Two of My Favorite Things

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Typography is one of my favorite things in the graphic world. As a designer & vintage enthusiast, I am always looking for cool fonts on old packaging, appliances etc. One of the greatest uses of typography from the days of old was on old classic cars. Here is a great set of logotypes from the Beast Pieces blog. Check them out!

And the rest! . . .

http://www.beastpieces.com/2012/06/vintage-vehicle-logotypes/

Treasure Hunting at Todd’s Farm

One of my favorite flea markets to visit is a place called Todd’s Farm up the road a bit from my house. There is a great mix of eclectic vendors that come from all around to sell their dusty wares.
I picked up a few gems, but first, a tour of some of the interesting items I came across.

These are great. Take a close look at these not so 50s sayings. Love it!

Probably the coolest, longest salt & pepper shakers I have ever seen. To bad my wife’s allergic.

All you need is the man/woman for your One Man Band

. . . and I saved the best for last. This is the coolest outdoor lounge chair I have ever seen!

I can’t believe I had to pass this up. The guy only wanted $75 bucks for it, but there was no way that this beauty would fit on my car. Damn! So sad. I hope it found a good home.

Come back and visit & I will share the dusty treasures I brought home with me.

A Short Little Trip Up North

I took a few trips here and there this summer. I always do my best t find a bit of history no matter where we end up. Here are a few pics of a great little general store up in Woodstock, New Hampshire I found.

We went for a maple syrup tour and found so much more! Fadden’s General Store was founded in 1896 and they are 7 or 8 generations deep in this great country store. Jim Fadden gave us a great tour of how they make maple syrup & was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to me about his great collection. See if you can find any brands you recognize. Enjoy!

Not sure what this award is for, but 50 YEARS, WOW!

And a few beauties that were hanging around outside

I hope you enjoyed my pics. If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop in & say “Hi” to the Fadden’s

http://www.nhmaplesyrup.com

A Few Dusty Treasures

It’s been a while since I have had a chance to post anything, but I can’t say that I haven’t thought about every other day or so. It’s funny how life gets in the way of life. What to do, what to do, what to do first? Here a few dusty treasures that I couldn’t pass up

I found a friend for my Brownie Hawkeye

Kodak Baby Brownie Special made by Kodak in Rochester, NY, USA. It was produced between September 1938 and 1954

Vintage Bagatelle Game! What the heck is that, you may ask?!

This is an awesome little pinball game that I picked up at a local flea market for just a buck!

I love the detail of this little treasure. It’s a bit scratched up, but it works beautifully. If this were a classic car, I would consider it a daily driver!

AND I HAVE TO PLAY IT EVERY DAY TO TRY & BEAT MY KIDS HIGH SCORES!!!

Vintage Ink On The Road

A few of my favorite things met up the other night. I was watching Antiques Roadshow, which I do quite often, and a very interesting item came up. A young tattoo artist picked up some vintage tattoo flash when he was starting out & wanted to see if it had any value today. Check out these beautiful drawn tattoos from a few of the classic masters. Great colors, beautiful designs & pricing that can’t be beat! Enjoy the trip to the parlor.

Here are a few links if you would like to find out more

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201103A39.html

http://video.pbs.org/video/2233430733/

The Gobbler!

This place is FANTASTIC!!!  Recently, a friend of mine directed me to the wonderful world of the James Lileks. http://www.lileks.com/
There, amongst other vintage treasures,  you will find the “grooviest motel in Wisconsin”, THE GOBBLER!!

For the full tour click here
http://www.lileks.com/institute/motel/index.html

And if you have an extra few bucks laying around you can BUY THE GOBBLER!!!

I Did Not Pass Go

I found this little gem at a recent estate sale. I just couldn’t pass up this classic. This edition was made in 1953 & packed up nicely in this great box. Interestingly, I found out that it was actually sold like this, without the board. I couldn’t believe how perfect all the pieces were kept for as old as it is. I don’t even think it was ever played! In all honesty, I am not a big fan of playing Monopoly, so after enjoying the nostalgia for a few days I decided to pass it on. Hopefully I can collect a few dollars without passing GO!

Signs of Old Times

I am always thrilled when I find company’s that are doing NEW things the old way. I have a real passion for old signs & these guys are making new signs that look straight out of the 1900’s. Have a look at there handy work below, then make sure to visit the website for more!

Make sure to take a look at the detail shots on their website. It’s amazing how much  effort they put into every little detail. FANTASTIC!!!

http://www.nutmeggerworkshop.com/