Bakewells canister

Bakewells 'flour' canister, 1930sBakewells ‘Flour’ canister,
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s

This is a fabulous- and large- ceramic canister from the 30s. Originally from a set of five- Flour, Sugar, Rice, Sago and Tea – this canister is missing its lid. Hence, it is acting as a vase.

How art deco is the ‘flour’ font? The set was produced in the 30s so was a little late for art deco : but I like the play on words: Flour/Flower.

The canister is made from earthenware, and the sets also came in blue, yellow and white. It’s incredibly rare to find an intact set of five – but – should anyone have the flour lid- I have the flour canister!

Pates vases

Pates vases, Sydney, 1940sPates vases
made in Sydney, Australia 1940s

Pates Pottery 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 1950s furnishing and domestic colour trends; and like Diana pottery – another Sydney pottery operating between the wars [and examples of which are in a couple of posts below] produced vases in baby blue, powder pink and pastel yellow. Pates, however, also continued to use a dual- drip coloured glaze– as evidence in these four vases.

The quite deco-shaped vase in front is a wall vase: designed to be hung on the wall and filled with flowers. The swan and fish-shaped vases are very typical of the animal themed vases made in the 40s. And the last posy vase has restrained deco-shaping; it’s an attempt to transition from the 20s to the 50s.

Start your Pates collection today! The four vases are for sale: $AUD125

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Marilyn…what’s going on here…?

Marilyn InvestigatesMarilyn Investigates
Acorn Books #2, London 1960

Marilyn Investigates by Glynn Miles: printed by Victory Press, published by Evangelical Publishers, Ltd.

All the names give it away- Victory Press, Evangelical Publishers- yes- this is a Christian novel taking on the Agatha Christie’s and Enid Blyton’s of the day. Hilarious.

I have no idea what good ol’ Marilyn investigates or finds…but – how fabulous- there is sure to be a resounding victory and praise to the Lord at the end. And the baddie gets a good talking to.  Although…that cover…is it just me or is there a suggestively homo-erotic vibe going on…

Add to that- for collectors of book plates and frontispiece certificates: there is a fabulous frontispiece from the Christian Literature Crusade, Sydney.

Marilyn Investigates is for sale: AUD$15

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Gay Ware popsicles [sold]

Gay Ware popsicle moulds
made in Sydney, Australia 1960s

People may be familiar with Gay Ware kitchen canisters [several collections have featured on this blog]- but not as much with this collection of Gay Ware popsicle moulds.

Gay Ware was made by Gay Plastics, in Sydney from the 40s to mid 70s. Each piece of moulded plastic was impressed with a large fonted ‘gay’- in lowercase lettering- which was considered quite avant garde at the time. The popiscle moulds are no different- part of their appeal lies in the large ‘gay’ across the belly of each mould.

The moulds feature four different silhouettes; Mickey Mouse [instantly recognisable] what looks like the Penguin from Batman [the beak, the top hat] what could be the Joker [again, Batman] and randomly – a rabbit. Each mould has a hole in the base through which the graduated plastic holder is inserted.

While the plastic is in pristine order- doesn’t look to have been used for any popsicle making to date- there are only five sticks for the eight moulds; three sticks are missing. The popsicle moulds would make for a fantastic retro Christmas present; just perfect for the hot summer months ahead.

The gay popsicle moulds are for sale: $AUD50 – no home is complete without them!

Retro Berlin school map, part II

Retro town planning mapVillage form school map, c1950s

Ok, ok, enough with the school maps already! But I do love this town planning one. That’s totally a subject that should be taught in school. Far too late to be teaching it at university- children should understand urban form from an early age. Imagine the cities we’d be living in if that was the case.

Dorfformen translates as ‘village form’ and here we see three forms in plan view and perspective. Google translate gives no clue as to the meaning of angerdorf, waldhfendorf or rundling- but really do we need one? The drawings are self-explanatory.

This map is going in my drawing office. The colours and forms are so conducive. All drawing should be this good.