Monday, June 27, 2011

1894 Letter in Envelope on Lisbon House Letterhead Pre-San Francisco Quake

1894 Letter in Envelope on Lisbon House Letterhead Pre-San Francisco Quake
Since this letter is written in Portuguese, or a variation of it, I only have a small idea what the meaning or purpose of the letter is. I am toldethere ae references to a good time well had and a thank you.
It is on un-lined letterhead of the hotel and the off-white paper shows barely any ware...only some minor yellowing on the edges and folds It is one sided and the bold logo on the top appears to list room rates, and management names. The letter does come with a pre-addressed envelope
It is on 8.5 x 11. This letter was written before the great 1906 quake in San Francisco.
I tried to find reference to the Lisbon Hotel With no success.
If anyone cares to translate this I would greatly appreciate it. Below you will find an interesting newsclip from The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, October 08, 1898, Page 14, Image 14, submitted by Kristen, who did some research on this for us. She found this on the Library of Congress Website.

It is a story that mentions the Lisbon House that apparently housed many Portuguese as workers in San Francisco. Just an interesting gossip tale...about "Filomena Leonora Mideiros, a Portuguese belle..." a mail order bride who took a few turns with different gentleman before settling down!

OP-TO-DATE MAIDEN - Gossip from the Lisbon Hotel , San Francisco 1895!

Bride, Faithless Wife, Widow, and Jlgain Betrothed
Within the Brief Space of a Week.
Victorino Viaera.
THE Portuguese colony is In the throes of a romantic scandal. Down at
the Lisbon House— headquarters of the Portugal natives — they are discussing the pros and cons of the story between drinks, dropping a
kindly tear for the poor suicide husband and chastising with Azore-manufactured profanity the faithless wife.
At the Lisbon House drinks prevail from sunrise to the break of the succeeding day, and the language of the Islanders is prolific of opprobrious epithet. Consequently no phase of the sad story Is left uncared for, no guilty party to the scandal is spared.
On Saturday last Filomena Leonora Mideiros, a Portuguese belle, from the fair and distant island of Fayal, landed in this city. On Tuesday Vic torino Viaera, the man, who, by reason of a contract wedding, solemnized according to the laws of Portugal, considered himself her husband, claimed the fair Filomena for his own. Two days later Filomena came to the unhappy conclusion that Victorino was not hnr affinity and that the mischievous little god destined her for Manuel Marianno dos Santos— a fact she took no pains to conceal from her husband.
Friday Victorino returned to his home In Palo Alto hea.vy-hearted and alone. The sight of the pretty little cottage, newly furnished ajid all ready to receive its recreant mistress, maddened the unfortunate husband, and on the evening of the same day, by means of a razor and a noose, he put an end to his unhappy life.
Filomena refused to go to the obsequies, and made use of her recovered freedom to flirt more desperately than ever with Manuel. Wednesday last the lover's holiday came to an end, and he returned to Pinole, where he Is employed as a laborer by Bernard, a wealthy rancher. Immediately upon his absence the fickle maid from the Azores turned her dark eyes in the direction of Jo Silva, and when, yesterday, a message came from Manuel offering the damsel a place as domestic on the Bernard ranch, Mrs. Viaera announced her engagement to Silva, and with him left for Stockton, where the latest favored lover is engaged in sheep herding.
The capacities of the Filomena heart have aroused the deepest antagonism In the Portuguese colony. The fate of poor Viaer^rls" universally deplored, and the woman, without a single exception, is roundly censured.
The money that brought Filomena to this city was sent by Victorino, who, during nine years of residence on this coast, uninterruptedly shared his savings with the girl towhom he was betrothed since childhood days.
Filomena met Marhiel Santos on the journey that was to land her near her husband. Santos was returning from Fayal, where he had been to visit his wife, who is an inmate of an aƟylum for the insane. Immediately upon their arrival here the Intimacy of the couple was the cause of scandal. The preferment of the woman for Santos was openly proclaimed. Friday last, previous to Victor's return to Palo Alto, his wife and he had words, in which Madam Victor was heard to declare that the man to whom she was bound was not the man who could support her in the fashion she desired, and when the spurned husband left It was with the demand of his wife ringing in his ears, a demand that he transfer his hard-earned savings to her. Viaera was employed by J. A. Bowlevare as a farm laborer, and his employer, as well as all the people of Palo Alto, have nothing but the kindest words with which to speak of the unhappy ending of a well-spent life. The poor suicide's only relative here is an uncle, Frank J. Silva, a passenger
agent for the Southern Pacific.

