Sunday, August 22, 2010

I love Watching Mad Men! Do you?

The Mad Men Fashion File - Has Peggy Finally Found Her Style Groove?

Here is a bit of interesting reading from the AMC Newsletter
about Peggy...I think my favorite character.
Much like Mad Men itself, Don Draper may have started a trend: After his Blue Period earlier this season, the whole office took to wearing his chosen color. Peggy discarded her silk necktie for an indigo vest, Joan got it wrapped around her curves, Dr. Faye Miller sported it twice, and Pete Campbell took the phrase "blue blood" to a whole new level with his first ensemble: a bold cobalt blazer, accented with a skinny blue-slashed tie. "I know you're all slaves to Draper," says Ken Cosgrove at his lunch with Pete, and, at least in the wardrobe sense, that seems to be true.

But how can we focus on the office when Peggy goes to a downtown art party? Now she's wearing a striped long-sleeve shirt, her hair is mod, and she's sporting lip gloss. Wait... Has Peggy finally found her style groove? Fingers crossed, because, in the words of Rachel Zoe, she is shutting it down in that outfit. Peggy's horizontal stripes reference the French trend popular with American girls of the time. The look -- specifically the nautical striped tee -- is actually coming back in a major way. You can get a striped top like Peggy's at Lands' End or Ann Taylor -- and if you choose one with a boatneck, instead of Peggy's turtleneck, you'll make your neck look longer.

One more thing about the party scene: Did you notice Joyce's white leather jacket? She's a foil for California Stephanie's "carefree girl in white pants," but, at the same time, she's just another version of the youthquake, and the turquoise necklace she wore under her blazer in the elevator could just as easily have been worn over one of Stephanie's Tees.

Peggy's style mold continues to shatter in her next scene, when she wears something so thoroughly modern it makes me giddy. Sure, it's bright blue (she does worship Don, after all), but, aside from that, this piece is totally new for us. It's got a sharp geometric collar and an A-line skirt that hints at Betsey Johnson's designs for the Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia. And you guessed it: That store opened in 1965. (Fashion goddess Amy Larocca wrote about it for New York Magazine, if you want some extra inspiration.)

Peggy's outfits in this episode almost make Trudy Campbell look -- dare we say it? -- conventional. But costume designer Janie Bryant does something neat with Trudy in her first scene. She's wearing a dress with a very traditional, very feminine silhouette, but it's covered in a crazy clashing pattern. It's a neat reference to Trudy's essence: She's forward thinking and fun, but, deep down, she's thrilled to fill the traditional roles of wife and (expecting) mother.

Speaking of traditional roles, there was something amazing about the last scene at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. A glass door separates Peggy and Peter Campbell, whose suit had changed from blue to brown to black throughout the episode. Pete literally joins a pack of suits in the office, while Peggy is on the other side with peers in colorful scarves and oversize corduroy blazers. It's a beautiful moment, not only because of the characters' wrought personal history but also because -- let's face it -- the gap between the establishment and the counterculture will soon be way bigger than a glass door.

Did you cry at the end of the episode? I did. The sight of the old married couple passing Don's solitary apartment made me weep. But the man who wanted the pears was wearing an old nubby sweater, loose pants, and shuffling boat shoes, the same thing my grandfather (who also lived in New York City) wore. Maybe even in the fashion world, some things never change

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Old Time? The Documentary

I love to peruse You Tube for vintage movies and clips to show you here, but I ran acros this title "Why Old Time" that really intrigued me. This looks like an interesting and entertaining documentary.

Why Old Time? This is a nice little trailer of the Movie.

From their site: We began with a simple question: why Old Time?

What we have found is that Old Time music just isn't a sound. It's a lifestyle. It's living history. And it's the musicians drive it ever forward while preserving an untarnished musical tradition.

In the summer of 2008, Horse Archer Productions announced a full length documentary called Why Old Time? In this film, we explore the beauty and art of Old Time music and demonstrate why this particular type of roots music holds such power.

Want more info? Here's the website to the movie :

Monday, August 9, 2010

1940's Fashion Show!

Since I have been posting alot more vintage clothing to My Attic's Charms, I thought it would be fun to see a 40's fashion show...whaddya think?

Check out my latest clothing here: My Attic's Wardrobe
My "Movie Star" dress here is just one of the lucious vintage goodies there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

This is a collection of absolutely wonderful photos published in the Denver Post of images from the 30's and 40's

Well worth the look.! Enjoy

Use this link....

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

Friday, July 23, 2010

French Ivory, The Greatest Sailing Ships and an Effanbee!

