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Vintage birthday

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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selection of vintage 1950s/60s children's birthday cards

These colourful vintage birthday cards brightened up a grey day as we wandered around the Thursday flea market stalls.

vintage "9 today" children's birthday card

They’re all unused and look to date from the 1950s. Each card features a different animal with a little rhyme inside. They’re all very cute!

interior view of 5 years old vintage birthday card

We’ll probably put them into the shop priced individually, but if you fancy buying them as a collection, just drop us a line.

Bookmarks: The Fir Tree

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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"The Fir Tree" book illustrated by Sanna Annuka with Christmas baubles and sprig of holly with red berries

We’ve been huge fans of Sanna Annukka ever since she designed biscuit tins for M&S.

Christmas tree illustration in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

illustration of a group of mice in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

The Fir Tree is a cautionary tale by Hans Christian Andersen about living for the moment.

illustration of a campfire in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

illustrations of birds in "The Fir Tree" a book illustrated by Sanna Annuka

Despite having what in reality is an ideal existence, the little tree feels that it’s missing out when other trees are taken from the forest to decorate local homes at Christmas. Eventually it is chosen… but we’ll leave it there, we don’t want to give too much away!

illustration of a man dragging the fir tree down some stairs

illustration of a group of children playing near the Christmas tree

Annukka’s illustrations are exquisite – collages of multicoloured triangles. There’s something indecipherable about the style of her illustrations that reveals her Finnish heritage…

illustration of a group of colourful Christmas baubles

illustration of a big golden sun shining down on a wood

…the influence of landscape, nature and the folk art tradition.

illustration of a wood burning stove

This book would make a perfect Christmas present for child or adult!

illustration of a tree being felled

illustration of a sailing ship

It’s available from the publishers Hutchinson as well as on Amazon and Hive.

illustration of a pair of horses pulling a cart full of logs

illustration of birds in fir trees

[Many thanks to Hutchinson for the review copy]

Tuesday Huesday: vintage serving tray

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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detail from a vintage serving tray with an illustration of children walking along with sailboats in their arms

This cute illustrated tray has been getting a lot of views, comments & favourites since we added it to the H is for Home website and Flickr stream last week. We spotted it on a stall when we visited the Lincoln Antique and Home Fair and knew that it would be perfect for our shop!

Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away Home!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

detail from the cover of the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

Here’s a quick follow up to our recent blog post about vintage American road maps.

cover of the  vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

A few days after we bought them, we also picked up this lovely little Ladybird book.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a Cadillac and other cars

It’s from the Flight series – this one being, “Flight Three – U.S.A – A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure”.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing the Grand Canyon

This is a first edition, published in 1959.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a cowboy on horseback rounding up cattle

Alison & John take a trip to the U.S.A where Dad sometimes goes on business trips.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the middle of a giant American redwood tree

They land in New York and spend a week there – then hire a car and take a a road trip.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the Empire State Building

As with most Ladybirds from this era, the illustrations are fabulous.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a freeway with a railway line passing beneath

Other destinations in the series include Australia, Canada, Africa, India and The Holy Land.

If we ever manage to do an American road trip in a vintage camper van (or lovely, shiny Airstream!), we’ll have lots of vintage travel ephemera to accompany us… we suspect there might have been a few changes!

Kitsch Kids!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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We bought this trio of ‘wide-eyed children’ prints this week – a bit of classic 1950s kitsch.

detail of vintage Dallas Simpson "Wide Eyed" child print of a boy with a string of onions

We often buy Tretchikoff prints from this era, but don’t normally go for images quite this cutesy.

They were such good examples of the type though – and they do certainly have their fans… Red or Dead founder, Wayne Hemingway famously. Check out his book on the subject, Above The Mantelpiece: Mass-Market Masterpieces

Detail of vintage Dallas Simpson print showing her signature

The artist of these three is Dallas Simpson. Simpson moved with her husband in the mid 1960′s from London to live in a mobile home in West Sussex by the sea. She had no children of her own and her husband used to prime either her canvases or more often she painted on board.

She was a prolific artist of big eyed urchin children and she used to sell the originals and reproduction rights as long as payment was immediate, to fund her simple life and her beloved gin.

She painted under a number of pseudonyms including Emma Louise and Kelita with subtle changes of style in the painting but with the same subject matter. (biographical information taken from Felix Rosenstiel´s Widow & Son Ltd).

vintage Dallas Simpson "Wide eyed" child print of boy sitting on a riverbank holding a fishing rod

All three are in excellent condition with original frames. So if you’re a fan, drop us an email and we’ll give you first refusal before they go into our pitch or listed on our website.

set of three vintage prints of "Wide Eyed" children by Dallas Simpson

If you’d like to do a bit more investigating, other artists in the genre include Maio, Lee, Betty Raphael and Margaret Keane.

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