Spanish sing-a-long

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vintage Spanish sing-a-long boxed set of records and song book

In our most recent e-mailout, we featured this somewhat eclectic mix if items seen below.

collection of recent antique and vintage finds including Spanish music boxed set

Amongst them was this fabulous record set… Escuchar y cantar or “Listen & sing”.

detail of cover of vintage 1950s Spanish song book & record box set contents of vintage 1950s Spanish song book & record box set

It’s a sing-a-long teaching aid for learning traditional Spanish songs, helping with pronunciation etc.

illustraion of Mexican bean wearing a sombrero

It comprises a set of records and an accompanying booklet written by Raymond N Jacovetti.

vintage illustration of identical red birds looking through telescopes

It was printed in New York by Holt, Rinehart & Winston and published in 1965.

vintahe illustration of little girl and old woman holding crooks looking for their sheep

The most striking feature is the gorgeous illustrations that the booklet is packed with.

vintage illustration of the heads of a man and several women with him holding a red heart above his favourite

They’re by someone called Mac Shepard.

vintage illustration of a little girl with a rocking horse

We’ve never come across his work before, but we were immediate converts.

He’s got his own distinctive style, but if we were going to compare him to anyone it would be Bill Charmatz who we’re big fans of… click here to check out the Flickr group we started.

vintage illustration of four mules

We’re now on the hunt for more examples of Mr Shepard’s artwork!

Bedtime stories

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Hand-crocheted blanket with antique teddy bear and vintage children's book | H is for Home

In preparation for our new Child’s Play section on the H is for Home website, we’ve been collecting some lovely vintage children’s books. Perfect for bedtime stories!

Pile of various vintage children's books | H is for Home
Eye-catching colours & fab illustrations are often a good starting point for us.

vintage children's book cover about Holland | H is for Home

cover of vintage children's book about Holland | H is for Home

The Little Golden Animal Book vintage children's book with a cockerel on the cover | H is for Home

Illustration of chickens from the Little Golden Animal Book | H is for Home

Illustration of blue tits from the Little Golden Animal Book | H is for Home

Cover of 'Life of St Martin' vintage children's book | H is for Home Cover of 'Life of St Paul' vintage children's book | H is for Home

illustration from 'Life of St Martin' vintage children's book | H is for Home

Life of St Paul' vintage children's book | H is for Home

Cover of 'What Makes an Orchestra' vintage children's book | H is for Home

Illustration of a string quartet from the 'What Makes an Orchestra' vintage children's book | H is for Home

Illustration of string instruments & musicians from 'What Makes an Orchestra' vintage children's book | H is for Home

Cover of 'The Little Duster' illustrated by Bill Charmatz | H is for Home

Vintage children's book entitled 'Bouncing Ball' | H is for Home

Illustration from 'The Bouncing Ball' vintage children's book | H is for Home

We have a few series of books – including…

Pile of vintage 'Mr Men' children's books | H is for Home

Mr Men… here’s Mr Jelly in action from 1970s British TV.

Thomas the Tank Engine… famously narrated by Ringo Starr!

Ladybirds

and the This is… series, illustrated by Miroslav Sasek, which is one of our particular favourites…


We were collecting these even before we had our new shop section in mind!

And this is our most recent acquisition…

Vintage 'Red Riding Hood' book cover | H is for Home

Illustration from vintage Little Red Riding Hood book | H is for Home

Illustration from vintage Red Riding Hood book | H is for Home

It’s a 1960s listen & read-along book – complete with it’s original vinyl record!

Vintage Red Riding Hood book & accompanying vinyl record | H is for Home

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at things to come – we’ll let you know when our new section goes live.

X is for… Xmas

Xmas… that’s worked out nicely…

Vintage children building blocks
Vintage biscuit tin

It’s a good job that Christmas is here as we didn’t have any xylophones or x-ray machines for sale!


Vintage 1960s Scandinavian ceramic wall plaque designed by Bjorn Wiinblad

1970s Bernard Buffet print entitled 'Nativity'

X is for Xmas gives us the chance to send all our blog readers seasons greetings…

Vintage 1960s/70s desk calendar manufactured by Park Sherman


Vintage 1970s Hornsea Pottery ‘December’ mug

Vintage Christmas baubles

…and with 2009 approaching, it’s also an opportunity to thank you all for your support & encouragement during our 1st year in business.

Detail from a vintage 1970s linen tea towel entitled 'Noel' by Jonelle

H is for Home is going really well and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed these past few months.

Tall Book of Christmas inside cover
'Christmas Surprise' story from the Tall Book of Christmas

So it’s a happy Christmas to you all – hope you have a fabulous time!

Charles Harper illustrated Christmas recipes
Bill Charmatz illustrated Christmas pudding recipe

Warmest wishes,

Adelle & Justin xx

Watch the birdie!