French Ivory Vanity Set: Powder Box, Mirror, Brush, Hair Receiver, Tray

This pretty vintage set consists of a brush, Powder box, Hair Receiver, and elegant mirror. Aside from a few invisible spots here and there (the few spots probably are from some sort of product, splashed on and can only be seen in a certain light). This is characteristic of French Ivory. Also characteristic is the wavy little lines in the celluloid that is the signature of French Ivory.
It is a creamy aged beige with a butterscotch bevel around the rims of each piece, and solidly on the inside of both lids.
The bristles on the brush appear to be horse hair but I am not certain of this. In any case, it is in perfect condition and absolutely clean.
The mirror is in very good condition, with the exception of 1 small chip under the glass. It is not on top of the glass as it is very smooth to the touch. The silver is also wrinkled at another point on the rim under the glass and not on top. It is very sturdy!
The tray has a small chip on the rim, but it also has the grain on it. It may not be part of the rest of the beveled set. So I am throwing it in at no cost. Some of the pieces also show angel hair scratches here and there from normal wear.
Measurements: Mirror: 10.5"x6", Brush: 8.5” x 3”, Powder Box & Hair Receiver Box: 4.5" X 2.25, Tray: 12.5 x 8.75" x .75".
A little history about French Ivory:
French ivory is just a fancy name for celluloid, a type of plastic invented in the late 1860s to imitate ivory. French ivory was the trade name for objects produced by the JB Ash Co. in Illinois. French or faux ivory is synonymous with several other trade names including Genuine French Ivory or Ivoire De Paris (often accompanied by an elephant symbol), Ivorette, Depose Ivor-Tone France, Ivorine, Ivorite, and Pyralin.
French ivory was in vogue from its inception through the late 1930s, with its heyday between 1910 and 1930. French ivory was used extensively for dressing table accessories and manicure sets for the bedroom. Fancier sets were often monogrammed. Many people today mistake French ivory for bakelite, which eventually replaced it.
John W. Hyatt developed Celluloid, a trademark for plastic in 1868. Vanity sets became popular during the 1890-1940. In an era when grooming was a timely process and not hurried as it is sometimes today, woman sat down to a vanity table/stand adorned with matching comb,brush, mirror, as well as manicure tools, shoe horns, button hooks, powder boxes, trinket boxes, hair receivers, etc. In think one of the most interesting pieces is the hair receivers. In Victorian times through 1900's, woman used the hair from the brushes to stuff in the container. The hair was then made into balls to stuff into small pin cushions, small pillows, or to incorporate into their hair filling in spots making hair appear full. The hair receiver could be called an early recycling device.
Bring this charming set home to your vanity table and enjoy it for many years to come!

America’s Greatest Sailing Ships Collectors Plate : “America”
dated 1987 Li
mited Edition
This plate in, pristine condition, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity #2309A, and brochure with a bit of history about the schooner and the artist. Also included, is its original box.

It measures 9.5” in diameter. It had a limited production period of just 14 firing days. One of eight issues in the series by renowned marine artist, Tom Freeman. 23K gold border. Available exclusively by the Hamilton Collection. Hand painted on quality porcelain.

The back reads: “The schooner America, was built by George Steers in New York, to be shown in the first World’s Fair held in England in 1851. She made international history when the same year she out sailed the British Royal Yacht Squadron in the race around the Isle of Wight thus winning the trophy that became known as the “America’s Cup”.

Please inquire about other America’s Greatest Sailing Ships Plates for sale at My Attic’s Charms

Effanbee Vinyl Baby Doll #2400 Circa 1971
This adorable collectible Effanbee baby doll, 12", 1971, is very sweet! She is in perfect condition! No cra
in the vinyl, no chewed fingers or toes and her “sleeper eyes” work perfectly! All her lashes are in place and she drinks and wets!
This beautiful baby doll has an all vinyl body/limbs; fully jointed. All molded fingers and molded toes. She
has adorable Effanbee features and molded hair. This sweet baby doll has clear blue eyes with all lashes. With darling pink cheeks and pink nurser mouth, she will delight any child be a wonderful conversation piece for your collection!. I was told that this is her original dress, but I am not certain of this. In any case, the little red dress is in perfect condition. Very crisp and clean.
The markings on the back of her head read: Effanbee 1971 #6171. Also a #10. Her body markings read: Effanbee 2400. There is a whistle, but is not working.

She has no under garments or shoes. She comes with a doll stand.
What a cutie!

