50s glasses

40s league club glasses50s club glasses
made in Australia

Two glasses from Wentworthville Leagues Club; featuring magpies and wattle leaves.

Quintessentially Australian. Magpies and Wattle. A leagues club, for the uninitiated amongst us [and count me in- I had to look this up] refers to the sport of rugby. Rugby League. A football game.

So- a lovely pair of 50s glasses with insignia, and gilt base and rim. For rugby aficionados and magpie lovers!

These glasses are for sale: $AUD40

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Retro golf tumblers

Retro golf tumblers40s novelty golf tumblers
made in Australia

For the golf tragics out there- here’s the perfect retro item: novelty golf tumblers. The transfer illustrations indicate [I assume] various golfing techniques on the front and the back features a fully equipped golf bag. The whole shebang is topped off with a gilt edge: these glasses are all class!

And aren’t those guys dapper in their hats? It would be better if they were wearing plus-fours, but you can’t have everything.

The tumblers are as-new, go ahead and click on the image for an enlarged view. They are for sale: $AUD40

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Upcycled cushions

Sturt Deser Pea upcycled cushionsUpcycled cushions
made from vintage Australian linen

My partner recently found a batch of vintage Australian tea towels, all linen and all unused. I love the graphic qualities of the images- and the strong colours – and decided to make square cushion covers from them.

The backs of the cushions are either upcycled linen or new linen, in plain colours to suit the images. I salvaged the upcycled linen from 50s and 60s tablecloths- and finished the openings with vintage bindings. It was nice to be able to use some of my vintage sewing stash…so it can be considered less a collection and more a necessity!

The cushions are sized to take a 400 x 400mm insert [15.7 x 15.7 inches.] They are fully washable and would make a great gift- especially if state or flower featured has a particular association for someone. I have thirty cushions made- and they can be grouped in 2s or 4s- email me if you’d like to peruse the ‘collection’.

The cushion covers are for sale: $AUD40

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1920s cobblers last

Cobblers lastCast-iron shoe last
made in Australia c.1920s

This is a ‘dual’ cast-iron cobblers shoe last- there are two different shapes on which to stretch and shape leather to make shoes. Cast-iron was used as it maintains its shape when in contact with wet leather and the mechanical stresses of stretching and shaping shoes.

Nowadays these heavy items are used as book ends, door stops or simply as decorative industrial forms.

There is something very satisfying about repurposing an industrial antique- giving it a new purpose and lease of life- and the functional design of the last means it is stable either end up.

The cobblers last is for sale: $AUD45

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Folding slide projector

Minolta Mini slide projectorMinolta ‘Mini’ folding slide projector
made in Japan, c.1950s

The Mini is a ‘folding’ projector in that you lift the metal case up and fold out the lens and the mechanics of the slide projector for use. It’s an incredibly efficient design – quite a feat of 50s engineering.

The Mini comes with its own funky white vinyl bag [black piping, metal zip, internal compartments for all the bits] a dual slide changer AND an ‘Autochanger’ and is excellent working condition. The Autochanger allows you to stack a number of 35mm slides on both sides so one needed hold up the slide-show too long.

The lens is 1:2.5, f=7.5mm, and it runs on 200-240 V, AC/DC. The current bulb is still working, and I have researched replacement bulbs: a $10 CDS 100 watt, 115-120 volt bulb will suffice. There’s a cute little bakelite on/off switch on the electrical cord.

The folding slide projector is for sale: $AUD125

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Kodak Brownies

Kodak Brownie camerasKodak Brownie cameras
127 Model 1 camera, 1952-1959
127 Model 2 camera, 1959-1963
Baby Brownie, 1948-1952 : all made in London, England.

From left to right in this image are the Model 1, Model 2 and Baby Brownie cameras. They are all made of bakelite, and all take 127 film. This film is no longer available but instructions exist [YouTube] that explain how to cut down 35mm film to suit- and of course 35mm film is still able to be processed today.

