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Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Long, Long Trailer

Thanks to Sherry and Dan who let me know that The Long, Long Trailer will be playing on TCM Sat. Aug. 6 @ 2:30 PM. This date also coincides with what would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. If you have the chance take some time to watch this hilarious movie, or set your DVR’s to record it!

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Well it doesn’t get anymore atomic than this does it? Here is a great educational video on the Atom! The art is really cool! I hope you enjoy and learn something as well.

Oh, of course with the discovery of the atom came these public service announcements from 1951. I don’t know about you but I would take little comfort in hiding under my desk. I will say one thing though, those sirens are eerie sounding. Have a great Saturday everyone!

Duck & Cover (1951)

Atomic Alert (1951)

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Welcome Home Nick

To celebrate my nephew Nick being home from the Army  I decided to stray from the usual and pay tribute. I wanted to thank all those who have served and are serving. As a veteran myself I know freedom isn’t free and that we all should take a moment and pray for all those who put themselves in harms way so that we can enjoy our way of life. Here is a tribute that shows our service men and women doing what they do best. Thank you all and God bless America.

Thanks Nick and all of you who do so much to make this union strong.

1938 Ferdinand the Bull

Ok, I know it is from 1938 but cut me some slack… know you want to see this. You have probably been thinking about this cartoon for a long time but couldn’t remember its name. It is one of my favorites made by Disney. Enjoy!

Souvenir Tablecloths

This is the coolest image and can be found on the New Mexico tablecloth

If you have a retro pad or you want to add a bit of atomic design then this is the hot ticket. These started being sold some time in the 1930’s.  In the early 1940’s with more people owning cars many families would travel to different states and buy tablecloths & kitchen towels as a souvenir of the states they had visited. These tablecloths came in many themes such as states, cities and even landmarks. I think with summer here it is a really cool addition to a table or in some instances if you find a really cool one you could consider framing it. I love the vibrant colors and the illustrations on them. Here are a few that I think are cool! Enjoy my friends!

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Color overload!

I love the imagery on this one

Wow, the whole coucntry!

A big tablecloth for a big state!

This is us boys and girls!

1940’s Entry Table

It looks great with our lamps!

I purchased this off of Craigslist awhile ago and restored it. Once I finished restoring it I realized I didn’t have room for it so I tried to sell it. I posted it on Craigslist and I didn’t get one bite. We moved shortly after that and I was actually lucky it didnt sell because I love it in our new place.

When I got this table it had a blond finish and it was so old that it was peeling off. The stability was also a problem. I had to reinforce all the joints and I also glued and screwed the legs where they are now. I decided to go for a two tone look and used a satin finish sage green with a gloss black for the drawers and legs. I repainted the drawer pulls in the sage color as well so they wouldn’t get lost in the piece. We like it and I hope you do too!


This would also look good behind a retro couch

I think the black and sage go well together.

We love it!

Vintage Trailers

OMG! A 1960 Holiday House, must have…….sigh

Check this out!

Summer is here and that means one thing……its time to explore the great outdoors. If you are fortunate to own a vintage camper then I envy you. My step-father and I tried to restore a 1968 Aristocrat camper and it became a money pit, plus there was soo much rot from water damage we had to abandon the process. I know from experience it is cheaper to buy a restored camper then it is to do a full restoration. If you are thinking of getting one of the many vintage campers that you see on Craigslist then keep that in mind.

Nearest I can tell the first camper hit the road around 1913. The idea of having a house on wheels that let you bring all the comforts of home grew momentum over the years. People enjoyed exploring the wild parts of America and building memories that would last. I am especially fond of the ones from the 1950’s and the 1960’s. In my humble opinion that was the zenith of style and design.

Anyways I wanted to show a few that I like and were restored by their owners. These folks did a marvelous job and I am sure these campers turn everyone’s head .

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1948 Sportsman

1955 Shasta…….wow

This 1957 Shasta really sends me! The red just pops!

1956 Spartan Royal Mansion

If this wets your appetite for a vintage camper there is a movie that will really fire it up. The 1953 all time classic and favorite of vintage camper lovers “The Long, Long  Trailer”! It stars one of our favorite couples, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. This is a great flick about the pluses and minuses of owning a camper. They keep you laughing with their antics and the situations they get them selves into. Here is the trailer (no pun intended) for the movie.

Closer Than You Think!

Check these far out clippings made sometime around the mid 50’s to the early 60’s! They had such high hope for the future…..what happened??

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Ok, I want to deliver mail if that is what it is suppose to be like

So stylish


Looks like the Galleria!


Now that's a fruit stand!

I am diggin' this place!

I but your premiums would be sky high!

You could change the color of your car all the time!

There is no way I would be able to sleep with daylight all the time

guess you wouldn't need your glasses

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock made one of my favorite movies of all time, 1954’s Rear Window. I sort of think of Mr.Hitchcock as the Tim Burton of that era (except better than Mr.Burton). I can’t say there is one thing that draws me to that movie specifically but it is the film as a whole. I think James Stewart & Grace Kelley are great in it as well as the rest of the cast. One of the things I love about it is that it shows everyday life and sometimes if you actually look at your neighbors and their habits you might be surprised at what is going on right under your nose. I feel as though Mr.Hitchcock really hit it out of the park when he made this film. Here are a few other films he made that I am a fan of as well. Some of these you may not be familiar with but he made so many more movies than just Psycho. I have tried to include a couple of the trailers. Enjoy!

Oh, one last thing…Mr.Hitchcock liked to make a cameo in his films so keep your eyes peeled when watching his movies!

1955 The Trouble With Harry (John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine & Edmund Gwenn)

1948 Rope (James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger )

1958 Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes)

1960’s Telefunken Hymnus Stereo Counsel

Originally the styling attracted me to these units. It wasn’t till I started listening to the quality produced by its audio that I fell in love with them. An opportunity to purchase a Telefunken  Hymnus  floor counsel finally presented itself and I jumped on it. The cabinet of this piece is in great shape and much to my surprise it actually worked when turned on! Once I got the unit home I started looking through it and I found all kinds of paperwork to it. I found electrical schematics, receipts of purchase and other little things. This unit came equipped with the  Am/FM/SW radio, record player and the original owners even purchased the option reel to reel unit! A cool feature with this unit is it has swing out speakers on the side. All I have had to do to this unit is oil it and dust it. Mel and I are really happy with our purchase.

Here is a little history:

Telefunken was established on May 27th 1903 in Berlin and it was a joint venture by Siemens & Halske and the Allgemeine Elektrizitas-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company). In the beginning Telefunken predominantly worked on military and governmental projects but later moved towards the civilian market. Telefunken was active in the radio and television marketplace, recording, and records manufacturing. They had become a household name in Germany and Throughout Europe. Due to vast mismanagement Telefunken started their long slide to oblivion in 1970. It is such a shame to see a company that made such a great product dissolve not because of its quality but because of mismanagement.

I really recommend, if you haven’t already, giving one of these units a listen. The have such a rich and deep sound to them that you might just run home and throw out all that “Made in Japan” stuff and buy one of these fantastic units.

Here are some pictures of our unit!


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