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George Him matchbook

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book front cover

We’ve tracked down another one of these fabulous & rare, vintage match-books produced for Liberty in the 1960s.

detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book edge showing words '150 CRON MATCHES MADE IN FINLAND | Designed for Liberty of London by vintage George Him

The last example we featured was designed by Miroslav Sasek – this one’s the work of another favourite illustrator, George Him.

vintage George Him match-book front cover

A row of guardsmen provides the inspiration – each with their own unique facial expression & medal collection.

inside view of vintage George Him match-book

The match-book is unused and in very good condition. They really are rare survivors and don’t appear often.

vintage George Him match-book rear cover

We actually had this one sent all the way from America.

collection of vintage London items including vintage Him match-book and London series ceramic tiles designed by Kenneth Townsend

We’ve added it to our collection of quirky London inspired design pieces – they really put a smile on our faces.

Gail Kelly calendar

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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black & white cover of Gail Kelly's 2013 calendar featuring a linocut oak tree and acorns

Yes, it’s March, but we’ve only just got round to getting ourselves a 2013 calendar. We have high standards & requirements, you see, when it comes to choosing our annual calendar – it needs to be long & narrow as it has to fit the little strip of wall just inside the front door…

Gail Kelly's 2013 calendar hanging in our porch with white jug of yellow tulips and small vintage milk bottles

…it also needs to be attractive – no fluffy, cutesy pictures of animals much as we love them; no pop stars (Justin Bieber or Cliff Richard just won’t cut the mustard!); no artistic/moody/atmospheric shots of castles/ruins/seascapes/mountains; no humour (who wants to hear the same joke every day for a month?). We trawled Etsy, Folksy and Notonthehighstreet and eventually came across this Gail Kelly calendar.

wild cherry tree black & white linocut illustration beech tree black & white linocut illustration
willow tree black & white linocut illustration apple tree black & white linocut illustration

We first fell in love with Gail’s linocut illustrations when we saw her at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate about 5 years ago. We’ve been stocking her tree greeting cards at H is for Home ever since!

Miroslav Sasek matches

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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detail from long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing an illustration of a man being driven by a chauffeur in a Rolls Royce and a motorbike with a side car

Here’s something for all you Miroslav Sasek fans out there – there won’t be many of these left in circulation.

long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing illustrations of different vehicles such as a London cab, motorcycle with side car and chauffeur driven Rolls Royce

It’s a vintage book of matches with cover design by the famous illustrator – unused and in pristine condition – what a rare survivor!!

detail from long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing an illustration of a London black cab

Sasek depicts 1950s/60s London traffic in his unmistakable style…

red interior of a long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing completely unused black matches with red heads

… and it’s a very long match book – 32cm, so plenty of room for Sasek’s wonderful drawings.

detail of the spine of a long vintage match book made in Finland for Liberty's and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. Showing the text "150 crown matches made in Finland Designed for Liberty of London by M Sasek

They were manufactured in Finland for Liberty of London – just gorgeous!!

Marble Menagerie

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

We bought this vintage marble game last week. It’s a simple little game which involves rolling marbles down the wooden shoot aiming at archways with different scores. We’ve done a little research and found that the game is called “bridgeboard”.

vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

What makes this version extra special are the fabulous illustations by Kenneth Townsend.

monkey detail from a vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

The animals will look very familiar to fans of the artist’s “Menagerie” tile series that we’ve blogged about before.

Lefor Openo

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall

We picked up this rather lovely biscuit tin this week. It dates from the 1960s and is on just the right side of kitsch for us.

detail from a vintage biscuit tin with illustration by Lefor-Openo of a flower seller girl with her market stall

The tin was produced in England, but features a very cute, Continental flower girl – she must be in Britain though, she’s selling her wares at 2 shillings & sixpence a bunch!

We’ve long admired the work of Lefor Openo – the French design duo of Marie-Claire Lefort & Marie-Francine Oppeneau. They’re mainly known for their poster designs – lots of them featuring beautiful mademoiselles – and this girl is definitely one of theirs! One of their most famous illustrations must be the sultry Francia, a Gitanes “fumeureuse”

vintage Gitanes advertising poster designed by Lefor Openo
photo credit: Lamarde

There are always Lefor Openo posters, postcards and other illustrations available on eBay – and at very affordable prices too!