Well that's the latest update from My Attic's Charms however this is not at all all of the newest items Please search my site now to see all the latest...Including a vintage horse pattern sweater and other vintage clothing. I do have lots more vintage clothing to post so stay tuned for that too!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

10 Tips To Care For Your Antique Glassware

10 Tips To Care For Your Antique Glassware
By: Martin Swinton Published: August 22, 2007

Antique glassware needs a gentle hand. This month we'll give you some useful tips to help you care for your antique or modern glassware.

On Right :Depression Era Glass Creamer and Sugar Set Yellow Pinstripe

1. Avoid putting glassware into direct sunlight or near any other heat sources such as radiators.

2. Avoid slippage by using two hands when carrying delicate items. Remove lids and stoppers to be safe.

3. Avoid stains in vases by changing the water every two days and removing any flowers or leaves before they dry onto the vase. Keep in mind that any liquid will stain glassware if it remains over a period of time.

4. Avoid temperature extremes. Very cold or very hot water is too taxing on antique glassware. Sudden temperature changes can stress the glass.

5. Avoid the dishwasher; it is too harsh on fragile glassware. Fill a plastic bowl with warm soapy water in the sink to wash glassware. The plastic bowl protects the glassware from the hard stainless sink.

6. Wash items one at a time to avoid any in-water collisions. 7. Use a soft bristled brush made of nylon or plastic to wash glassware.

8. Line the drying area with towels in case of any tumbles. 9. Gently dry glassware with lint-free cloths.

10. During storage, remove decanter stoppers and lids. If there is any dampness, the lid will trap it in and cause cloudiness.

Martin Swinton owns Take-A-Boo Emporium, an antique shop located in Toronto, Canada. He does furniture restoration, caning and rushing repairs, custom reproductions, upholstery, teaches courses on antiques and does appraisals for estates and community events. He can be reached at 416-785-4555

Monday, June 14, 2010

For all you vacationers out there...Happy Trails!

Sweet! Remember?
Vintage Travel Trailer Slide Show
Johnny Cash - "One Piece at a Time "

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Advantages of Wearing Costume Jewelry

by Sandeep Singh
Costume jewelry has been popular for centuries, and is still one of the most common types of accessories on the market today. The simple fact is that these pieces are made of high quality materials, and can last for several years even with daily use. Inexpensive pieces are also an extremely cost efficient way to spice up some of the classic pieces in your wardrobe.

Adding Flair to Your Wardrobe

Like many people, you may be looking for a way to add some flair to your work wardrobe without spending tons of money on pieces that work with the clothing you already own. Costume jewelry is an excellent option for spicing up even the dullest outfits that fill your closet. You can choose to add pins and brooches that are filled with color and style to pants suits and dresses, or add a simple pair of bangle earrings to more casual attire.
Amber & Crystal Rhinestone Costume Jewelry Pin & 1 matching earring

Necklaces are also an excellent way to wear inexpensive accessories to spice up your wardrobe. Simple necklaces with larger charms are a nice way to add some style to your outfit when you only want to wear one piece, or you can wear a matching set of earrings with a much smaller necklace. Accessories are a simple, inexpensive way to express your creative side when you must wear conservative clothing.

Benefits of Inexpensive Accessories

The main benefit of costume jewelry is that it is relatively inexpensive, so you can purchase something for each part of your wardrobe. Inexpensive pieces are also well made, and advances in manufacturing and production have made them even higher quality than ever before. High quality metals such as stainless steel and sterling silver are both commonly used in accessories, and are both easy to care for metals that are designed to last for many years to come.

Costume jewelry can also be worn even if it is found in second hand shops or in an online auction. Vintage pieces are one of the easiest ways to give any of your suits a classical look without spending a fortune on jewelry


Today's costume jewelry is boldly colored, and is commonly found in chunky styles that can easily be worn alone or with other pieces to make a wonderfully bright and colorful addition to your wardrobe. It is easy to add simply one piece to a drab outfit to brighten it up, especially when you choose a fresh piece that is eye catching.

If you prefer more simple styles, then you will love wearing a small crystal necklace or bracelet. Floating styles are popular, and are easily worn with a wide variety of clothing styles. You can even wear a bold vintage piece to formal occasions, and receive compliments with grace.

Using costume jewelry as a way to express your creative side is a great way to also accessorize all of your many different clothing styles, so be creative and choose the pieces that you love.

For More Wholesale Costume Jewelry information please visit Wholesale Costume Jewelry.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Roy Roger and Dale Evans "Happy Trails"

Just a little flash back for you....

