Last week, we featured a wonderful set of vintage bull plates – this week we have some equally fantastic fish plates!
We bought five of the set in a single purchase and then managed to track down the missing plate in the following days.
It’s now a fabulous and complete set of six.
They’re highly stylised with beautiful detailing – dancing air bubbles, fluttering scales and swirling fins. We certainly haven’t seen anything similar in the local rivers or canals!
They’re from the Aquarius range produced by Washington Pottery in the 1960s. In 1970, Washington Pottery became English Ironstone Pottery Ltd. Three years later, it became English Ironstone Tableware Ltd, so you can trace the age of an item from its back stamp.
As with the bull plates, these colourful fish plates would look amazing displayed on a long shelf or mounted on a wall. Both types are listed in our web shop.
Our last vintage menus post proved popular – and most of the examples that we featured in it prior to listing in the web shop have now sold.
We thought we’d share some more of our collection over the coming weeks…
…starting with this collection of cruise ship menus dating from the late 1960s.
They were produced for the German company, Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen.
We like the combination of stark pen & ink drawing with bold, partial colouring. They’re very distinctive – the artist’s signature looks like Geißler, but we can’t seem to find any mention of him anywhere on the internet. Can anyone out there shed some light?
This particular set would look fabulous with simple black frames against a large expanse of white wall. The vibrant colours would really leap out and draw you in to take a closer look.
We’ve got some more vintage cruise menus to share with you – our friend Emma, who used to run the wonderful Wooden Donkey empire, sent us a package containing various vintage Royal Viking Star cruise menus out of the blue this week. What an unexpected treat that was!
With the new additions, we were able make up a lovely set of ten menus from this particular cruise. They date from the mid 1970s and were given to passengers en route to Acapulco. Aren’t they fabulous? The artwork is stunning. They really capture the Mexican vibe – and the style is so characteristic of the time. One of those occasions when the phrase “good enough to frame” is very apt.
We’d love a huge wall display of vintage menus. We’ve got the menus – we must be up to about a hundred now… we just need the huge empty wall – oh, and the framing might bankrupt us! They’re such a great thing to collect for us. We’re obviously attracted to the cover artwork in the first instance, but being former chefs, the food on offer inside is also very interesting.
Whether it’s dishes or menu phrases that seem to have been lost in time, dishes or ingredients we’ve never heard of – or mentally choosing what we’d fancy to eat on that given day!
We’ve got a few duplicates of this set and quite a few others too, so we think we might start putting some into the What’s Cooking? department of the H is for Home shop. They’d make the perfect decoration for kitchen walls or shelves.
If you fancy starting your own vintage menu collection, get in touch and we’ll let you know what’s available. Bon Voyage!
We’ve just bought this great little book at the local market. Initially, it was the front cover that grabbed our attention – an eye-popping red & yellow – you couldn’t really miss it!!
Before we opened it we guessed it must have dated from the 1950s/60s period. And so it turned out, being published by Thomson Newspapers Ltd in 1960.
It’s called ‘Alice about the House’ and as the name suggests, features Alice and all manner of domestic challenges.
Various scenarios spring up from the perfect sponge cake to electrocution!
Much of it takes the form of comic strips.
The illustrations are fabulous – and so are some of the story lines.
As you might guess, it’s full of handy hints. Some are still relevant today, others belong to a bygone era. Both aspects make it a very entertaining read – the price is £10 including UK postage for anyone interested.
We ordered a roll of decorative washi tape off Etsy a couple of weeks ago…
… a very pretty package duly arrived from Japan shortly after.
It came from seller Eriko Shirasawa whose Etsy shop is called Sweet Supplies Store. We have to sing Eriko’s praises – look at the effort that’s gone into sending a humble little item. It was nicely wrapped – stickers & stamps, business card, a hand written message – and what looks like paper confetti – lovely!!
On to the tape itself, which features illustrations by Miroslav Sasek from his series of ‘This is…’ children’s books.
In this case, it’s ‘This is London’ which dates from 1959. As we’ve mentioned many times previously, we love Sasek’s artwork. It really is fabulous – charming and witty – and very distinctive. There are a few different designs of tape you can choose from too.
It’s perfect for decorating notebooks or little gifts – hanging notice board items… or even acting as a decorative border to a shelf or wall.
We’ve just made a new addition to our collection of This is… books.
It’s always a treat to make a brew and settle down with one of these gorgeous books for ten minutes – especially one we’ve never read before.
Our new arrival is a first edition copy of This is Cape Canaveral dating from 1963. Later versions of this book were called This is Cape Kennedy and most recently, This is the way to the Moon.
As always, fabulous illustrations by Miroslav Sasek leap off every page.
It’s a pleasure to share them with our readers – existing fans and perhaps a few new converts too.
They’re insightful and very witty…
…and full of wonderfully observed detail.
They’re beautifully drawn and capture the era perfectly.
They also have a real sense of optimism about them.
We picked up this copy for £5 which was a real steal for a first edition.
It’s always nice to get a bargain…
…and perhaps added just an extra tiny thrill as we thumbed through the pages!
We always buy the early editions and really love our little collection – Cape Canaveral makes it 11.
A few more to go yet though – there are 18 in the series in total!