Picnic in the Desert

22 07 2014

Have you ever seen an old movie where people are attending an elegant picnic, complete with china, crystal, and servants?  Basically, everything you would have in your dining room (if you were wealthy) except outside?  That’s what this petite plate reminds me of.  Manufactured in the 1920s or 30s, it features a silhouetted scene of camel and pyramid on a rosy purple background, with gilt accents and a glorious overlay of lustre worthy of the most fantastic soap bubble you have ever seen.  The perfect size for a pyramid of petit-fours or macarons, served under the shade of a tent at your favorite watering hole.


2000+ Candles

14 07 2014

133_smallHere is a fabulous birthday card (exterior and interior views) from the 1960s (post Liz Taylor’s depiction of Cleopatra) – I assume sent from brother to sister, as opposed to boyfriend-with-the-unfortunate-nickname-of-Bud to his gal pal.  Appropriately, late.  But at least he remembered to get a card.



The Happy Housewife

3 07 2014

Blu White-smallYou really have to love how manipulative advertising can be.  Exhibit A: this 1940s ad for laundry bluing.  Laundry what, you query?  Nevermind – it was a special extra ingredient that pre-dates Ultra Tide.  Back to the ad – the ‘wow’ factor is bit overused, and one can imagine the harried housewife flipping through her magazine on a long-overdue coffee (or bourbon) break, and perking up in stages as she reads through the extensive laundry list (pun most heartily intended) of promises and perks that this ad claims.  “Makes clothes dazzling, sparkling, with no extra bluing rinse.”  WOW!  “Safe for finest lingerie, even precious nylons” – (remember, there was a war going on and nylon was used solely for war materials – and even after the war, production of consumer goods took about a year to satisfy demand).”  But if superior product performance wasn’t enough of a carrot, the bit of bling you could buy for 25¢ and a box top was sure to do the trick.  “For your very own! A replica of the stunning jewel-piece Vivien Leigh wears in “Caesar and Cleopatra”…replica of actual jewelry given Cleopatra by Caesar to signify his love and devotion. Your Love Token of hope for married happiness, romance, love.”  “Huge, dramatic – over 2 ¼ inches long – it’s breathtaking in its two-tone antique gold-colored finish.”  YAY!  Just the thing for wearing on the night shift at the munitions factory.

Red Carpet Cleo

24 06 2014

1For the star who prefers to be carried down the red carpet while reclining on a litter: a vintage Paganne Egyptian print fashioned into a floor-length gown with high side slit. The strong black, red and white motif features geometric patterns and Pharaohs, and the angular neckline is reminiscent of certain costumes from Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra blockbuster several years earlier.

Water Cooler

16 06 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt always amazes me to find items that have survived decades of trash bins, legions of paper lice, mouse families looking for vacation property, and the odd roof leak. For example, this box from the United States Envelope company for paper cups used to convey water cooler contents to parched throats.  Bonus – all of the original cups, decorated with a lotus motif, are still in the box.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Surf Goddess

11 06 2014

Back in the day, women used to cover up before leaving the beach.  This cotten romper from the 50s has a matching button-front skirt for shopping and dining after basking in the sun.

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WABAC in Egypt

29 05 2014

Mr. Peabody + Pharaoh + bobble head +  McDonald’s =  Cool Desk Accessory
Mr. Peabody Pharaoh


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