Friday, May 14, 2010

Depression Glass Was Promotional and FREE!

Depression Glass
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To name some of the 100's of styles and patterns, Pink Sunflower patterned depression cake plates
Fluorescent Uranium Depression Glass, Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.

Most of this glassware was made in the central and mid-west United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive in the first half of the twentieth century. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear, (crystal); pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultra marine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

Although of marginal quality, Depression glass has been highly collectible since the 1960s. Due to its popularity as a collectible, Depression glass is becoming more scarce on the open market. Scarce pieces may sell for several hundred dollars. Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. Popular and expensive patterns and pieces have been reproduced, and reproductions are still being made.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Alluring 1950s Inspired Wedding Gowns

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By Bridget Mora

If the latest collections from the bridal designers are any indication, the 1950s are back! Fabulous '50s inspired wedding gowns took the runways by storm at the most recent bridal market. Learn more about the alluring 1950s style gowns and get suggestions about how to pick yopur perfect gown here.

So what makes a wedding gown mid-century fab? It is the strapless necklines with natural waists flowing into full skirts. Tea length gowns were a new addition to the collections of many of the bridal designers, as were gowns with flirty tulle skirts. Also in evidence were lace appliques, ribbons at waists, and even fabric flower corsage accents on the waists of the gowns. All of this adds up to a fantastic and feminine collection of wedding gowns for 2010 brides!

What bride might like a 1950s style gown for her wedding? Anyone who loves classic elegance, timeless beauty, and dresses meant for dancing! The tea length skirts on many of the dresses also make them wonderful choices for brides having outdoor or beach weddings, as well as any bride who wants a gown that is easy to move and dance in (bonus- the shorter skirt length also shows off a great pair of shoes!).

The emphasis on the natural waistline in the 50s inspired bridal gowns is a very flattering silhouette on many women. A fitted bodice with a strongly defined waist flowing into a full skirt will make your waist look tiny. The natural waist is also excellent for petite brides who tend to get cut in half by dropped waists, as well as any bride who wants to hide her tummy. Having a sash or wide ribbon at the waistline helps to make the effect even better.

Strapless reigns supreme in these gowns. The 1950s were especially known for their sweetheart strapless necklines, which are wonderfully romantic and feminine. They can be much easier to wear than the standard straight across strapless neckline, which can give some women a boxy look (especially those with broad shoulders). Do not fear that the sweetheart neckline will be too revealing for a busty figure; they can be very subtly shaped to conceal, rather than reveal, the bridal cleavage.

The embellishments on the 1950s style wedding dresses trend towards demure. Imagine beautiful French lace appliques on a tulle skirt, a pert little satin bow at the waist, or perhaps a bodice with a wrapped organza detail. These gowns do not tend to sparkle or shine with rhinestones; they are best accented with delicate pearl bridal jewelry. Choose an updated combination of pearl and crystal bridal jewelry, or go for the all out vintage effect with a traditional strand of pearls. Either way, the results will be gorgeous. Finish off your demure 50s inspired look with a waist length veil, and perhaps a little sheer organza coverup for the ceremony.

The look of the 1950s style bridal gowns is so classic and lovely that you will look back on your wedding photos in 20 years and love your dress just as much as you did on first sight. Tulle, lace, organza, pearls, and bows are things that never go out of styles for brides. The fun and festive 1950s wedding dresses will make every bride who wears one feel absolutely lovely on her wedding day.

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My Attic's Charms has a lovely Saratoga Wedding Gown for only $100 from the 80' perfect preworn condition.

Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, jewelry, and fashion. For a look that is always in style, choose timeless

Monday, April 26, 2010

The History of Aprons and introducing My Attic's sister store

Remember making an apron in Home Ec?
The History of Aprons

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,because she only had a few,it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wond
erful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow,

bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the menfolks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

Vintage aprons for sale at my new sister store! My Attic's Wardrobe

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bob Mackie...finally! Haviland and Limoges My Attic's store!

