Forthcoming Attractions: Late April 2015

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vintage collectables shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

We’re not great fans of getting up early, but if you want to find good stock you just have to make the effort sometimes. In the depths of winter it’s just tooooo painful!! But something felt like it was the right time to hit the markets & car-boots again this weekend – like hedgehogs emerging from their pile of leaves! We dusted off the alarm clock and got going at 5am on Saturday morning. Here are some Forthcoming Attractions from the week’s search.

vintage Chad Valley clock tin shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

The early bird might indeed catch the worm, but we caught some birds of our own. This gorgeous 1960s egg cosy set comprises two teak egg cups and linen cosies with wonderful chicken decoration – what a cheery way to start the day. We also picked up a lovely Lord Nelson Pottery rolling pin from the classic ‘Gaytime’ range with its psychedelic flower and bird design.

vintage egg cosy set shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

More fauna with this cute little Chad Valley savings tin featuring the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’. The lid has a clock face with movable hands. Kids can learn a nursery rhyme, telling the time – and the value of saving the pennies!

vintage orange daisy enamelware shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

We were actually talking about this range of enamelware the day before we went to Saturday’s market – ironically saying that we didn’t come across it as often as we used to! Lo & behold, we find a coffee pot & kettle. They date from the 1960s/70s and were produced in the former Yugoslavia. We love the simple daisy pattern.

vintage rattan basket enamelware shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

And how about this gorgeous repeating apple design? This vintage basket has its fabulous original cotton liner and waterproof/stain-proof cover. A real favourite find this one!

vintage replacement deck chair slings shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

Summer must be just around the corner if we’re picking up garden accessories. These vintage replacement  deckchair covers might be just the thing if your outdoor seating needs sprucing up.

vintage paper ephemera shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

Last but not least, is the striking Blackpool Illuminations brochure featured in the main photo. Amazingly it’s from 1930, so not far off being a hundred years old! It’s part of a wonderful collection of ephemera we bought last week. It all dates from the 1920s to the 1950s. We’ve just started sorting through it, but there are all kinds of fabulous brochures, magazines and advertisements from this early to mid twentieth century period. The photo above is just a small sample, so we think we’ll have to return to it in more detail in a future post.

Festival of Britain

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Original vintage Festival of Britain catalogue | H is for Home

We mentioned buying this Festival of Britain brochure in our last blog – Five Flea Finds.

Costain advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

We’ve really enjoyed flicking through it.

Electronics information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

Quite a few people have expressed an interest, so we thought we’d share some of its contents with you.

Festival map in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The Festival was held in 1951 – it celebrated the centenary of The Great Exhibition held in 1851 – but was also intended to showcase Britain in the mid twentieth century.

Royal Festival Hall information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

What an exciting event in must have been – with the new wave of optimism after the Second World War.

Battersea Park Fair in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

Exhibitions were held around the country, the main site occupying a position on the South Bank in London which was completely redeveloped.

Coalite advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The Festival had a great influence on architecture, interior and product design in the years that followed.

Siemens advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The brochure contains about 100 pages in total.

Sky page in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

It highlights the main attractions – exhibition spaces & their contents, new structures (including the Royal Festival Hall and the famous Skylon), the designers involved etc.

Skylon information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

As is often the case with publications from this era, there are some fantastic advertisements too…

Crompton advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

…bold, colourful and forward-looking.

Simplex advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The brochure is a must have item for Festival of Britain collectors – but also of broader interest to fans of modernism & mid twentieth century design.

One lump or two?

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vintage "Three Nuns" tobacco tin

We often find these small tobacco tins in the mixed boxes we buy at auction. Usually they’re full of nails, pins, screws or tap washers. But this one contained a more colourful surprise…

vintage "Three Nuns" tobacco tin showing 8 different paper wrapped sugar cubes

…lots of old sugar lumps!

They look to date from the 1960s – someone had obviously started a little collection – quite rare survivors probably.

old paper wrapped sugar cubes including Harrods, Sunny Southport, Kent and Ravenglass

Some of them have lovely period graphics… very sweet!! ☺

On the menu

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Detail of a vintage menu showing bottles and drinking glasses

 We’ve mentioned our ever-expanding collection of vintage cookery books in previous blog posts.

1960s BOAC drinks menu 1960s BOAC drinks menu

detail from 1960s BOAC drinks menu

An offshoot of this collection consists of a number vintage menus.

1950s Porterhouse steakhouse menu from our collection of vintage menus

detail of 1950s Porterhouse menu

menu items from the 1950 Porterhouse menu

detail of 1950s Porterhouse menu cover

It’s interesting to peruse the dishes on offer… in fact, it’s made us feel quite hungry writing this post.

detail of KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting a girl in traditional Dutch costume

KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting girls in traditional Dutch costume KLM menu illustration by Otto Dicke depicting a girl in traditional Dutch costume

KLM in-flight menu items

However, it’s the period graphics, fonts & illustrations that we really look out for.

1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu

detail from 1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu cover

menu items on the Polish Ocean Lines dinner menu

detail from 1960s Polish Ocean Lines menu cover

Some of the artwork is stunning – and the menus themselves are very frameable.

1960s/70 Trattoria menu

selection of dishes from 1960s/70 Trattoria menu

detail from 1960s/70s trattoria menu

We have menus from restaurants, bars, airlines and cruise ships.

1950s/60s KLM trans-Atlantic menu

flight plan on 1950s/60s KLM trans-Atlantic menu

detail from 1950s/60s KLM menu cover

Due to their ephemeral nature, interesting examples are often quite hard to get hold of.

1960s Trans-World Airlines London flight menu

detail from Trans-World Airways London flight menu

…but we enjoy the hunt!