I happen to live in the San Francisco Bay area, and I find it fascinating that some of the cities I frequent here are mentioned in the article...Palo Alto, Stockton, etc...Boy if they could see the area now...and hear the gossip now...

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Moto-X Fox Catalog 1975 Geoffrey T Fox Fox Head Racing With Price List

 This catalog from Campbell California, is the product of Fox Head founder, Geoffrey T. Fox. It has a letter from Fox on the back cover that you can read in the photo.
This catalog is in very good condition. Only a few little stains on the cover.

Geoffrey T Fox the owner, has quite a history beginning with a Phd in physics, launching Moto-X Fox in 79 and developing innovative parts and racing clothing.

Read all about it here: Wikipedia: The early history of Fox Racing and Fox Racing Shox were intertwined. Fox Racing Shox is a brand of offroad racing suspension components founded by Geoff Fox's brother, Bob Fox. Fox Racing Shox were distributed by Moto-X Fox and Bob's company was originally under the corporate umbrella of Moto-X Fox. In 1977 Bob's division split out as a separate company called Fox Factory Inc.[1]

Fox Head, Inc. headquarters are in Morgan Hill, California, with additional offices in Irvine, California and Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. Fox built its business by developing clothing for motocross. Through sponsoring and working closely with riders such as Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Damon Bradshaw, Rick Johnson, Mark Barnett, Doug Henry, Jeremy McGrath and Steve Lamson,[citation needed] the company has researched and developed race clothing that provides riders with protection, performance and freedom of movement.

Fox Racing first opened for business in 1974, when Geoff Fox, a Ph.D. who taught physics at the Santa Clara University, launched Moto-X Fox, a distribution business for European motocross parts and accessories in a 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) building in Campbell, California. Within two years, Moto-X Fox was manufacturing suspension and engine components for racers looking for an on-track advantage. In the spring of 1977, Geoff was determined to show the American motocross public that his products were superior to those of the competition. He created his own privately-owned professional motocross team, Team Moto-X Fox. Going up against the Japanese factory teams, Team Moto-X Fox riders became the top non-factory riders in the series, finishing fifth, sixth and seventh in the highly-competitive AMA 125 cc National Championship series.[citation needed]

During the series, Team Moto-X Fox riders wore bright red, yellow and orange race outfits. Handmade by Fox, the clothing became a hit with the fans and interested enthusiasts started calling the Fox shop in Campbell enquiring about its availability.[citation needed] In 1980, Fox rider Mark Barnett won the company's first National Championship, and two years later, Brad Lackey won Fox 's (and the United States') first Motocross World Championship.[citation needed] In the ensuing two-plus decades, Fox-sponsored riders have won over forty National Motocross and Supercross Championships.[citation needed] In 2006 Fox rider Ricky Carmichael won the AMA Supercross Championship, while Lifelong Fox rider James Stewart won the FIM World Supercross Championship.

In July 2006, Fox Racing decided to change its name to Fox Head Racing, Inc.[2] The move was complete by the fall of that year. Fox decided such a change would help the brand further penetrate sporting venues aside from motocross, such as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.
Today, Fox remains a family owned and operated business, with the second generation working full-time at the company.[3]
Claim this bit of racing history for yourself. It is in very good condition and you can see that recently ebay listed and sold this for double the price! With 12 bids!
The old price list still inserted in the book.
The Moto-X Fox Catalog 1975 Geoffrey T Fox Fox Head Racing With Price List

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vintage Yearbooks!