Model 1 has lost its winding mechanism, but comes in its original carry case. It has a Meniscus f/14 lens. Model 2 has a larger, Dakon f/11 lens. The Baby Brownie has a Meniscus lens and a flip up viewfinder. It has a button under the lens for brief time exposure, and it too has its own original carry case.

The three cameras are for sale: $AUD95

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Wind-up movie camera

Kodak Brownie movie cameraKodak Brownie Movie Camera, Model 2
made in USA, 1956-1958

I have a great fondness for all things camera…my father was a photographer and now my son is involved in photography…he took all the images on this blog.

This ‘wind-up’ movie camera comes in its original [vinyl] bag with original instruction booklet. It takes 8mm film, which is still available on eBay. And as the instruction booklet says: “It’s everybody’s movie camera…it’s as easy as this: 1 -you wind the motor, 2- you set the lens, 3- you press the exposure level.”

These movie cameras were made to be simple and affordable for a mass market. It has a 13mm Ektanon lens, f/2.3-f/16 and despite having an aluminium body, weighs just 0.75kg. YouTube has a whole section devoted to movies made on vintage cameras.

The camera, original vinyl case and instruction booklet are for sale: $AUD155

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60s anodised aluminium

60s anodised aluminium60s anodised aluminium

This shiny, shiny collection features anodised aluminium- three cake /jelly moulds made in Hong Kong and a teapot by Towerbrite made in Australia. Anoidised aluminium was developed in the 1920s and used for industrial products – but it really took off in domestic wares in the 60s thanks to the moon landing and all things spacey.

These kitchen moulds were made in kitschy shapes – ostensibly for terrines but invariably used for cakes, blancmanges and jellies. Who doesn’t remember a large pineapple shaped jelly [red, with real pineapple chunks floating in it] at their sixth birthday party? When not in use, the moulds have handy little handles so they can hang up and add glamour to any kitchen.

The two larger moulds [salmon and pineapple] are 4 cup capacity, and the smaller classic christmas cake-shaped mould is 2 cups. Note the copper and gold tones- that’s where that glamour comes in- the moulds have never been used and are in pristine condition. Similarly the teapot is unstained and unused.

These pieces will add bling to any situation- and are for sale: $AUD85

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Vintage map

vintage map, scales & vaseStyling a vintage map

I love the synchronicity of the colours and the vintages of these three things. Map, scales, vase.

Shape, form and function are totally disparate, but the colours echo other and the three work really well as an ensemble. The map is for sale but the Salter scale and the Pates vase are part of my permanent collection.

Vintage maps are very collectible. They lend a nostalgic, quasi-educational, kitschy quality to any space. Sort of like wallpaper- but wallpaper you can move. This one is from the 40s and is a little bit un-PC [which of course, adds to its desirability.] It’s #119 ‘North America, Physical and Production Map’ and it came from an old school, and is very old school. It has a beaver in the legend to indicate areas of fur production. Under industries, it lists asbestos. Very, very old school!

This map was printed by John Sands, published by a certain Chas. H. Scally & Co, in Boronia Avenue, Wollstonecraft, NSW, Sydney. The map is in excellent condition. The colours, the beavers, the asbestos symbol [a graphic of a heap of the raw product! what were they thinking?] all in their original technicolor glory.

The map is for sale: $AUD250

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Retro kitchen scales

Persinware kitchen scalesPersinware #710 domestic scales
made in Australia, c.1960s

This pair of metal scales come with their original plastic measuring bowls- an elongated oval in dark green, and an apple-green rounded bowl with pouring lip. The white enamel is a little scuffed in places, evidencing their role in the kitchens of Australia for the last fifty-or so- years. Both scales are still accurate [I have tested them against a digital 2012 scale] and weigh things up to ten pounds, by 1 oz increments. The scales have an adjusting knob on the back, to allow for the weight of the bowl itself.

Lemons and limes look particularly good in the green bowls. If green isn’t your colour, I do have a couple of other Persinware scales with red, orange and yellow bowls…

For sale: $AUD90

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