ITEM OF THE DAY: Photo Cubes

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1970s plastic photo cubes

No household was without these in the seventies…I know mine wasn’t! There is a bit of wear to the plastic, just enough for a vintage patina, while still being able to see the photos clearly. On the smaller cube, there is some tearing of the surface of the plastic insert, as shown in the photos. When you put your own photos in, that will never show!

Please use photos of the cubes shown to see the level of wear.

Item of the Day

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Vintage Postcards

We love vintage postcards!  A little slice of history, and so much fun to collect.  They make great wall art, or they can be used as epherma in art projects.  To see our full selection, click here.

We found this great article about the history of postcards.  In this interview, Ann Waidelich discusses postcard collecting and the many varieties of collectible postcards on the market. Ann is a volunteer with the Wisconsin Historical Society, whose microsite, Tall Tale Postcards, is a member of our Hall of Fame.

She answers the following questions:

What did people use postcards for in the 1900s?

How did companies determine what images to put on the cards?

Do collectors typically specialize in a certain category?

Were all postcards made of paper?

Who made these postcards?

Did some artists specifically focus on postcards?

Are there a lot of postcard collecting clubs?

Are there any really rare postcards you particularly look for?

Have you noticed any major trends in collecting postcards since you’ve started?—————————————————-

We wish you very happy collecting, and leave you with some postcards that we carry.

Linda and Amy

 

Vintage Postcard ~ Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition ~ Portland Oregon 1905 ~ California State Building ~ historic postcard

 

Vintage postcard ~ turn of the century humor ~ funny postcard ~ comic postcard ~ romantic gift ~ gift for girlfriend ~ gift for boyfriend

Vintage Postcard ~ Dog Photographer taking portrait of dog family ~ gift for dog lover ~ antique postcard ~ turn of the century ~ funny card

Vintage Postcard ~ in the Feather River Gorge California ~ Feather River Canyon ~ Historic California ~ California epherma ~

Vintage Postcard ~ Original Old Band made famous by James Whitcomb Riley The Hoosier Poet Greenfield Indiana ~ Indiana History ~ sepia

Vintage Postcard ~ Ames Tourist Court ~ Ames Iowa ~ hotel memorabilia, Iowa collectible ~ American epherma, hotel epherma ~ Ames hotel

Vintage Postcard ~ Nancy Reagan in the White House Kitchen ~ Reagan collectible ~ political postcard ~ presidential memorabilia ~ epherma

Vintage Postcard ~ President Ronald Reagan with Boy Scout ~ wall art ~ frame art ~ Republican giftt ~ political gift ~ election ~ man cave

Vintage postcard ~ President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter with Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia ~ political gift ~ gift for him ~ America

What a doll!

We added some really fun items to our Etsy shop today, and are very happy to be able to share them with you!

Topsy Turvy doll from Barbados ~ Black toys ~ African American toy ~ Historical doll ~ Gift for girl ~ doll collector gift ~ Mammy doll

 

The first is a Topsy-Turvy doll.  These are also called flip dolls.

This charming flip doll is from Barbados. A flip doll (topsy turvy doll) is a doll that when her dress is flipped over her head, it reveals another doll underneath. It’s like having two dolls in one. It is in excellent vintage condition.

Topsy Turvy dolls have quite a history, and seem to be invented around the 1870’s. Some of the earliest dolls were white on one side and black on the other. There are several theories about this, but it seems likely that slave children kept the white side showing when around caucasians, but played with the black side at home.

As objects of material culture, Topsy-Turvy dolls have provoked a great amount of interpretive controversy. Karen Sanchez-Eppler suspects that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin may have taken her name from the dolls, making for a “poignant and somewhat disturbing pairing with little Eva”.

Gglitch doll ~ Millie Modem ~ telecommunications supervisor ~ Technology gift ~ gift for geek ~ Vintage doll ~ collectible dollGglitch vintage doll Frank Format - Software Design Consultant ~ geek gift, programmer gift ~ african american ~ gift for him ~ hipster

 

These two dolls are from a series of 6 dolls made by Gglitch in 1985.  They are dolls based on the IT / computer industry, and make really great collectibles!  Technology has come a long way since these were made, and the details on their tags really show the vintage nature of these items.  Click on either one for more details.

More fun items coming soon!

 

 

Vintage Postcard Humor: Dotty Dimwit

Vintage postcards make such great memorabilia! You can use them for wall art, scrapbooking, art jounals… so many choices! Check out our selection here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigfootCountryTrader?ref=hdr_shop_menu&section_id=18515947

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Vintage Items That Are HOT And Worth More Than You Think!