Bob Mackie Silk Beaded Evening Gown open link
Exquisitely sleek and, of course hand beaded, with faux pearls, silver bugle beads, and off white sequins set on flesh tone 100 % silk, this pre-worn gown is most gorgeous and sexy!
The rivelets of the “jewels” are in a flowing irregular pattern that completely covers the slim high collar and zippered tight full length sleeves.
A 26” slit on the right leg compliments all baring just the right amount of thigh!
All the jewels are in tact with the exception of the beads at the very top of the slit, that has been stressed and separated a bit. A seamstress will quickly be able to repair and reinforce this when you have it professionally cleaned, which of course you would want to do, since this is a pre-worn gown.
The measurements: The dress is a size 6
Lengths: Front: 55” (the front tapers up at the hem so it is a bit shorter in the front than the back). Back: 57” (slightly longer in the back). Sleeves: 22” lying flat 1 side. Slit 26”. Neck to slit 27”
Widths: Hip width lying flat: 17” 1 side. Breast width lying flat: 15” 1 side. Wrist width lying flat 3.5” 1 side.
Care instructions per the Bob Mackie Label: “100% silk. Do not wash. Do not dry clean. Professional spot cleaning only. Do not spray alchohol based products directly on garment such as: perfume, hair spray, deodorant, etc”
This gown will turn heads as you enter a room…imagine the 2 layered (a sheer silk on the opaque silk) flesh tone revealing only these sparkling rows of beads running up and down the slender body, while flashing a little leg as one steps, and dances... Wow!

Bob Mackie
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Gordon Mackie (born March 24, 1940 in Monterey Park, California) is an American fashion designer, best known for his costuming for entertainment icons such as Cher, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and Mitzi Gaynor. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during its entire 11 year run and designed the costumes for the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy.

Mackie is also known for his exclusive designs of dress for high-priced Barbie dolls.

Two of Mackie's best-remembered creations had a humorous event. While working on the The Carol Burnett Show, he designed a "curtain dress" (complete with a curtain rod across the shoulders) that Carol Burnett wore in the Went with the Wind parody. Mackie also designed the garish ensemble worn by Cher at the March 1986 Academy Awards: black stretch pants, a bejeweled loincloth, knee high boots, a black chainlink top, and a huge feathered Mohawk headdress that was one and a half times taller than her head. Introduced by Jane Fonda with the words, "Wait'll you see what's gonna come out here," Cher was appearing as a presenter after what many considered an Oscar snub (Cher was not nominated for her performance in Mask). "As you can see," said Cher, "I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress."

Mackie is often called the sultan of sequins, or the rajah of rhinestones, known for his sparkling and imaginative costume designs. He has won nine Emmy Awards for his designs, and was thrice nominated for an Academy Award. He attended Pasadena City College and Chouinard Art Institute.

Mackie has said, "A woman who wears my clothes is not afraid to be noticed."

[edit] Notable Mackie clothing wearers
Some of the people who have worn Mackie's outfits include:

Carol Burnett
Mitzi Gaynor
Tina Turner
Whitney Houston
Diana Ross
Liza Minnelli
Toni Tennille
Bernadette Peters
Dottie West
Raquel Welch
Sylvie Vartan
Joan Collins
Diahann Carroll
Doris Duke
Judy Garland
Lucille Ball
Lynda Carter
The Jackson 5
Jada Pinkett Smith (at the 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards)
Barbra Streisand (in the films Funny Girl and Funny Lady)
Madonna (at the 1991 Academy Awards)
Goldie Hawn
Marie Osmond
Eva Longoria Parker (at the 2006 Golden Globes)
Elton John
Marlene Dietrich
Oprah Winfrey (at the 1986 Academy Awards)
Bette Midler
Sally Field (in film Smokey and the Bandit II)
Chita Rivera
Pia Zadora
Whoopi Goldberg (at the 1999 Academy Awards)
Sharon Stone (in the film Casino)
Brooke Shields (in the film Brenda Starr)
Anjelica Huston (on a cover of Vanity Fair)
Pink (for her Funhouse Tour)
Katy Perry (in her video for "Waking Up in Vegas")
Bart Simpson (in the episode "Burns' Heir")
Anne Baxter

Limoges Bawo & Dotter Elite Works Teacup Only open link

Replacement cup available in this beautiful black on gold pattern with lacey accents. It is in perfect condition no wear, chips cracks or crazing. High grade porcelain from Limoges France. This is the teacup ONLY.
It measures 3.75 x 2" and weighs 4 oz. Pattern unknown at this time.

Limoges Haviland & Co Gold Rim Saucer Only
open link. In perfect condition. The Gold is solid and brilliant. The mark reads “Haviland France” and “ Decorated by Haviland & Co. Limoges”. It measures 5.5” in diameter.
If you are needing a replacement for this lovely eggshell white saucer, now is your chance.

My Attic's Wardrobe...Grand Opening!
I have opened a new store! A new website called My Attic's Wardrobe . I have a huge amount of vintage and soon to be vintage clothing to post there, so you are seeing the first few additions. So stay tuned. Let me know what you think!

