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Uncle Sam’s Coin Register Bank

Well another tax year has come to a close. And wondering what to do with your tax refund? Perhaps put it in the bank or specifically in a vintage coin register bank. Banks like this were made throughout the 20th century. For fifty years they were made in the US by the Durable Toy and […]
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1970s Peter Max Three-Ring School Binder

I’ve written about pop artist Peter Max before, but I wanted to share this Max-related item with you. And it’s just in time for back-to-school! Peter Max’s signature pop art style was everywhere in the late 1960s and early 70s. With this item, kids could attend school with their own Peter Max designed three-ring binder. […]
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Vintage Bee Smoker by Dadant & Sons

The Dadant & Sons beekeeping supply company has been in business since 1863. They supply all the necessary equipment for maintaining honey bees and harvesting the honey. One popular piece of equipment is the ‘smoker.’ It’s used to help calm the bees before the beekeeper opens the hive. I keep bees, but I must confess […]
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1930s ‘Bluebird’ Radio by Walter Dorwin Teague

I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York over the weekend and I wandered into the modern design section. One of the items on display was this ‘Bluebird” Radio from the mid-1930s. It was designed by industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague. It’s made of glass, chrome-plated metal, fabric and wood. The Bluebird’s […]
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Advertising Icon: Nipper, the RCA Victor Dog

Nipper was a real dog born in 1884 in Bristol, England. He died in September 1895. Three years after Nipper’s death owner Francis Barraud painted a picture of Nipper listening intently to a wind-up gramophone. Francis Barraud said, “It is difficult to say how the idea came to me beyond that fact that it suddenly […]
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Origins of the Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

What is the Morton Salt Girl’s name? How old is she? The Morton Salt Girl has never had a name. She is between the ages of seven and nine. How many Morton Salt Girls have there been since 1914? There have been six official Morton Salt Girls. The Umbrella Girl first appeared on the Morton […]
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Cartoon Kid’s Bed Sheets Part Two

My quest for vintage bed sheets for kids continues! Last year, I posted how I’m on the hunt for cartoon character bed sheets. You can read that post here. Here are a few more of my recent finds!
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Madonna True Blue Beach Towel

Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance has put her back in the spotlight (with a little help from M.I.A.). All week I’ve been rummaging through my vintage stash looking for items bearing the pop diva’s name. This is one item I had tucked away. This beach towel is from 1989 and was sold during Madonna’s True […]
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins China Tableware

Mr. and Mrs. Bunnykins and brood were introduced in 1934. The artwork was created by the daughter of the general manager of Doulton chinaware. Her name was Mary Barbara Bailey. Sister Bailey was not a professional illustrator, but a nun. Bunnykins china depicted cute rabbits dressed in clothes, in small-town English scenes. Princess Elizabeth and […]
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Cartoon Character Bed Sheets

One item I love looking for when I’m out thrifting is cartoon character bed sheets. Once in a while I find a full set, but usually I come across just the top flat sheet. Qualities to look for are condition, classic characters and bright, vibrant colors. Bed sheets are not rare, but they are hard […]
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