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Vintage tea towels

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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collection of vintage tea towels

We bought a box of mixed textiles at auction last week which included some lovely vintage tea towels. Great looking – and full of useful facts & figures too! Here are a few of our favourites.

vintage metric tea towel

The ‘Housewives Guide to British Metric Measure’ was aimed at helping us Brits through the process of change from imperial to metric measures – a process which started here in the 1960s and is still ongoing for most people! We certainly use a combination of imperial & metric measures in this household. Metres, feet, inches, miles, kilometres, kilos, pounds, pints, litres, Fahrenheit & Centigrade all jumbled up together – we just grab whichever seems to suit!

detail of vintage metric tea towel

Fabulous decoration and ideal ready reckoner this one!

detail of vintage metric tea towel

This next tea towel was issued by the British Diabetic Association.

vintage diet tea towel

A colourful textile, featuring foodstuffs with recommended daily allowances.

detail of vintage diet tea towel

Various letters & symbols indicate calories, carbohydrate, fat & protein content.

detail of vintage diet tea towel

The next tea towel concentrates solely on calorific values for those watching their weight.

vintage calorie values tea towel

It’s a very striking design and would look great framed.

detail of vintage calorie values tea towel

And the value for sweets? “too many calories” it says. We’ll be the judge of that!!

detail of vintage calorie values tea towel

This last tea towel is fabulous – a food guide to London restaurants dating from the 1950s or 60s. When did London last have 4-digit telephone numbers?

vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

Some of the restaurants still survive to this day.

detail of vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

We love the ‘specialities’ – from ‘midnight cabaret’ to ‘chicken paprika’!

detail of vintage vintage London restaurants tea towel

Drop us a line if you’re interested in any of the tea towels. They’re priced at £20 – £30.

Charity Vintage: Orange stacking chairs

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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job lot of vintage orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal on eBay for Charity(ends 3 Mar, 2015 15:24:12 GMT)

We love these orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal*. They’re currently an unbelievable £1.04 for the job lot of 17 chairs.

You could have 6 dining chairs, 2 bedroom chairs and a set of 4 garden chairs – and still have some leftovers! If you’re anywhere near or willing to drive to Stoke-on-Trent then grab yourself a bargain!

*All monies raised as a result of selling items on eBay will go towards the work that Arch Stepping Stones Appeal does with children and young people who are the ‘forgotten victims of domestic violence’ across Staffordshire and Cheshire. With your help and support they can make a difference by putting a smile back on the faces of our children and young people and help create a bright and safe future for them all.

Charity Vintage: Denmark… a lovely land

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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'Denmark... a lovely land' vintage children's book

We recently completed our World Dolls Series blog posts. Our series took us to Norway but it didn’t make a detour into any of the neighbouring Scandinavian countries.

Denmark… a lovely land, is set out as ‘a letter from Denmark’. It’s addressed to ‘Nina’ and gives her an insight into the country with the help of a music score, black & white photos and lovely colour illustrations. The book looks to date from the 1950s and was written by Inger Oppenhejm with illustrations by Laus Lauesen.

It’s up for sale by & in support of The Martlets Hospice* at a ‘buy it now’ price of £13.50 with free postage.

*The Martlets Hospice is an independent charity, caring for adults with a life limiting disease where a cure is no longer possible, in the Brighton and Hove area. Specialist palliative care is provided for patients. Support is given to families and carers during the patients’ illness and into bereavement.

‘Preserved Children’ recipe

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Vintage recipe tin

We usually post recipes on a Thursday, but we’ll make an exception for this one.

Recipe for preserving children from a vintage recipe tin

We added this 1950s recipe tin to the H is for Home shop today. On the inside of the box is this charming “recipe for preserving children”. All very quaint and Famous Five-ish!

Vintage recipe tin with cards and tabs

The tin itself is rather lovely with the utensil & ingredient design. It even has its original cards & dividers. Surely there must be space for a home-made ginger beer recipe, so that we can serve lashings of it to those excited, preserved children frolicking around the meadow on a hot summer day.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid February 2015

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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vintage orange Wesclox alarm clock

We’ve been photographing today…

vintage orange Wesclox alarm clock vintage wire filing tray
vintage enamel napkin rings vintage Gaytime bud vase

…here’s a small taster of new (vintage) items that will be listed on the H is for Home shop site this week.