Posts Tagged ‘records’

Wednesday Wish: Crosley turntable and stand

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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record stand available from Urban Outfitters Crosley turntable available from Urban Outfitters
Crosley Tan Keepsake Turntable £160.00 | Black Record Stand £60.00 – Urban Outfitters

What do you think of this 21st century, new & improved version of the Dansette? Not only does the Crosley turntable play your cherished vinyl records, it can convert them to MP3 files so you can enjoy your tunes on your smartphone or computer – a smart bit of kit! And it looks great with this great retro mid-century modern wire stand; available in black, white or turquoise.

Bernard Buffet

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster

We’ve been meaning to do a blog post about Bernard Buffet for a long time.

detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster

The recent purchase of this vintage poster brought it to mind once again. We had it sent from France and it advertises an exhibition held in 1969 at the Musée d’Unterlinden in Colmar.

detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster showing gold frame

It’s just come back from our wonderful local framers, Abacus. We chose burnished gold – reminiscent of an antique religious icon.

detail from vintage 1968 Buffet exhibition poster

It now hangs above our bedroom fireplace. We love it!

pile of Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

We also framed these vinyl album covers that were illustrated by Buffet.

pile of Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

The set – Ella Fitzgerald sings Gershwin – dates from 1959.

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a corner in a room with bed, chair and picture on the wall illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a table with wine bottle, glass and vase of flowers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a table with alarm clock, paper, envelope and pen illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover with a woman's face illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Great records and great covers – a perfect combination.

four framed Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

He’s a fabulous artist – so distinctive – and one of our real favourites. Here’s a link to the online Musée Bernard Buffet

…and here’s a 2-minute, black & white film from 1962 of Buffet and his wife, Annabel in their château and private chapel. We discovered on the British Pathé website – there’s so much beautiful art on the walls!

We’ve set up a Buffet Flickr group – please add your images if you have some or just have a browse!

Spanish sing-a-long

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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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!