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Update: Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio Photo Shoot

This is just a quick update to the Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio photo shoot that recently took place in our home.  We were able get permission to post a couple of our favorite shots from the photo shoot.

The below photo of Sarah was taken in our living room.

Sarah Glamourpuss Photoshoot
Leticia Glamoupuss PhotoshootThe above photo is a great shot of Leticia who is also a WordPress blogger. She writes about retro pop culture and the current trends inspired by the past. You can check out her blog at lettyrydell.wordpress.com.

Sarah & Letty, you look beautiful! Thanks again to Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio for coming out for the shoot.  It was really great to be a part of your goal to increase women’s self-esteem, body confidence, & self-acceptance one pin-up shoot at a time.

1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television

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I have always been a sucker for vintage electronics. We came across this when were out antiquing.

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What amazed me about this little portable television is how clean it is and that it has its original stand!

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As you can see it looks like this little fella was hardly used. It does turn on and has sound. If I decide to use it of course I will have to get a converter box.

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It’s such a cute little set!

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What makes the Cadet so unusual is the handle on the side and the antenna and earphone jack is apart of the handle as well.

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Because of the flash it looks baby blue but in person but it is more of an aqua color.

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I think I will put this in the kitchen and hook up with a small DVD player.

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This will join our museum, I mean home! LOL!

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Ultra Rare RCA Record Player, Radio and Cassette Player

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As always, I was skimming over Craigslist and came across this unit in Alameda, California. It had been posted for 5 days, and I figured it must have sold already. I decided to send an email anyway in hopes it was still available.

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According to the research the guy did that I bought this from, he said this was produced in the 1970’s and they only manufactured 50 of these units. This makes you wonder how many are left.

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This unit has a record player, radio and cassette. All three work, but the record player needs a new cartridge.

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This unit even has its original microphone and stand to record.

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I am a child of the 80’s, so I actually have a huge collection of cassettes.

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I think it is really sleek how the record player is hidden away.

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This unit produces some great sound!

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The speakers are huge and sound great. I need to redo the fabric on them because the previous owner had a cat.

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I plan to keep this until I fall out of love with it, which might take a while. I plan to see if my good buddy Justin from Stellar Electronics can add a jack so my iPhone can play through the unit.

Here are some other cool Panton Era units…

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Weltron, the new shape of sound

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Apollo 861/Circa 711 system ELECTROHOME CANADA

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Wega 3300 Hi-Fi System

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Electrohome

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1976–1978 Rosita Stereo Commander Luxus | Model: mit GC061

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1960s Clairtone Model G stereo

Source:

https://www.pinterest.com/yann75020/objets/

https://www.pinterest.com/neeka13/vintage-record-players-record-collections-radios/

Kevin Rahm Interview Published in Sacramento Magazine

July 2015 Sac Mag

This is just a quick update to the photoshoot of Kevin Rahm fresh off his role from Mad Men, that took place in our home this past May. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the July issue of Sacramento Magazine to find out what photo Tyler Musseter (photographer) decided to use for the article.

The shot that was selected was taken in our living room. We hope you like it!
July Sac MagSource: Sacramento Magazine, July Issue       Photography: Tyler & Christina Mussetter

Vintage Wimpy and Olive Oyl Fiberglass Toppers

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Mel and I attended the Alameda Point Antiques Faire a couple of weeks ago. There was a large turn out, and we found a really cool large Wimpy fiberglass figure. When we purchased the Wimpy character we started discussing it with the seller and he mentioned that he had the Olive Oyl figure at his shop as well! The next day, we shot over to his shop and picked up Olive Oyl.

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The gentleman we purchased these from was unsure if they went on top of slot

machines, or maybe toppers for an amusement park ride.

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As you can see, they will need to be restored. I can’t wait.

I love restoring freakish things like this.

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We had only planned to get Wimpy because we were going to hang

him in our kitchen, but we couldn’t pass up Olive Oyl.

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I plan to start on the restoration in the week or so.

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Since we found these two, we figure there should at least be Popeye and Bluto somewhere. After a long search online I found this piece at Mardi Gras World in Louisiana. I called the next day and they said it had been sold…..DANG! Oh well, the hunt is half the fun.

 

Super Atomic Aluminium Recliners

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We recently attended a local antique fair and it was pretty uneventful, except for these two beauties.

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The fabric is so atomic and right down our alley.

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We purchased them from one of the usual sellers we buy from. He said he purchased them from a little old man who used them for a short time when purchased, and then placed them in the rafters until now.

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Overall they are in fantastic condition considering their age. The metal frames could use some cleaning up.

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The cushions need a good scrubbing to freshen them up! We are undecided if we plan to keep them. If we don’t, make sure to check out our shop at Midway Antique Mall.

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They make me want to lay down and sip on some mojitos.

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A. Brandt Ranch Oak Roundup!

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I was surfing Craigslist as usual when I came across a posting for a large set of A. Brandt Ranch Oak. The set included a table, 9 chairs, mirror, 2 end tables and two table lamps. Then, a couple of days later I found someone selling a dresser with mirror.

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I posted about A. Brandt Ranch Oak a little while back (link). Ranch Oak was produced from the 1930’s-1970’s. I am such a fan of this western themed furniture. I love the chunky hand scraped look of these pieces and the white furniture wax buildup that was intentionally applied to create the pickled effect.

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What I love about this furniture is that it is solid oak. Because of it being solid, when it gets a scratch, I just have to sand it and refinish. The dining and end table tops need to be refinished, but nothing major.

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This table expands to a tremendous length when you pull the extensions out on each end.

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I love the handles carved out on the chairs.

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I ordered some pickling wax to refinish all these pieces. It appears to be a straight forward process that I will blog about once I receive the wax.

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Here is a grainy illustrated image of the table out of the brochure:

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This furniture will be around for many years to come because it was built to last. No IKEA particle board here! I was told by a friend of ours that the actress Diane Keaton has a huge collection of Ranch Oak, but I haven’t been able to substantiate that information. Now I am on the hunt for additional pieces!

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