Detail of birds taken from a vintage tin | H is for Home

In our last blog we were musing over the influence of nature on artists & designers. Also how nature has been interpreted in book illustrations etc. We randomly began with ‘fish’ as a sub-theme, we’re going to continue, equally randomly, with ‘birds’.

detail of teatowel with bird decoration | H is for Home detail of teatowel with bird decoration | H is for Home

1960s Irish linen tea towel

vintage storage jar with colourful parrot decoration | H is for Homekitchen storage jar

The items featured are again predominantly vintage finds from the 1950s, 60s & 70s. They include artworks, books and domestic wares.

amber coloured glass bird | H is for Home Brown glass robin | H is for Home
1960s Wedgewood glass birds

Check out the fantastic bird series produced for Iittala by the Finnish glass designer, Oiva Toikka started in 1973. They’re still being made today having amassed a range of over 300 designs.

John Clappison Hornsea mug with blue owl design | H is for Home John Clappison Hornsea mug with yellow owl design | H is for Home John Clappison Hornsea mug with toucan design | H is for Home John Clappison Hornsea mug with Libra design | H is for Home
John Clappison designs for Hornsea Pottery – mugs & hen ashtray

John Clappison Hornsea ashtray with hen design | H is for Home

small pottery dish with bird decoration | H is for HomeMexican pin dish

1950s cocktail drinks tray | H is for Home 1950s cocktail tray detail | H is for Home
1950s cocktail tray

We’re really pleased with this recent biscuit tin acquisition, picked up in a mixed box at a nearby auction.

vintage biscuit tin with colourful bird decoration | H is for Homefantastic 1950s graphics
vintage biscuit tin with colourful bird decoration | H is for Home vintage biscuit tin with colourful bird decoration | H is for Home

Mid century books can be a rich source of high quality, period illustrations.

Birds of Britain book cover | H is for Home

We dipped into our vintage cookery book collection again and came out with some little gems.

Collection of Stork margarine cook books | H is for Homecollection of 1950s Stork margarine recipe booklets

Bill Charmatz chicken illustration | H is for Home Bill Charmatz chicken illustration | H is for Home
Bill Charmatz illustrations
Detail from the front cover of Esquire Cook Book | H is for Home
Esquire Cook Book front cover. First published in 1956

Charley Harper illustration of an owl wearing a chef's hat | H is for Home Charley Harper illustration of long tailed birds | H is for Home Charley Harper illustration of a chicken on a drum | H is for Home
Charley Harper illustrations

Charley Harper illustration for 'Dinner for Two' Betty Crocker cook book | H is for Home

We hope you’ve enjoyed looking at our avian delights. Stay tuned for flowers, foliage, landscapes and much more!

Something Fishy!

Bill Charmatz fish illustration

Whether it be the physical landscape itself or the flora & fauna contained within it, artists and designers have been influenced by nature over the centuries.

Inspiration drawn from mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, clouds, trees, birds, fish, plants, flowers are all reflected in their work.

We thought it would be fun to take these broad themes and show their influence on the creative process. For no particular reason, we’re going to start with fish!

Poole Pottery Aegean plate Pottery plate decorated with three fish
vintage 1960s pottery plates
vintage pottery plate

We might feature stuff from any decade, but there will, no doubt, be a mid 20th century bias as we love this era and are always drawn to vintage pieces from the 50s, 60s & 70s.

Vintage green glass fish dish
Large 1950s green glass dish

Small green art glass fish sculpture Small blue art glass fish sculpture
1960s art glass sculptures

Stylised fish were a much-used design motif in this mid 20th century period – in art, design and everyday homewares.

vintage fish collage artwork
Collage entitled Fish Fossil Sea Bed by Andrew Rob, 1970

Pottery serving dish detail detail of Swedish pottery serving dish
1960s iron trivet | Swedish serving dish (Dukat)

vintage fish plate detail vintage fish plate detail
Aquarius series fish plates by Washington Pottery

vintage John Clappison Hornsea Pottery mug Small vintage pottery pin dish
John Clappison, Hornsea Pottery | Bernard Moss Pentewan Pottery

Trio of wall mountable pottery fish
Hornsea Pottery wall-mountable fish… who needs flying ducks? 🙂

Also, the artistic treatment given in cookbooks etc can be quite magical. Two of our undoubted favourites are Bill Charmatz and Charley Harper.

Bill Charmatz illustration of a fish stock pot Bill Charmatz illustration of fish in a fryer basket Bill Charmatz illustration of a cat and fish in a bowl
Bill Charmatz – from the Esquire Cook Book first published in Great Britain in 1956.

Charley Harper illustration of fish with a thermometer in its mouth
Charley Harper – from Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two first published in 1958.

Charley Harper illustration of a flat fish Charley Harper illustration of a fish with a tangled fishing line in its mouth

Finally, to show that nature can do a pretty good job herself, we picked up this fossil from a great little shop in Hastings. Preserved in green river shales, it’s 45 million years old (hopefully you won’t be waiting that long for the launch of our website!).

image of fossilised fish
Knightia alta, Eocene period. Origin: Wyoming