Category Archives: Household items


Category Archives: Household items

Oversize Holiday Candle Matchbook

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find matchbooks at local businesses. They used to be ubiquitous and an easy way for businesses to advertise. But with smoking rates down, its easier (and healthier) for businesses to hand out pens, sticky notes or other products. This matchbook is from a bank in Middlesex County in Massachusetts and […]
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Incredible Hulk 1970s Blanket

This blanket once belonged to my brother. He was a huge fan of the Hulk. The green superhero debuted in 1962. Stan Lee (one of his creators) said the Hulk was a combo of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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1950s – 60s Felt Ski Dolls

I’ve always loved these ski dolls growing up. My mom had them and would always bring them out with the Christmas decorations. They’re now in my possession and I display them all winter long. These dolls were made in Japan and are from the 1950s/60s. They’re made of felt and the limbs can bend. They […]
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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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