Well that's it for now...I am so pleased I finally was able to get some mannequins at a bargain!
if you are patient and just keep looking on Craig's can find what you want. Thank you Craig!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hand Painted Roses & Lemons, Kodak & America's Centennial!

Lemon Slice Plate -Hand Painted Roses with Gold
open link
This beautiful Lemon Slice Serving Plate is in pristine condition. Not a chip, crack or crazing at all. The Gold trim on the rim and the handle is rich with shine and luster. The hand painted pretty pink roses and buds are on the stem and lay across a pale teal background. This is a porcelain plate. The finish of the glaze on the top of the plate is a matte rather than a high gloss and lends itself to the soft and lovely design. No marks are on the plate to identify its manufacture, but it has a very vintage appeal
It measures 6.5” and weighs about 9 oz. The dark mark on the bottom of the plate is merely a bit of gold that was incidentally made in the manufacturer.
I think this would also be
lovely as a wall hanging tied with a pretty ribbon as the hanger.

Timing Clock - Kodak, 'Eastman Timer', circa 1920s
This vintage timer is ticking away beside me here as I type! It works! Yet it is stamped on the back of the somewhat corroded metal, PATENTED/APRIL 27 1920/NOV.29 1921/MADE IN U.S.A.
The mechanisms are tight to wind, and I am not sure how accurate it is going to be…but regardless it is a valuable piece of Kodak history which began in the 20’s! It would be a treasure addition to your camera collection!
It is a circular, what appears to be, nickel plated brass timer clock, 5-60 min. Analogue. Cylindrical shape, with white face and black numbers and markings. A brass ring is attached to the top knob. It is stabilized by two stylish leg supports. There are three mechanisms for winding and adjusting on the back and a start and stop slider on the left top.
The text on the dial reads: EASTMAN/TIMER/EASTMAN KODAK CO./ROCHESTER N.Y./MADE IN U.S.A. Covered with a perfectly intact glass face.
It is 4” in diameter and 2.5” wide
The metal has a dull shine to it still but has some pitting here and there. The back[panel shows signs of heavier corrosion. Also a small
crack in the metal at one of the legs. But all feels very sturdy and will last another 100 years!

200th USA Anniversary Year Commemorative Plate 1776-1976
This richly detailed commemorative Plate honors our countries Bicentennial. Classic Eagle and the US colors decorate the plates center with a banner that floats across the design “ E Pluribus Unum” 1776-1976 is positioned beneath the emblem. 200th Anniversary is scrolled across the top of it. Around the border are the months of the year 1976 and all is gold trimmed on the edge.
It is in perfect mint condition. No cracks crazing or chips. It is 9.5” in diameter and weighs about a pound. The back is a warning not to be used for serving foods and the date 1975 Spencer Gifts, Inc. Made in Japan. This plate will hang proudly on your wall or simply add to your American / history / memorabilia collection.

Stay tuned for a new line of vintage clothing here at My Attic's Charms. I will posting them in the near future!
Think Spring!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

When Women Knew Their Place...

Hard to believe this was published as recently as the 60's! Click on picture to make it larger.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

She'd Rather Dance Incognito in Blond Lace!

Gene Marshall Fashion Doll “Incognito” NIB Cert of Authenticity open link

Wow! Stunningly beautiful Gene wants you to “Share the Dream”! Still in her original box. She is in absolutely in new condition. She comes with a “Gene” monogrammed stand.

Gene is brought to you by the Ashton-Drake Galleries, known around the world for presenting superior quality collectible dolls for today’s enthusiasts to treasure.
Gene rivals the finest collectible dolls the world has ever known
15.5” of poseable, collector-quality vinyl with a finish that mimics fine porcelain.
Hand-painted features, hand applied lashes, period coiffures rooted and styled by hand
Wardrobe crafted of quality fabrics like those worn by real Hollywood stars of the era
Impeccable tailoring details—hand sewn fastenings, fully lined dresses, seamed hose.
All are hand numbered, with a certificate of Authenticity and glamorous story

This “Incognito” Edition #706914: dated 1998, is a carefree summery frock perfect for idling away a sunny afternoon in beautiful Italy. Circa 1955.
The sleeveless cotton dress is gaily sprigged in a red floral pattern, with red buttons and organza collar. The fitted bodice hugs Gene’s curves from bustline to hipline, flaring into a billowing skirt over a crisp cotton petticoat.
The outfit includes folding sunglasses, a matching clasp purse with gold chain, a polka dotted chiffon scarf, nylons, gloves, earrings and ankle laced high heel shoes.
Gene’s cornsilk blonde hair tumbles free in the wind, with the sides upswept in a classic French braid affixed with a triple-“pearl” band.
(The white ribbon around her waist is merely to tie her into the box, never undone).
Designed by acclaimed fashion artist Timothy Alberts.

