This is a limited edition ‘Christmas’ Snoopy mug, which has Snoopy as Santa delivering presents in his Sopwith Camel plane. I note that he is delivering koala bears and skateboards- the gift of choice in 1965!
The mug was made in Japan under license to United Features Syndicate, which owns the Peanuts franchise. Due to the presence of the koala bear, I have styled the mug with some nice Eucalyptus leaves.
I have a little Peanuts collection going- see post below with:
Snoopy letter/envelope writing set, made by Hallmark; Melbourne, Victoria 1958
Linus ‘Try it…you’ll like it’ figurine, made by Aviva; Hong Kong 1970
Snoopy and Woodstock jug, made by Peanuts Characters Corp; USA 1965
Linus ‘To know me is to love me’ bowl, made by United Feature Syndicate Inc; Japan 1962
The mug is for sale: $AU15 – let me know if any of the other Peanuts collection appeals to you.
Hipster Christmas decorations
made in Sydney, Australia 2013
How cool are these Christmas baubles? Hand-knitted – in pure Australian wool- these decorations will lend your Christmas tree some real hipster cred.
Made by a lovely Nanna using a 1970 knitting pattern, this set of 20 baubles is both environmentally sustainable and – quite hilarious. Environmentally sustainable because she used her left over wool pieces, and hilarious because she used her left over wool pieces [~not so much the red and green or tinselly colours.]
You’ve seen the urban art of knitted wraps around trees and poles – now see the knitted Christmas decorations! Christmas just got 1970 crafty!
The set of 20 [all different] Christmas baubles is for sale: $AUD40. Buy now for Christmas!
This bakelite canister came with a set of transfers [Flour, Rice, Sugar, Sago, Coffee, Tea] in the 60s- so the homeowner could affix the labels as they saw fit- although the graduated size of the transfers meant most people stuck with the nominal order of the day. It makes me laugh that Flour was the largest canister – and coffee one of the smallest- nowadays it would be the other way around!
The transfer is in pretty good order for a canister that’s been in use since the 60s- normally these are quite perished when I find them. The red bakelite lid is also still tight-fitting, so you can store all the flour you wish!
This fantastic planter was made by Pates Pottery, which operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990. As you may have noticed, given the tenor of the posts of this blog, being a Sydneyite I have an affinity for the potteries that were producing domestic ware in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Pates’ designs and colours were influenced by the 1940s art and interior design trends; and produced work with this ‘Australiana’ colour glaze- brown and green – apparently reminiscent of the Australian bush. This nationalistic colour combination was very popular, and since I am a landscape architect, and quite fond of the Australian bush, I have tended to collect Pates’ pieces in this colour range. I have another pair of Pates planters, in the same shape but a different ‘colourway’ on the blog – you might like to check out.
This large planter looks fantastic supporting a range of succulent plants: I would advise keeping the succulents in their pots and styling them like cut flowers.
The large planter is for sale: $AUD45 – buy now for Christmas!
Gempo pottery – like much of the 70s- is having a resurgence at the moment. Gempo pottery was made in Japan between1962 – and 1974 for the export market.
The koala [and her joey] – have the large-faced form that marks all Gempo pottery. It is also particular to the 70s era with the stylised features, and the stoneware pottery glazed in rustic creams and browns.
I’m not sure how many animals Gempo stylised on their mugs, but currently in my collection I have a spotted hippo, giraffe and elephant. Oh, and a leo-the-lion moneybox!
Globite school cases were made by the Ford Sherington company– a well-known purveyor of luxury leather goods which started production in Sydney in 1912 and continued until the mid- 70s.
Interestingly the Ford Sherington company was started by a woman– Ada Sherington- and in the 30s Ford Sherington created the now famous Globite school case which millions of Australian children took to school [myself included.]
By the 60s, the well-known Globite technology was being used for reel-to-reel cases, as is this example. The Museum of Arts and Sciences notes:
“These were certainly very sturdy, being made of vulcanised rather than composite fibre, and much more expensive than most other school bags…”
The case has plasticised reinforced corners, which are riveted. The reel case is in fantastic vintage condition, and looks to be ‘as new’- and unused. It is for sale: $AU25
Fisher Price is uber collectable right now- I put it down to baby boomer nostalgia. No-one I knew growing up could afford imported Fisher Price toys for their children…so now vintage Fisher Price is being purchased by adults [for themselves! – not even for their vintage children/grandchildren!]
This is an articulated circus: the pieces are all timber, with anthropomorphised dress – the ringmaster bear has gingham pants, blazer, vest and a bowtie! There are 15 pieces in the set, but only ten here photographed- the set is complete with four circus top pieces and a bear riding in a car. They are all in excellent condition, with the minor exception of the bear and the seal, who show signs of ‘pre-love’.
I have collected a few SylvaC figurines and plates, jugs & mugs over the years. This lovely lamb [#1659] complements the fawn-coloured terrier figurine posted just recently. I also have a SylvaC ‘Scaredy Cat’ figurine. Like many SylvaC figurines, the lamb came in the limited colourway of fawn, green and cream. [OK- i agree – it’s beige. It’s SylvaC’s description, not mine.]
I bought all my figurines for styling purposes, so decided to pose the lamb with a styling item of its own: this toy tug boat, which is roughly the same vintage as the figurine, and with a complementary colouring. I posted it on Instagram, and of course- sod’s law- the toy tug boat was immediately bought!
Westminster ‘Sierra’ platter
made in Australia, 1962
Despite both exotic names [Westminster, evoking England] and Sierra [evoking America] this platter with it’s gay 60s abstract flowers was made in Australia.
Westminster started making souvenirware under the name Stanley Rogers & Sons in Melbourne in 1954. They imported blank ceramic pieces from Japan which they then decorated locally. By the 60s the name was changed to Westminster Fine China – to suggest a longer and more illustrious history – and a much larger range of tea sets and dinner sets where produced. These were decorated with bright, abstract flower arrangements [sometimes in very 60s and 70s gaudy colours.] On the whole, this platter in the ‘Sierra’ pattern is quite restrained.
The platter is in good vintage condition, and is for sale: $25