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1940’s George Telo Lithographs printed by Moss & Company of N.Y.C.

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I have always been a sucker for lithographs. I’ve been on the hunt for George Telo pieces for a while now and came across these 6 on eBay. George Telo was a legendary poster-maker and master of mid century airbrush art. A highly successful artist, Telo was particularly well known for his Latin-themed figures and for producing posters and billboards advertising the Rockettes in New York City. These pieces are 16″ tall by 10″ wide.

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These Telo pieces are 3 sets of couples. Though he did a lot of Latin themed pieces, he produced many different works and themes.

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These lithographs are done so well and with so much detail. His style reminds me of Gill’s Hawaiian pieces.

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 I want to get these framed as soon as possible to prevent any damage to them. I will make sure to show you these once they are framed and hung. I look forward to finding more of his works and learning more about this prolific artist.

 

 

Anniversary Sale @ Midway Antique Mall

Midway Antique Mall Sale

Come celebrate the 10 year Anniversary sale at Midway Antique Mall. As part of the sale, Hepcat Restorations is offering 15% off of items in our shop, except for those marked “firm”.  The mall is also doing a food drive for the Sacramento SPCA.  Anybody who brings in at least 10 oz of unopened dog/cat treats or food (no toys) will receive a 10% off coupon for a future Midway Antique Mall purchase, no minimum purchase required.  Free 90 day layaway is also available.

Old MacDonald’s Farm Sign Arrival!

388629183_71d636e67b_zAfter a long process (almost 3 years) and a lot of red tape, the sign has finally made its way to us for restoration.  If you’re interested, here are links to our other posts so you can see our journey up to this point.

February 15, 2012-Petition to obtain sign for restoration

April 16, 2013-Proposal to Cordova Recreation & Park District Board of Directors

IMG_6507It was a little scary moving it around, but fortunately we had enough help.  The Cordova Recreation and Park District was kind enough to deliver the sign to our location.

IMG_6513I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the sign. When it was up it was hard to get an idea of its real size.

IMG_6514I plan to start on the sign when Spring hits. I will restore it with sign paints as it was originally painted. Of course, I will have to treat the galvanized metal with an adhesion promoter before I paint.

IMG_6518We are still on the hunt for a clear image of the sign. We need an image that shows what the sign looked like before the ravages of time. IMG_6520 Thank you to all who submitted a petition to the Cordova Recreation & Park District to request that we restore this sign and all the readers who supported this effort.  Special thanks to Jo Anne and all the members of the Rancho Cordova Historical Society for all they have done to make this a reality.  It will be great when it’s all done and in the Rancho Cordova Historical Society museum.

Dee Mfg. Corp. Bar Stools Revamp

deemnfgMel and I have been scouring the internet to find stools for our kitchen counter. We had a heck of a time finding something that was appropriate for our decor. We finally found a set of Dee Mfg. stools on eBay that we thought would look great. When they arrived the bases and cushions were separate and there was no hardware!

IMG_5964When these arrived they were pretty farm fresh. The cushions are in great shape with some character. The metal frames had a lot of surface rust.

IMG_5966The cushions are a light pink with black, gray and chartreuse accents.

IMG_5971Each of the stools still had the Dee Mfg. Corp. tags.

IMG_5965crusty and rusty but not for long…

IMG_5968When sanding pieces like this I like to use a foam sanding block. It allows you to get a in all those tough areas.

IMG_5969Here is one base done compared to one of the unrestored bases.

IMG_5970Here they are all painted and set out to dry. Once they dried I attached the bases and cushions with self tapping screws.

IMG_5972We really like the way these turned out. They are simple, but the upholstery is what makes these stools.

IMG_5978They look right at home in our kitchen.

1962 Ford Econoline Van

62econolineMel and I have been looking for a vintage van to use as a promotional vehicle for our business and also to haul antiques. We came across a 1962 Ford Econoline on Craigslist. We reached out to Nicholas the owner and drove down to Oxnard, a town near LA to check it out. Nicholas advised us that this used to be a TV repair man’s van. When he came into possession of it the van still had the TV repair guys name and logos on the outside. Unfortunately, Nicholas said he wasn’t able to save them. We were really amazed at how nice the van was. Once we settled up we used uShip to haul it and deliver it to our home.

IMG_5923Here the van is loaded up getting ready to make the almost 400 mile journey to our place.

IMG_5930What Mel and I really liked about the van was that it’s colors work with our business colors plus its as cute as a bug’s ear.

IMG_5929This is a straight 6 with three on the tree. I know how to drive a manual but I have never had experience with shifting on the steering column. I am sure I will pick it up in no time.

IMG_5933Nicholas had put a lot of effort into the resto of the van. He had it painted and fine tuned its appearance. He even put nice rims with moonies on the wheels. For now we put our magnetic signage on the van but we plan to have Signs Now place stencils on both sides.

IMG_5934Nicholas even had the seats reupholstered. This van has the original Motorola radio in it. Justin from Stellar Electronics plans to do an FM conversion on it which will make it functional like a modern radio. Justin said the conversion will allow me to play my iPhone through it, can’t wait!

IMG_5940Nicholas even had this crazy shag carpet installed which will be great when hauling antiques.

IMG_5690If you see us buzzing around make sure to honk!

Here is a video of the van, I had to shoot it in the garage because we are having some crazy weather.

Check out these old Econoline commercials with comedy legend Buster Keaton!!

Vintage Evergleam 7ft Gold Aluminum Christmas Tree

EvergleamNow that Mel and I have moved into a 50’s style ranch home it only seemed appropriate to put up an aluminum Christmas tree for our first Christmas in this house. Mel and I have a tradition of putting the tree up during Thanksgiving and taking it down after the New Year. We were fortunate that while we were out antiquing recently we ran into a gentleman selling this Evergleam 7ft gold Christmas tree!

IMG_5874Once Mel and I got the tree we were on the hunt for vintage ornaments. We hit many shops in the area snatching up any good vintage ornaments we could find. We then discovered our fellow Midway Antique Mall dealers Retro Robinson had listed this cool box of vintage ornaments on Facebook. They advised us it was at Midway Antique Mall, so we shot right over to get them. This box was new old stock and we were excited to be the first to break open the cellophane!

IMG_5861While at Midway we also found three big bags full of snowball lights from the 50’s! Thanks Paula! My plan is to hang these around the window the tree is in front off. I just need a couple more strands of lights.

IMG_5867Finding a vintage Christmas color wheel was a little more difficult. We had to drive to Salida, California to pick up this gem.

IMG_5862Here it is after not much time decorating.

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Initially we wanted a pink 7ft aluminum tree but this was too good to pass up. Our goal is to one day find the pink version of this tree.

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We plan to find an Evergleam lighted, rotating, music base. For now it is just nice to sit in a dark room letting the color wheel shine and reflect off the piece of vintage gold.

Gold Aluminum Christmas TreeHere is a video I shot to help show the tree.

1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo Color Conversion

IMG_5847This was a long anticipated arrival!  Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine.  You might remember the GE conversion  Justin did not too long ago.  That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.

IMG_5822Justin went through the radio and record player to make sure they worked perfectly.

IMG_5825The color tube(CRT) Justin installed is from a 90’s RCA television.

IMG_5823Justin did such a fantastic job on this one.  He went as far as to custom make switch mechanisms so the original knobs work and function with the new conversion.

IMG_5840Justin was able to make the “Hi Fidelity” light function while the television is on.

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Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.

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And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!

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Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.

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That little black rectangle is the sensor he installed in the grill of the Hi-Fi console.

Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.

IMG_5832Here is Justin going over what he did to make this gem more modern!

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