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World Dolls Series: Austria

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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vintage 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

We’ve arrived in Austria on our World Dolls Series tour. We might just catch the first of the winter snow, so our timing is perfect.

vintage 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Illustrations are by W. Lewis from The Birmingham school of Design – our resident artist in Germany & Holland too. We love all the artists in this collection of books, but if we were pushed, we’d probably choose W. Lewis as our favourite. The illustrations are both charming and very clever.

Dolls Lisa and Johann from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Our guides are Lisa & Johann, looking resplendent in their national dress.

Alpine skiing scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

We’ve parked the coach up and are going to chill out (quite literally) in the Tyrol for a while.

Ski jumping  scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Our hosts have no shortage of activities lined up – skiing, skating & sledging (it’s the 1960s so it’s pre-snowboarding!)

Cows in an alpine scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

When the snows melt we’re going to get stuck into a bit of farming.

Haymaking scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Picnics and strolls through flower-filled meadows on our downtime.

Illustration of a salt mine from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

It’s going to be hard to drag ourselves away from this idyllic life, but for a bit of urban culture & retail therapy we might stop by Vienna.

Illustration of Vienna from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Well, we do need to get that coach moving again before it seizes up. Next time it’s Russia.

Charity Vintage: Astounding Science Fiction magazines

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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complete set of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from 1955 for sale by CLIC Sargent on eBay for Charity
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This week the world saw the space probe Philae land on a comet after a 10-year, 4-billion mile journey. To a person living in the 1950s this story would feel like utter science fiction. Back then there’d have been no astronauts, no moon landing, no space shuttles. The first living being in orbit didn’t happen until 1957.

This set of Astounding Science Fiction magazines from 1955 is being sold by & in support of CLIC Sargent*. The cover artwork is sensational I bet the stories are too! They have other sets of this title currently for sale alongside sets of Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Space Science Fiction and if Worlds of Science Fiction. If you’re a sci-fi or pulp fiction buff – these would be fantastic additions to your collection.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.


Charity Vintage: Paddington Bear

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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vintage Paddington Bear stuffed toy for sale by and in support of Isabel Hospice
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Paddington Bear the movie will be at the cinema from the 28th of November. It has an all-star cast including Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters with a soundtrack by Sigur Ros. But the star of the show is the gorgeous little bear as the trailer below proves.

 This vintage Paddington Bear is for sale at the moment on eBay for Charity by Isabel Hospice*. He’s a little play worn – as he should be. He’s only £5 plus £5 P&P.

A perfect Christmas present!

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.


World Dolls Series: Italy

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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'Italy' front cover from the vintage World Dolls series of books

We’ve crossed the border and travelled from Germany to Italy in the World Dolls Series – we’re certainly clocking up the miles! :-)

'Italy' front inside cover from the vintage World Dolls series of books

The lovely illustrations are by Philippa Walters this time.

Map of italy from the vintage World Dolls series of books

Our guides are Lisa & Pietro. They’re a cheery couple, always singing & dancing. Pietro with his guitar & Lisa with her tambourine.

Gondola in Venice in 'Italy' the vintage World Dolls series of books

We’ve spent the last few weeks watching the hard-hitting & brilliant Gomorrah on TV – as you might imagine this is a more light-hearted view of Italy! We start in the North with its mountain scenery and work our way down to the hot & sunny South – taking in cities like Venice & Rome.

Lisa and Pietro dolls in 'Italy' the vintage World Dolls series of books

The pretty villages & harbours are much celebrated – along with the stunning countryside.

criss-crossing washing lines hung with washing

These narrow streets & steps are a classic scene that springs to mind when we think of the Mediterranean holidays that we’ve taken.

Procession of worshippers in 'Italy' the vintage World Dolls series of books

There are lots of processions & festivals too – and pretty whitewashed houses with painted shutters, ornate railings and flowers in pots. See, we told you it wasn’t Gomorrah.

Balcony with flowers in 'Italy' the vintage World Dolls series of books

Makes us want to pack a small rucksack and jump in a camper van. I’m sure they could do with a hand (or foot) for the grape treading.

Grape-pickers in 'Italy' the vintage World Dolls series of books

Join us next time when we’ll be in Austria.

Isis radio

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We couldn’t resist this radio at the local flea market.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

Condition isn’t quite as mint as we like, but it’s such a classic design – and the imperfections are just honest wear & tear to the shiny front surface as opposed to drastic damage from being dropped or chewed by a dog! The radio is actually working fine and it still displays well. In fact, we’ve become quite attached to it sitting on our lounge shelves (where many items find a temporary home).

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

They were manufactured by a company called ISIS – who also made those lovely clocks in the shape of the word CLOCK.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We’re not short of radios in the house, so having shared a wonderful few weeks together, we’re saying goodbye. It’s part of today’s additions to our antiques centre space. We divide our stock between the virtual world and the real world- so pop into the centre if you’re ever near Todmorden. You’ll find lots of similar vintage loveliness!