Ankh You

31 03 2014

Since the original tag still remains on this late 70s/early 80s sweater (from Sears, in case you are wondering), I can only surmise that it made someone’s Top 10 Worst Gifts list.  And, they didn’t have a ‘friend’ their size to regift it to.  Which just goes to show how one person’s disappointment can, decades later, lead to another person’s happy dance after they open their box from ebay.  Even the moths didn’t want anything to do with it.  Score!

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Glass From the Past

15 03 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sabino art glass is still available today, in many of the patterns first introduced in the 1920s.  This diminutive Egyptian maiden has a distinct Art Deco flair.  As lovely as this opalescent glass is, it does not fit into the various materials that an ancient figure would have been fashioned from – stone or opaque glass.





Mind Your Manners

10 03 2014

You’re never too old to be reminded of the niceties of human interaction.  Regardless of your state of preservation.

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Ladies Who Lunch

13 02 2014

For the socialite with a non-conformist streak.  Let the other girls wear pearls and tweed – you’ll be relaxed and cool in this Paganne jersey dress with bold Egyptian motifs.  Perfect for jetting off to the Riviera when you need to escape Stepford.

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Madame Librarian

21 01 2014

This mid-twentieth century zippered cardigan combines a modern palette with ancient iconography.  Add some pointy glasses and an overdue stamp, and it’s check-out time at the library.

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Electric Nile

9 01 2014

From the days of lava lamps, Walter Murphy’s A Fifth of Beethoven, and polyester – here is a groovy shirt with brightly colored Egyptian landscape motif.  Far out!

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

30 12 2013

As yachts go, there are tub toys…and then there are palaces.  According to this 1971 advertisement for the Huckins Fairform Flyer, Cleopatra would have cruised on a Huckins.  Because they make palaces.  Apparently, however, their marketing department wasn’t able to hire an equally superior artist for this ad.  Cleopatra was no beauty, but that sketch looks more like a drag queen impersonating a Viking warrioress being held captive in a harem.  To quote from the extensive ad copy: “But suppose, Cleo, you’d had a Huckins.  Any Huckins.  By comparison, the grandeur that was Rome would have paled into the realm of the commonplace.  Huckins luxury is incomparable, afloat or ashore, individually appointed to please the tastes and desires of the owners.  Whether for a day, a week or months of cruising, Huckins comfort enhances the pleasures of the most fastidious owners.  Yes Cleo, there’s no telling how far you could have gone with a Huckins.  You might have ruled the world.”

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