete and Trudy Campbell of Mad Men. Perky and eager to please!

I loved finding this card in an antique shop sometime over the last year and a half.

The McMeans who sent this out sound like real cards, you should excuse the pun! 




Nice little signature illustration on the back, too. 


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

One World Needle Book, Germany, ca. 1920s


I love the graphics on this needle book and it's one world message. It's made in Germany, which has me stumped. Could this have been made during the Third Reich? It doesn't seem likely. That's why I date it circa 1920s.

But the plane near the Eiffel Tower and the bus seem more like 1930s vintage. Hmmm. Has to be the 1920s...Egypt was the rage. King Tut's tomb and all that.

It's quite nice inside, too.