Sunday, April 6, 2014

Great Pickin' Day at Alameda Point

The day started off great with the purchase of some vintage grocery store posters. The first is a 17"x22" for Hi Lex liquid Bleach "For Snowy White Clothes". Next came a nice 11"x14" poster for Carnation Chocolate Milk and lastly three Dr.Pepper Calendars from 1964, '66 and '67. The '66 and the '67 Feature Donna Loren and are magnificent!

Next I came upon a vintage newspaper from August 9, 1923 that announces the death of President Warren G. Harding in San Francisco. It is the complete front section of the San Francisco Examiner. The condition was a little rough but I have some voodoo I can use to make it look better. BTW what is "apoplexy"?

Next it was off to the housewares department where I snagged not one but two sets of vintage kitchen canisters. One set in teal and the other in red and white. They are in great condition except for a small crack in the blue sugar canister. The Coronet Brandy glass looks normal size it is actually about 12 inches tall and could probably hold a fifth of brandy! Never seen one of these before and love the kitschy cartoon figure. Condition is pristine. Lastly I picked up a vintage guitar clock from the sixties made by the United clock company. I had one of these before but I was made an offer I couldn't refuse!

Finally I spent about 45 minutes going through three boxes of $1 photos. There was some great stuff in there. I purchased 22 8'X10" and a single 11"x14". I love vintage fashion or store display pics. Also like battleships and pretty girls! Who doesn't?

This leotard wearing super spy is doing the karate chop pose complete with Man from U.N.C.L.E. poster in the background. Classic!

Vintage Adele Simpson store display pic from sixties or seventies. Here is some basic info about her:

Nice vintage store display featuring Vogue in the background.

Anybody know where "Confucious" restaurant was?

Nice vintage store display featuring Vogue in the background.

Not sure what this guy is doing. I though it was a radio DJ pic but it all looks fake.

Nice vintage bakery store window display.

This looks like a photo shoot for a decorating magazine or newspaper article. 1950's?

Another great vintage interior shot. This could be inside a department store or it could be someone's home. Not sure but looks pretty neat.

Vintage travel office store window display for British West Indies Airways. They went under in 2006. This is probably from the 1960's.

Bob's Dinners-Cocktails and smorgasboard. Looks great! I want to eat there.

This looks to me like a movie set. I liked to two beauties in the vintage clothes.

Could be Emporium, Capwells or Magnin's at Christmas. The stamp on the back had the old style phone numbers pre area code (GLencourt 2-0501) so it is at least sixties or earlier plus no ZIP code on the address stamp (pre 1964). This was from Oakland photographer Herrington Olson Photography located at 769 22nd Street, Oakland, CA

The Missouri, New Jersey, Iowa or Wisconsin. Any takers?

Great vintage auto pic!
Almost forgot! Grabbed two vintage Mills High School yearbooks from 1965 and '66. I am actually working on a new CD project with several people that graduated on 1966! Small world. And lastly (again...a vintage Premium crackers grandmother Inez always had one of these in her kitchen...brings back such vivid and fond memories).

Food is very emotional thing and the attachment to good and simpler times is hard to fight. Certain things just scream "you have to buy this cause it will make you fell better"! This is one of those things.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1962 Ronson CFL II Electric Shaver

Went picking this weekend and scored some neat items. This is a Ronson CFL Mark II shaver from about 1962. I paid $5 for it mainly because of the cool Atomic logo on the box and on the shaver itself. These sold for about $23.00 back in the day. BTW C.F.L stands for Closer, Faster, Lightest Touch. From the 1962 John Plain Catalog:
"New Ronson CFL Mark II. Gives you ultra quick, ultra clean shaves---and tells you when it's done! New "Miracle" multi blade cutters are so keen they amplify whiskers into sound. When the CRACKLING stops and the shaver just HUMS, you know you have a smooth, all day just half the usual time! Has separate trimming edge for sideburns, mustache, and long hairs. Automatically power cleans itself. New blade replacement feature ends need for costly service---YOU snap in inexpensive  replacements in seconds! $23.50"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Just scored a set of five of these ceramic switch plates. They look like 1950's ashtrays and are marked Pat. Pend on the bottom.

Monday, December 12, 2011

1959 TWA Souvenir Package from the first transcontinental flight of a TWA Boeing 707 from San Francisco to Idlewild in New York. March 20, 1959

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

San Francisco International Airport Brochure from 1963

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New addition to the family

New Addition to the Household. Meet Joan.

Joan is a vintage "plus size" mannequin from the 1980's or earlier. She resided in a plus size clothing store in Rockridge for many years. I was very happy to get her. She was hanging around a garage sale in Oakland last weekend "in the buff". I came riding in on my white horse and rescued her from an uncertain fate. She is now properly dressed in a kind, smoke-free home. Welcome home Joan!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Continental Arts Comma Lamp #2---Wow!

You can see that with the right bulb this thing puts out a super warm glow. Hey, who put that Philco Predicta Siesta in the shot?