High School Year Book Haltom City, Texas 1979
Here is a 1979 hardbound yearbook from Haltom City High School! You ahve been missing yours right?
Orange binding and classical teen spaceship graphics, makes this a fun read. Anyone you know go there?
You can see the typical final day autographs in the inside covers around the Huge tiger atop the school building. "Lisa Lamb" has claimed this yearbook as her own in the upper right corner.
Enjoy this classic teen flashback and add this to your collection.

Jr High Middle School 1971 - 1972 Bobcat Year Book Scrap BookAlso...

This paperback yearbook is in pretty good condition... This belonged to a "cool dude" but I am unable to tell what school this is from. The school name is not listed anywhere!
The usual autographs. Apparently the owner didn't like the Principals as you can see in one of the photos! Pretty funny.
Enjoyable flashback for your collection.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premier Advertisement

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premier Advertisement  This large sized advertisement is a dealership promotional flier announcing the premier of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray! In full color, it is in mint condition. sealed and with cardboard backing. This was the first year the Stingray hit the market.
It measures 9.25 x 13.25".  This will be shipped flat.
"When the fall of 1962 brought out the new 1963 Chevrolets, there was an instant star among them, the sporty little Corvette Sting Ray. This sleek air-splitting design was so futuristic and so advanced, that today over 35 years later, these cars look just as fresh and exciting as they did when first shown at your local Chevy dealership." from Collector Car. More on the history here:  

Vintage Clothing | Dior Fashion Show | 1960s Fashions

Vintage Clothing | Dior Fashion Show | 1960s Fashions open link!
1960s fashion show of fabulous hats by Christian Dior. Vintage fashion collectors will love the couture styles.

Presidents Tie Clip with Trophy Gavel Plaque for St Bruno's Mens Club 1970

Presidents Tie Clip with Trophy Gavel Plaque for St Bruno's Mens Club 1970
The inscription on the plaque reads: "Melvin Dold President 1970-1971 St Brunos Mens Club". the brushed gold emblem is set on a sold wood square that is approximately 8 x 10".
The matching alligator tie clip is 20 K Gold and reads: "St B.M.C. Pres. 70-71" a 1/2 " cross sits  in the middle of the clip band. Also Gold.
I picked this up at a family estate sale and the gentleman that passed away was a well reknowned community service hero. This was just one of his many service awards. But I liked it with the tie clip.
The close up of the tie clip doesn't show the quality luster of it. It is very brilliant and in mint condition... as well is the plaque.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Little Golden Book Hush Hush It's Sleepytime Storybook Childs Bedtime Story

This precious Little Golden Book is in like new condition. It is dated 1969 and yet there are absolutely no markings or tears. There is some expected normal wear on the edges of the hardbound cover.
I fell in love with the pictures. (But I love images of sleeping animals). You can read some of the words in the pictures. Most likely for the younger set....all about everybody going to bed....and at peace.
The final image is of mommy smiling confidently as daddy finalizes playtime.
While Little Golden Books are very popular and abundant in every childs library, this is a rare one. But I did find it sold at higher prices, than other LGB's on line. I think it is because it is so sweet. If you have a youngster that just doesn't want to end the day ...this might be the ticket. Or add to your vintage book collection this childs bedtime story.

