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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Closer Than You Think!

Check these far out clippings made sometime around the mid 50’s to the early 60’s! They had such high hope for the future…..what happened??

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Ok, I want to deliver mail if that is what it is suppose to be like

So stylish


Looks like the Galleria!


Now that's a fruit stand!

I am diggin' this place!

I but your premiums would be sky high!

You could change the color of your car all the time!

There is no way I would be able to sleep with daylight all the time

guess you wouldn't need your glasses


Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock made one of my favorite movies of all time, 1954’s Rear Window. I sort of think of Mr.Hitchcock as the Tim Burton of that era (except better than Mr.Burton). I can’t say there is one thing that draws me to that movie specifically but it is the film as a whole. I think James Stewart & Grace Kelley are great in it as well as the rest of the cast. One of the things I love about it is that it shows everyday life and sometimes if you actually look at your neighbors and their habits you might be surprised at what is going on right under your nose. I feel as though Mr.Hitchcock really hit it out of the park when he made this film. Here are a few other films he made that I am a fan of as well. Some of these you may not be familiar with but he made so many more movies than just Psycho. I have tried to include a couple of the trailers. Enjoy!

Oh, one last thing…Mr.Hitchcock liked to make a cameo in his films so keep your eyes peeled when watching his movies!

1955 The Trouble With Harry (John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine & Edmund Gwenn)

1948 Rope (James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger )

1958 Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes)

1960’s Telefunken Hymnus Stereo Counsel

Originally the styling attracted me to these units. It wasn’t till I started listening to the quality produced by its audio that I fell in love with them. An opportunity to purchase a Telefunken  Hymnus  floor counsel finally presented itself and I jumped on it. The cabinet of this piece is in great shape and much to my surprise it actually worked when turned on! Once I got the unit home I started looking through it and I found all kinds of paperwork to it. I found electrical schematics, receipts of purchase and other little things. This unit came equipped with the  Am/FM/SW radio, record player and the original owners even purchased the option reel to reel unit! A cool feature with this unit is it has swing out speakers on the side. All I have had to do to this unit is oil it and dust it. Mel and I are really happy with our purchase.

Here is a little history:

Telefunken was established on May 27th 1903 in Berlin and it was a joint venture by Siemens & Halske and the Allgemeine Elektrizitas-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company). In the beginning Telefunken predominantly worked on military and governmental projects but later moved towards the civilian market. Telefunken was active in the radio and television marketplace, recording, and records manufacturing. They had become a household name in Germany and Throughout Europe. Due to vast mismanagement Telefunken started their long slide to oblivion in 1970. It is such a shame to see a company that made such a great product dissolve not because of its quality but because of mismanagement.

I really recommend, if you haven’t already, giving one of these units a listen. The have such a rich and deep sound to them that you might just run home and throw out all that “Made in Japan” stuff and buy one of these fantastic units.

Here are some pictures of our unit!

Paint By Number


I am sure a lot of you grew up with these but I am sure there are a few who didn’t. Paint by number (PBN) was a way for everyone to express them selves using paint. You would purchase a themed paint kit that would come with an image that was segmented by numbers and you would match the color with the number and paint accordingly. Depending on your skill level you could purchase simple to difficult PBN’s. These were first produced in the 1950’s by Max S. Klein, an engineer and owner of the Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan and Dan Robbins, a commercial artist. In 1951 Palmer created the Craft Master brand and sold over 12 million kits to eager artists everywhere. There were a few other companies that produced PBN’s such as Paint Your Own, Craftint, Hasbro & Tole Craft to mention a few.

PBN’s were made with a variety of themes to include movies, rock groups and popular tv shows like the ones below:


Beatles PBN. Each kit had one of the members of the group!


Star Trek! One of these sold on Ebay for $1800!

Here is a cool clip on PBN’s

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Melody and I collect PBN and look at it as a form of folk art. I know some people might think they are primitive in appearance but that is exactly what draws me to them. I really think some of the images that have been produced are really nice. Ever since I purchased my first one I had the idea to take a small wall and cover the whole thing. I decided to fill up one of the walls in our bathroom. I really like it but maybe I am crazy??


Entrance to our bathroom


They go all the way to the ceiling



This one is called “Pinky”


This one is known as “Boy in blue”


I love the colors of this PBN geisha.


1958 Disney’s Magic Highway

Hands free driving......attention free it appears as well!

The Jetson’s have nothing on this!

I really love the visual appeal of this video. Disney’s artists deserve a round of applause. If this clip doesn’t get you excited then check your pulse.

All I can say is why isn’t this a reality!? Do we dream this big anymore?

1950s TV Lamps

To me these TV lamps are pieces of art. There were soo many different ones made by a lot of different manufacturers (Royal Fleet, Maddux, Lane, Texans Inc., Kron, Fuhry & Sons, Jacquelin, Royal Haeger…). The necessity of these lamps came about when televisions started showing up in homes. When watching the early televisions you had to watch them in almost complete darkness because of the low luminosity, making low light viewing a genuine benefit. The common belief was that watching the television in complete darkness caused eyestrain, hence the birth of the television lamp. Creators of these lamps didn’t just crank out some cheap looking garbage they took this opportunity to introduce wild designs with radiant colors into consumers homes. I actually started collecting these just recently. I hope you can appreciate their beauty as I do.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to use these just on top of televisions, you can use them as additional lighting in any room.

Here are a couple that I have and enjoy.

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Monsanto Chemical Company Presents The House of the Future!

Monsanto Chemical Companies "Home of the Future" at Disneyland (1957-1967)

This is for you Vic.

This home was an exhibit at Disneyland from 1957-1967. This house was made of 99.97% of artificial materials. It was cutting edge for its time. Plastics were a new thing and revolutionized and modified building materials that were available.

Ok, I have an excuse as to why I don’t have one of these….I wasn’t alive yet. For all of those of you who were alive during that time I want to know why you didn’t buy one of these!?

Here is a video I found on this marvelous house. I wish it was better quality but this is the best I could find.

Part 1

Part 2

Here are some pictures of the inside and some literature:

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The house's designers, Marvin Goody and Richard Hamilton.

Looks good even at night!

Soo retro!


Oh! I want one sooooo bad!!!

Floor Plan

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