Vintage soda bottles

vintage soda bottlesSchweppes and Tooth & Co. soda bottles,
made in London, and Sydney, c.1948-1954

These lovely soda bottles are very collectible and all have etched glass. The soda bottle to the left also has faceted glass – such a deal of detail just for soda water! Because the soda bottles are so highly prized they have been well researched and described – there is a wealth of information about them – which allows them to be accurately dated.

The glass bottles don’t photograph too well on my timber background, but if you click on the image and zoom in you can see the intricate glass etchings to the bottles.

From left to right, the soda bottles are etched:
Schweppes, [Australia] Ltd, 30 Fl Oz Soda Water – one of the first soda bottles to have a plastic and metal top.
Tooth & Co., ‘Blue Bow’, Sydney Australia, made by British Syphon Co. Ltd, London, with metal top and
Schweppes, ‘Porcelain Lined Syphon, London, 26’ – this etched into its metal top.

The three soda bottles are for sale: $AUD125

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60s office equipment

Dymo 1700 & Teledex [1960s]Dymo label maker, # 1700, made in USA c.1969
Teledex index, made in Melbourne, Australia c.1960s

I am somewhat partial to Dymo labelers – and Teledex phone indexes. Call me old-fashioned but I do like physical buttons and physical output- very novel in the digital world we now inhabit.

The Teledex is black bakelite, and comes complete with ‘unused’ pale blue file inserts [new in packet.] So 60s! No retro office is complete without one [just think Mad Men; Don Draper had one on his desk last season.] Sure, everyone keeps telephone numbers on their mobile phones nowadays…but how much fun is it to zip that little knob up and down and push the button to spring open the index? I could do it all day.

The Dymo 1700 is an earlier version of the Dymo 1780 [featured last post]- its tape comes in little cartridges which are pushed into the barrel of the thing. This one comes with several original tapes- and I am reliably informed that the cartridge tapes are still available to buy.

This collection is for sale: $AUD95

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The retro office

Retro office equipmentDymo label makers, # 1780, made in USA c.1972
Stamp stand, made in Australia c.1970s
Date stamp, made in Australia, sometime in the C20th

Retro office equipment- for real work, or just for fun! The 70s orange Dymo ‘1780’ label makers come with labelling tape – they take 3/8” tape [9mm] – so you can get labelling straight away. The Dymo tape is still available today; most larger stationery shops stock it. One label maker comes complete with its original box and full instructions. You can see the font type of the ‘1780’; just click on the image and look at the black label adorning the label maker on the left. The label is accurate ~it’s….FUN…FUN!

The baby blue enamel stamp stand is so very 70s! and comes with its own date stamp. No retro inspired office should be without one. Stamp like its 1999!

For sale: $AUD95

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Industrial styling

Industrial stylingWe picked this old timber piece up recently at a great industrial recycler that opened near our house – one of the advantages of living in an old, semi-industrial neighbourhood. It’s one half of a mechanics box – the routed hollowed sections housed metal pieces long since gone. It wasn’t quite as clean as this when we discovered it – but since it was drying out and needed oiling it got cleaned up in the process.

I love- and collect- old gauges and the mechanics box is great for displaying them. These gauges are out of an old Rolls Royce and are c.1930s. It’s nice when a styling piece can have another function.

And that’s an old industrial filter flask, Australian made and terrific as a funky vase. This is ‘industrial styling’ in our joint!

Doilies- but not as we know them…

50s doilies50s doilies
made in Australia

Ah- the plastic doily. Fanciful- yet pragmatic. But before you scoff- check out Etsy and see some of the beautiful clocks made from these mid-century modern doilies. Or look at some contemporary street art which uses plastic doilies as a stencil. Or- you know- just use them as ironic pieces in your minimalist modern home.

This is a selection of plastic doilies-six different colours in two designs. Wash and wear, the doilies are displayed with a dog in a suit and bow tie- also from the 50s.

The doilies are for sale: $AUD35

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70s art glass

Pukeberg candle holdersPukeberg candle holders
made in Sweden 1970s

Pukeberg art glass is well known for its chunky, minimalist 70s styling; you might remember the solid glass, single flower vase ‘Solifleur’ I featured recently. This pair of candle holders compliment that vase nicely: and they are extra collectible because they still have their Pukeberg labels intact.

I rarely venture into the 70s [mostly because I lived through the decade and in Australia it wasn’t pretty] – but Scandinavian art glass is always so beautiful- combining the abstraction of the 60s with the chunky aesthetics of the 70s.

Glass pieces that are now very collectible to look out for: Pukeberg, Kosta and Orrefors [Sweden]; Riihimaki and Iittala [Finland] and Holmegaard [Denmark.]

I’ve teamed the candle holders with a sprig of Silver Dollar Gum [Eucalyptus gunnii] – I love the greyish colour of the leaves against the glass.

The pair of Pukeberg candle holders are for sale: $AUD75

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1969 ~ space lines

Space Lines gameSpace lines game
Invicta, made in England 1969

Space Lines is “the 3D game of the future.” It’s fresh out of its box- never been used. This game [object: get 4 counters in a row in either two or three! yes!! three! dimensions] went on to inform early arcade and video games, and now you can play it on Facebook! Yup, that’s a game of the future alright.

The instructions are included and come in seven languages – I guess they didn’t count on the modern universality of language back in 1969. This game is for 2 or 3 players…although….I kinda think it looks fantastic as a sculptural piece. Albeit a sculptural piece of the…FUTURE!

This game is for sale: $AUD55

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Magic Robot!

Magic robot quiz gameMagic Robot Quiz Game
Murfett, made in New Zealand 1970

‘Always gives you the right answer’ – another new game fresh out of the box. This game is sort of Trivial Pursuit but with a robot who points to the correct answer. So you know it’s true.

It’s a weird mixed metaphor that the robot is magic. Either he’s a robot…or he’s magic. You can’t have a magic robot. But I digress…how about that funky 70s font on the box lid?

For any number of players [probably best for young folk who don’t know about the ‘magic’ of magnets yet] -this game will give you hours of fun! Or nostalgic hilarity, your call.

This game is for sale: $AUD40

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60s Park and Shop game

Shop and Park gamePark and Shop game
Milton Bradley, made in Australia 1960

“Object : drive your car to nearest Park & Shop parking lot, then move your pedestrian to all the stops on the shopping list; return to your car & home before another player.” Wow! Just like the tedium of REAL shopping!

This game is new; and has all its playing pieces and instructions. And for ages 10 and up, you are never too young to be inculcated into the wonderful world that is Shopping! and Parking!

The board game is fantastic…the funky 60s graphics could be framed! All the pieces are there and I don’t think the game has been played with.  I wish I’d known about this game when I was writing my urban design paper on shopping malls – I would have put this image on the frontispiece!

This game is for sale: $AUD40

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50s souvenirware

Studio Anna and Martin Boyd jugStudio Anna pin dish, made in Sydney Australia c.1956
Martin Boyd jug, made in Sydney Australia c. 1954

I have posted quite a few Studio Anna and Martin Boyd pottery pieces on this blog- both very influential and now highly collectible potteries. Both potteries were pumping out souvenirware in the 50s- and this pin dish and jug are typical pieces of the time.

Warilla is a seaside suburb of Wollongong- famous for its- you guessed it – prawning. Studio Anna produced thousands of pin dishes in the 50s- for hundreds of coastal towns- so it was simply a matter of changing the town name. Meanwhile Martin Boyd pottery was pumping out stylized aboriginal motif pieces for the tourist trade.

Together these pieces made a nice vignette- but collectors- they are for sale: $AUD80

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