Monday, June 13, 2011

1939 Antique Ben-Gay Bengue' Original Box with Tube & Instructions

1939 Antique Ben-Gay Bengue' Original Box with Tube & Instructions
This very old 1939 Ben Gay (originally Baume Bengue') has survived 60 some odd years in a medicine cabinet or a drawer with very little wear! Yes the flap is missing from the box, and the tube is a bit dented but the tube is seemingly completely full of the Baume Bengue "Ben-Gay".
The box is firm and in good shape.
The instructional guide is in like new condition...with some minor wear.
The soothing "emergency" ointment, its box, and the 2 sided guide are available for your pharmacopia antique collection and display.
4.5 x 1 x 2

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Woody Woodpecker Childs Baby Youth Slippers Shoes

These are too cool for school!
Woody Woodpecker the famous 50's fowl is portrayed on the outer sides of the little youth slippers.You can also see his friends Chilly Willy, Splinter, and Knothead!
These are in almost perfect condition In fact. the outsides looks brand new...and there may be new soles on they look to have never been worn. The warm fuzzy felt on the inside is a teeny bit discolored, but in remarkable shape! You can see in the pics that some of the glue on the sole has yellowed, which is due to its age. But definitely not very noticeable.
The leatherette is a cream white with a gold zig zag stitch trim.
There is no size marked anywhere...but if you think you want to put them on a younster instead of just display them as great Woody memorabilia and animation antiques then here are the dimensions:  6" L x 2.25 W at the wide part of the foot x 1.50" W at the Heel  x 3.5" H
Like new!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Vintage TV Commercials!

To hear and view this can pause the Blog music below!

Vintage Ashtray- 50's, Atomic Age, California Original 902 L

Vintage Ashtray- 50's, Atomic Age, California Original 902L                            This stunning atomic age ashtray from the 50's is in mint condition. There is not a chip or crack or crazing anywhere on it.
The swirled ceramic is dusted with gold on the heights of the piece.
Tobaccianna is collectible. These amazing organic beauties, once the center pieces of many a coffee tables and a must at parties, while still functional as ashtrays, can now be used as candy dishes, nut servers, or to simply float a gardenia in!
About 8" in length and sits on a footed bottom that makes it about 1" high

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Table Lighter Ceramic-Marble look Swirl Glaze 50s

This "Atomic Age Organic" table lighter is in perfect condition with the exception of some minor tarnish on the gold. No chips, cracks, or crazing. It works. It is about 3" long by 3" in height. Fits comfortably in the hand.
The high gloss glaze over the amber color marbelizing effect is exceptional!

Bianchi White Wedding Evening Prom Gown Dress

Bianchi White Wedding Evening Prom Gown Dress I was told by the person that I bought this from that this Bianchi original design is the very same design that Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy-Onassis wore to her coming out party! And that is just the type of occassion that this beautiful multi-layered chiffon and satin dress brings to mind.
Sweet, yet with a deep cut neckline it is quite an alluring princess dress!
Wired ruffles shaped as pedals all along the neckline, can be moved and bent to any position you wish. The pedals have the subtlest of small pearlescent sequins only on the stem of the leaf shapes that show only a small glimmer now and then...very subtle and lovely.
The Satin Ribbon waist is adorned with the same wired chiffon flower as the one on the neckline with pearl tipped sprigs shooting out of it. The close ups show how perfect this is, as it rests on the left side of the neckline and the opposite right side of the waist.
I do have more pictures to share if you want to see more. I am only allowed 5 pictures in my postings.
It is an approximate size 9 or 10 the skirt from waist to hem is 45"
One faux pas: You will see in the picture an ever faithful safety pin. The zipper has broken at the base of it. The prior owner repaired it with the pin. Options: You can have the zipper replaced by a seamstress or you can leave as is as it does not affect the dress fit. It does make the zipper slightly uneven at the top, but this is hidden by the full 4.5" bodice ruffle. You will want to have the dress professionally cleaned of course. It does have slight arm pit stains.
All of this is why, first, the dress is priced well below its value. In the 70's it was probably a very expensive dress, especially with the Binachi label on it. Secondly, I offer this dress to you because I can't help seeing lots of wonderful affects added to the dress to make it hip, colorful and even daring....Is it time to play dress up for those closet or up and coming seamstresses out there? What about shortening it?