70s flip clock [sold]

Goldair flip clock/radio
model # 7150 made in Hong Kong

This flip clock/radio has it all: – obviously, flip numbers, fake timber paneling, AM radio & alarm, and a light. All in working condition. Gotta love the 70s when they made radio clocks to 1] look good and 2] last and last.

The #7150 model operates on 180-240 voltage, 50 Hz, 6 watts. This little beauty will add serious 70s cred to any bedside table- and has the added bonus of an alarm! and a light! But for me its all about the flip numbers. [Let’s skip over the |AM radio issue- poor people of the 70s that’s all they had!]

The flip clock is for sale [checked & certified by an electrician]: $AUD125

Upcycled 50s garden table

Upcycled 50s garden tableUpcycled 50s garden table
made- and upcycled- in Sydney Australia; 1950s & 2015

Another fine example of Trish’s upcycled 50s garden tables. Don’t you just love the butterfly magazine rack and the new black glass top?

Trish stripped the rust/imperfections from the steel frame, painted it with anti-rust and then three coats of matt black enamel paint. The glass is made to measure- and who knew that black glass is three times the price of any other coloured glass? Still- it looks fantastic; it has beveled edges and it’s safety-glass. New rubber feet complete the table.

This table is not for sale: it’s a keeper. It’s just the size for an inner-city terrace- and as it’s weatherproofed it has the added advantage that it can be used indoors or outdoors. I’ve teamed the table with an old industrial flask and eucalyptus leaves and a 50s school map.

Random retro assemblage

50-60s random assemblageIlford audio tape box c.1960s
Kewpie doll c.1950s
Cast iron switch plate c.1950s
Table marker c.1960s

An assemblage of retro things united by a scale//shape//colour theme; small, square, blue, black and white. And text.

All made in Australia, 50s-60s.

All four items were bought individually- waiting for some companion piece to make a collection. They are all still waiting…but while waiting…I like the collage they make together.

That’s the beauty of a retro collection…even while waiting to complete a collection – mixing and matching elements makes for an interesting – and ever changing- spectacle.

This weird and wonderful collection is for sale: $AUD75

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Industrial vintage

Metters 'Beacon Light' oven doorMetters ‘Beacon Light’ oven door
made in Sydney c.1930s

Metters Limited, Australia made cast iron ovens in Adelaide from 1891, expanding to a Sydney foundry in 1920 – when the ‘Beacon Light’ ovens were made. Metters items are now very collectible- thanks to the ‘Kooka’ ovens featuring a kookaburra [and the synonym cooker / kooka.]

This old oven door has signs of rust but was rescued from a Council clean-up by a friend of mine: she recognized the intrinsic value of the 30s cast-iron door- and piece of history. No longer part of a functioning oven, this piece is a beautiful reminder of our industrial past.

Mount it on a wall; team it with a bit of Eucalyptus; use it as a door stop or a book end- this relic has a myriad uses. And is a fabulous piece of vintage Australian kitchenalia.

The Beacon Light oven door is for sale: $AUD95

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Ladies and Gents….nip glasses

50s graduated shot glassesGraduated shot glasses
made in Melbourne, Australia c.1950s

This fantastic set of graduated glasses –with nips based on your particular gender [or species] – came from an old country pub in Melbourne. The glasses would have been considered novelty when they were first made and used- as they are now.

The gilt rim on some of the glasses is a little worn- obviously from the previous drinkers / pigs. I didn’t know pigs liked shots, but then I am a city girl. Apart from the rim, the hand-painted glasses are in perfect nick. [Zoom in on the image to see what sixty-plus years of hard nip drinking will do to a gilt edge.]

Whatever! It’s unusual to find a set of four glasses together and even better that the Australian provenance is known.

This set of shot glasses are for sale: $AUD60

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Persinware 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 modern digital 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.

These are not reproduction scales: they are authentic 60s scales. Persinware brought out reproduction scales- using exactly the same scale shapes and bowls as these – in the 70s; the tell-tale evidence being the inclusion of kilogram measurements alongside the imperial measurements for the new metric era.

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…

The scales are for sale: $AUD90

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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!

60s kitchenalia

Pyrex coffee server & Smiths Ringer kitchen timerPyrex coffee serving flask, made in Britain c. 1960s
Smiths Ringer kitchen timber, made in Britain c.1960s

Pyrex made coffee percolators- and as see here- coffee serving flasks in Britain, America and Australia in the 60s. Every household had a percolator- which were quite functional in form and styling- and it was only the fancy-pants households that had the more decorative serving flask.

This serving flask is such a product of the 60s- the handle and knob and bakelite, the large chrome band is off-set by the fake timber laminate on the lid. The glass is decorated with a subtle white abstract design: this is a flask that is straddling early and later mid-century modern design ideals.

The kitchen timer [a Smiths Ringer, British made 1960s] is also made of bakelite. This ringer is all precise functionality- two toned- and the bell still works a treat [have not tested it for timing accuracy- may be slightly less than accurate since it’s over fifty years old.] I have featured Smiths Ringers on the blog before- I am somewhat partial to them.

For the retro kitchen- the Pyrex serving flask and kitchen timer are for sale: $AUD75

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M<agic Brain C<omputer [sold]

MBC + slide rulesMagic Brain Computer, pocket calculator made in Japan c. 1950s
Micador 10 and Sun Hemmi bamboo slide rulers, made in Japan 1954

Following on from my last – nostalgic- post discussing technical scales, here are some calculation tools from the 50s.

I love the Magic Brain Computer [MBC]- for its name alone. Anyone who combines ‘magic’ and ‘computer’ has got it right as far as I’m concerned. It’s totally nerdy, but vintage nerdy! This ‘computer’ is aluminium and you use a stylus to move the columns of figures up and down- sort of like an abacus but with numerals. It comes with full operating instructions…and a smart vinyl case!

The three 10” slide rules are beautiful…and about the same vintage as the MBC. The two Sun Hemmi slide rules are bamboo laminated plastic- and the Micador is solid plastic. The two Sun Hemmi slide rules come with their original [and by the looks of them- untouched] calculation and equations piece that slides up and down the scale. All three slide rules come in their original boxes.

Totally vintage nerdy! This set is for sale: $155