Gene’s box comes with a tri-fold brochure that shares the story of “Incognito”, and she came to wear this outfit and what role she played and “the man behind the legend”… Mel Odom. Also “The story of Gene" which is truly fascinating!

I do also have other NIB fashion gowns and accessories…including NIB her 2 little Scotty dogs and 2 hard bound books of the full story of Gene. You can see them all posted to date here at My Attic’s Charms Doll Closet:

The white, from the factory box, is in pristine condition also. Gene would make an excellent gift for that budding teenager or your budding collection!

Her blue eyes are intoxicating!
Gene Doll “She’d Rather Dance”

Another beautiful doll to add to your collection!

“She’d Rather Dance” Edition #4020: circa 90’s, open link, is a sizzling sheath dress in a glorious drench of frosty tangerine color. The design is circa 1948.
Created of tangerine orange satin, the strapless “V” cut bodice sparkles with sequins and beads. The dress is slit knee high, the hem curled to reveal the silk lining. A spectacular stole in matching silk and satin adds dramatic excitement. Accessories include a matching hat with dyed feather, gold mesh belt and shoes, golden link earrings, necklace and gloves. Gene has the dark, glossy hair of a temptress, bound in a golden ribbon.
(The white ribbon around her waist is merely to tie her into the box, never undone).
Designed by renowned fashion artist Tim Kennedy.

Gene Doll Blond Lace Outfit open link
For Gene, the one costume that gives her genuine star quality is “Blond Lace”, a tuxedo she wears in her first small role as a hatcheck girl. Gene has only a few lines..but her radiant beauty, set off by the dashing black velvet beret and touches of ivory lace make an unforgettable impression. As the credits scroll up at the end of the film, people strain to read the small print, looking for the name of the “unknown” starlet who played that stunning hat check girl…and Gene is on her way to becoming a full-fledged star~ Gene’s three piece tuxedo is tailored of black crepe; the ivory halter top has an attached jabot of extravagant lace. Matching lace appears at the cuffs of the jacket, and a “gardenia” pin on the lapel adds a dashing touch, And is that a gentleman’s cane she holds, as their eyes meet briefly, yet significantly, across the checkroom counter?
This outfit is stunning!

Blond Lace comes with a Certificate of Authenticity #D03580 and a brochure that shares Gene’s dream of going to Hollywood and becoming a star. Also included is a brief biography of Mel Odom the creator of Gene Marshall.

This beautiful outfit comes in a beautiful black cardboard shadow box with the Gene logo on the front and wrapped with an elastic string tied around the cello cover. The box is in pristine condition, with a hard-cello cover and silver chord. A perfect gift for a long time, or that blooming new Gene Marshall collector.

Gene Marshall Fashion Dolls and her high fashions are brought to you by the Ashton-Drake Galleries, known around the world for presenting superior quality collectible dolls for today’s enthusiasts to treasure.
Gene rivals the finest collectible dolls the world has ever known.

I do also have other NIB Gene doll fashions, gowns and accessories …including NIB her 2 little Scotty dogs, Gene Mannequins and 2 hard bound books of the full story of Gene Marshall. More here:

I am having a lot of fun collecting and selling the whole Gene ensembles. I can't wait to post the books for those of you who are not aware of "Gene's Dream" Stay tuned

Have fun at the Super Bowl Commercial sunday! The commercials are the only reason I watch!

On that is a vintage Super Bowl Commercial Wells Fargo Commercial open link

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mayor Munchkin, Tommy and Barbie is singing Solo!

1959 First EVER Barbie Commercial open link
enjoy this vintage Barbie commercial ...Classic!


In honor of one of her first years, Barbie's Special Edition 1960 Repro Doll : “Solo in the Spotlight” is available here. open link
This doll has never been removed from the box. Box has some minor wear from storage. This repro is dated 1994.
Barbie is blonde & wearing a lovely long black gown with black gloves. She also has a microphone and stand and a flowing pink scarf…and of course, long gloves and earrings and necklace…she is beautiful!