A great article from the Thrift Store Collector about collectable vintage items. Enjoy!

Fabulously Vintage

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Hello all!  I wanted to pass along to you some items that shouldn’t be passed up if you’re really interested in starting a collection, adding to your collection or just want to flip some items online.  When you’re driving by that Thrift Store, passing that Garage Sale sign or antique store,  take a moment to stop by- it could certainly be worth your while.

Below are some of the hottest vintage items that have been confirmed online (some are also my predictions for the future) that are becoming hugely popular and collectible:

80’s memorabilia– these include vintage tee shirts, Atari games, cartridges, music posters, action figures and Swatch watches. Vintage Star Wars memorabilia is off the charts popular now.

Ceramic Christmas trees– HUGELY collectible!  Do a search on EBay and you will be surprised to see that these are going for $200-$300 per tree.

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CorningWare – Dishes in Space

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We don’t currently have any CorningWare in our shop, but the set above is available on Etsy now.  Just click on the photo for more information.

In the meanwhile, I found this great article in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader about the history of CorningWare and thought I would share.  Originally written by Kyle Coroneos.

SERENDIPITY

In 1952 Donald Stookey, a scientist at the Corning Glass Works Company in Corning, New York, had two lucky accidents in the research lab.

ACCIDENT #1: He was heating a piece of glass in a furnace when the temperature controller malfunctioned.  It was only supposed to reach 900 degrees Celcius, but instead got much, much hotter.  Stookey expected to find a molten lump of glass… but he didn’t.  The glass was still intact and now had a creamy, white ceramic look to it.

ACCIDENT #2: Stookey dropped the hot glass while he was removing it with a pair of tongs.  Instead of breaking, it clanged to the floor like a plate of steel.

These two mishaps led Stookey to a new discovery: after molten glass was formed into an object, it could be “cooked” a second time at an even higher temperature to control the crystal growth within the glass, turning it into extremely hard ceramic.  The new material – which he patented as “Pyroceram”- could sustain dramatic temperature changes better than glass or metal.

TAKING AIM

Although Corning already produced a type of glass cookware called Pyrex (the first glass cookware, introduced in 1915), they had a much different vision for Pyroceram: national defense. In fact, Corning had been making glass products for the military since the Civil War.  Now it was the Cold War, and the United States and the Soviet Union were both building and stockpiling nuclear missles.  The military was interested in any new technology that would allow weapons to withstand the rapid temperature changes to which they would be subjected while hurtling through the atmosphere.  Pyroceram, it turned out, was the perfect material to use for the missles’ nose cones, which took the brunt of the damage.  Corning pitched the idea to defense companies such as Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon, and was awarded huge contracts.  Over the next 20 years, thousands of nuclear and ballistic missles with Pyroceram noses were built. In the 1970’s, the same technology was adapted to build the heat tiles that now cover NASA’s fleet of space shuttles.

COMING HOME

After winning the contracts, Corning started looking around for other uses for Pyrocream. In 1957 they decided to put it in America’s kitchens.  CorningWare dishes were an easy sell: they were the only type of cookware that could be used in the oven or the freezer, or put directly from one into the other without cracking. In short, they were the most versatile dishes ever made.

CorningWare’s first product line consisted of only three saucepans and a skillet, and sales were modest. But it’s estimated that by 1980 there was at lest one CorningWare dish in nearly every household in the United States.

END OF THE LINE

CorningWare had one major drawback: the dishes are so durable that they will last for 1,000 years…which doesn’t leave a lot of room for repeat business.  After strong sales numbers that lasted into thie 1980s, it seemed that everyone who wanted CorningWare already had CorningWare, and sales started to plummet.

By 1998 Corning had completely shifted from making home consumer products to developing new glass technology for communications and aerospace. It leased the rights to all of its cooking products to a century-old housewares company called World Kitchen, which kept the CorningWare name, but replaced the Pyroceram with stoneware, a much less durable material. Currently there is no cookware being made of Pyroceram. The original CorningWare dishes are now collector’s items, not because they’re rare (millions were made) but because people who have them don’t want to give them up.

In 1986 Don Stokey was awarded the National Medal of Technology for his discovery, and 14 years later a CorningWare plate was added to the Millenium Time Capsule. Chcances are, when the capsule is opened, the plate will look the same as it did on the day it was made – and still be just as strong.