Continental Arts Comma Lamps---Wow!

This is one amazing lamp from the Continental Arts lamp company. The shade is shaped like a giant comma and stands over 3 feet tall. I have never seen another like it. Oh, the radio is a Telefunken Sonata in mint working condition.

It's a Giant Comma!

Retro Atomic pulldown light with wall mount

I inherited a pair of these from my Aunt Georgie who passed away in 2007 at the age of 93. She had the best rattan furniture done up in leopard fabric and some Nelson bubble lamps and these babies. Thanks Auntie!

Saucer adjustable lamp

UFO Flying Saucer Lamp

This pull down light fixture is super bithin'. I has a switch to only turn on the down firing cone or the main light or both. Really unique and BIG. It is about 22" in diameter.

UFO lamp lit up.

Amazing triple head ceiling lamp from the 1950's

This lamp hung in my grandparents house for about 45 -50 years. After they passed on I took every light fixture from their house and put them in my house. They make me feel good and put out a nice warm glow.

Amazing Atomic Ceiling Fixture

This is a really neat fixture I picked up at Modernaire in Berkeley. I bout the shade and the finial with no internal workings ie: sockets etc...$6 worth of parts from Orchard Supply and I was in business.

Majestic Z Lamps

I have a pretty decent set of original Majestic Z lamps with original shades and lacing. 

Majestic Z Lamp

Majestic Lamp

This is one of the best Majestic Lamps I have ever seen and I own a pair!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Fair Warning from May 1983 on TV 20 Dance Party

 My Friend Ryan Roxie's Band Fair Warning from May 1983 on TV 20 Dance Party. He Shreds.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Original Doggie Diner hot dog wrapper from the 1960's.

This is a mega rare item that I picked up at an estate sale in Oakland. I couldn't resist! This chain went out of business in the late '80's or early '90's and were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. There were two in Hayward. One was on Hesperian at Lewelling and the other was in downtown Hayward but I don't remember the exact location. Each restaurant had a sign with a giant dachshund head wearing the chef's hat as pictured in the logo art. You can see one of these heads at Streetlight Records located on Bascom Avenue in San Jose .

RCA Atomic style advertising clock from the 1950's

RCA Tubes 1950's advertising clock in incredible atomic retro style. I had been looking for one of these for years and finally found this on eBay. It is about 20 inches in diameter and is made of plastic except for the red portion which is made of metal. This clock keeps perfect time and look great on my wall.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fashions that Follow the Sun News of the Day Newsreel

Here is a nice vintage, fashion newsreel featuring model Joan Kemp called: Fashions that Follow the Sun from 1961. This film features Joan and several other ladies modeling the latest in swimsuits, swim hats and lounge wear from the lounge era. Great stuff from Joan's personal collection.

Budweiser "Pick a Pair" TV Commercial #2 featuring Joan Kemp

Here is the second Budweiser TV spot featuring the late model Joan Kemp. She made several commercials for Budweiser, Vaseline, Max Factor and Salem Cigarettes to name a few.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Budweiser "Pick a Pair" TV Commercial featuring Joan Kemp

Here is another great vintage TV commercial featuring fifties supermodel Joan Kemp. Joan was featured in hundreds of ads between 1950 and 1965. Here is the first of four Budweiser commercials she was in.

Monday, July 25, 2011

1958 Detroit Auto Show featuring Joan Kemp and the Dale Robertson "Wells Fargo" Buick

Clip of the 1958 Detroit Auto Show featuring the Dale Robertson Wells Fargo Buick Convertible and fashion icon Joan Kemp.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Things go better with Coke! Advertising Clock

I was really lucky to find this clock. I was shopping in Orange with my wife last month and I stumbled upon this clock. Someone had cut the power cord off and it was missing the bulb so I couldn't test it out. I paid a paltry $45 plus tax and it was mine. When I got it home I wire in a new AC cord and purchased a new bulb and low and behold it started running and the light came on. The only other thing is that it should have a second hand and this one does not. looks great on my kitchen wall. This is why the 7-up clock must go.

7-Up Atomic Style electric wall clock from the 1950's

These clocks are wicked cool and just ooze with fifties atomicness. There was a similar Pepsi clock as well. Just thought I would share this.  These are pretty hard to come by. I found this one at Alameda Point Antique Fair about 2 years ago. Alas, I am selling it on eBay...too many clocks and too little time! I think that was a pun.

The metal is brass and the face is silkscreened Formica. Keeps great time. I hate to give it up.

Nice vintage General Electric "Triple Whip" portable mixer

You don't see one of these every day. I picked this up at a sale in Oakland a few weeks ago and think it is one of the coolest mixers I've ever seen! What is neat about this is that you can take the mixer off the stand and hand held commando with it AND it has THREE beaters!

The GE Portable Mixer in all its' splendor

Even came with the original recipe book and manual

I have never seen a mixer with THREE beaters!