Tommy Doll as "Mayor Munchkin" from the Wizard of OZ open link
Tommy is Kelly’s friend, and Kelly is Barbie’s friend! You can collect them all! The Mayor Munchkin is adorable with big Hazel eyes and a timepiece at his side. And because he is in character, he has a curly moustache drawn on his upper lip. (part of the costume he wears). 4” tall and wearing an official suit of emerald green. After all his honor is the Mayor of the "Emerald City"
New in the Box…sealed! The box shows slight wear but the corners are good and all is clean and legible…like new.
Tommy is 4 “ tall, and the box is 4x 3.5x 1.75. Dated 1999.
A great find for the Wizard of OZ collector as well. I also have Tommy as “Lollipop Munchkin” in another post. Just enter Lollipop Munchkin in my search option above. They are both adorable!

The Lollipop Munchkin is adorable with big blue eyes and a huge lollipop at his side. 4” tall and wearing a cloth Munchkin outfit. New in the Box…sealed! The box shows slight wear but the corners are good and all is clean and legible…like new.
Tommy is 4 “ tall, and the box is 4x 3.5x 1.75. Dated 1999.
Hope you had a great Holiday! Thank you to all of you who purchased and commented on my store feedback!...
Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How to Coddle Eggs!

In the interest of my recently posted Blue Willow cica 1912 Egg Coddler below I thought I would add this video of how to use it. The lady is actually using a Royal Worcester. The pattern is the typical floral type. The "Blue Willow" is what makes mine very unique and rarer...I haven't seen any on line or elsewhere, except at And then you have the Advert that goes along with it... quite a bargain!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Coca Cola Ad Advertisement 1956 Framed open link
“Even the Bubbles Taste Better!
A very happy young boy is about to down the icy cold Coca Cola bottle. While visions of bubbles float around his head. Simple and to the point: youth, happiness, refreshment!
This 9 X 6 ad, which appeared in National Geographic Magazine, April 1956, is framed in glass and trimmed with a copper frame. It is in excellent condition. No chips or cracks, dents or otherwise damaged.
The back is covered with white firm paper It has a plastic hanger to place on the wall and a typed sticker that reads: “ This is not a reproduction. It is an original printing of its era and can only increase in value with time. Hand crafted by : Doug & Bridget Hansen Medford Or 97504. 1956”.

On the subject of Coca Cola....Here is s very rare 1937 Coca Cola Commercial You Tube:
Very old and rare american Coca Cola commercial 1937

Vintage Glass Jar Food Chopper Metal Lid / Wood Ball open link
Perfect condition!…a bright sunny yellow with classic fruits and vegetable icons are encircling the spring action wood ball plunger You simply unscrew the metal lid and place the food in the jar (a wooden disk sits on the bottom), and the 4 way metal blade chops it all up as you plunge away! Everything is totally washable.
It is also a 2 cup measuring cup! So you don’t even have to measure the ingredients or chop until you have the desired amount.
The ball is a teal blue. No chips or cracks anywhere and the painted has very minimal scuffs…just around the rim very small blemishes. Basically none the entire piece is in near perfect condition. It is 11.5 “ diameter and 5.5 tall not counting the plunger. It weighs 15 oz.
For chopping veggies, fruits, eggs, celery, parsley, nuts, onions, carrots, and many other items…or simply to add to you vintage kitchen ware collection, it is cute and colorful to just look at.

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Sweet and vintage stylish and in perfect condition! Clean with very distinct glass seaming, the clear distinction of Depression Era Glass.
A cut glass star burst Is on the bottom. 2 yellow pinstripes border the 1/2 “ frosted bar around the diameter. Stands 3.5 “ tall and together weigh 1 lb & 3 oz. From

Depression Glass: Machine-pressed, tinted glassware mass-produced during the 1920s and 1930s.
Depression Glass Back in the Day Depression glass was popular and affordable when it was new. The dime store, where the thrifty homemaker could find everything from toiletries to household goods, was a common source for this inexpensive purchase. At a time when a loaf of bread cost about a nickel, frugal shoppers could also buy a piece of Depression glass for around the same price. In fact, there’s a fantastic photograph included in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass by Gene Florence showing a Woolworth’s window display advertising an Old Colony pattern sherbet dish and plate "complete" for 10 cents.
Depression glass also made its way into American homes through the issuance of premiums. Sellers or manufacturers would offer a free gift with the purchase of a certain dollar amount of goods or a specific product, and penny-pinching ladies took full advantage of these offerings.
Glass was plucked from an oatmeal box one week, from a detergent box the next. Sometimes gas stations would throw in a punch bowl and cups with an oil change. Movie theaters got in on the action offering a piece of glass with a ticket to a Saturday matinee.

Thats about it for now...Enjoy your wintery days! Happy New Year everyone!