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Lovin’ Lodi

Mel and I visited Lodi last weekend and found some cool antique shops. We were finding a lot of little things but all of a sudden we came across this…

We already have a barber chair so it just seemed natural to get a 1950’s salon hairdryer. This one was way too cool to pass up. It is in great shape and just needed some cleaning.

The chair is in great shape. The only issue was a small cigarette burn near the ashtray.

The drying unit was made by Bonat

Here is an Ad on the drying unit. It turns on by flipping the visor down and shuts off by flipping it up.

The crazy thing is we purchased this not knowing if it worked or not. After I cleaned it up Mel and I plugged it in and it fired right up.

We love the colors. It is black, grey and pink.

This will be a great place to chill and listen to some tunes or read a book. I love that it even has pointy legs!

The best part about getting this was that all it needed was cleaning, so I didn’t really have to do anything.


Clovis Magazine Rack Restore

Mel and I picked this up in Clovis and it needed to be re-finished. It had a lot of rust and old paint on the frame. I love this rack because of its art deco lines and that it is able to be broken down.

The first thing that needed to be done was to sand down everything…..yes everything. It is a lot of work sanding metal frames and the metal trays. The new paint will bring this back to life.

Now that I have it all sanded (and have now acquired arthritis), it is time for paint!

I decided to use the classic color combo of black and maroon. It will look great!

After all the pieces were painted I set them out in the sun to dry. Once they dried I assembled them. This will look great in our bedroom.

Going The Distance

Mel and I drove out to beautiful Clovis California this weekend to do some antiquing. We manged to find a couple of cool items. Here is what we stumbled across…

We found this fantastic little art deco clock that still works!

This is an awesome Seeburg satellite speaker. I plan to use this with our Seeburg Library Unit Jukebox. I am unsure if this one works or not but I will have to clean it up and check it out.

Next we managed to find a couple of Gay Fad state glasses. We had not planned on collecting these but I guess here we go! We found 4 states: Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi & Kansas. We already New Mexico. This means we only need to find 45 more! It’s all good, we are up for a challenge!

Mel and I found this clock in one of the antique stores. I don’t know what it is about panthers or leopards, but they are soo cool and are highly desired by collectors.

Mel found some fish as well. I can’t even tell you how many that makes in our bathroom. We had a chance to buy some fish Carlo’s but the seller fizzled out. Those would have been so great to pair with these fish.

Next we came across this really cool art deco picture frame. I will see what 1940’s or 1950’s Hollywood starlet I can put in it….maybe Doris Day or Barbara Stanwyck or Elizabeth Taylor.

We also found this great cast iron RCA Victor record holder display with Nipper! I think I have a Sinatra or Elvis record I can put in it, or maybe Pearl Bailey.

We picked this unusual Art Deco style magazine holder. I haven’t seen one like this yet. I plan on restoring it.

It was nice to find a few things in Clovis. The day was beautiful and we had a fantastic time checking out Clovis.

Another Great Weekend!

Mel and I had a fantastic weekend picking. I started early by driving out to the bay area on Friday. If anyone else was on the road in the bay area I am sure you felt it was more like a parking lot! Anyways, my first stop was to see our friend Vince to pick up a fantastic Heywood Wakefield coffee table, model number M905G.

It needs to be refinished but I love it!

It has this fantastic long drawer that pulls out. It has that all important makers mark.

After I loaded this into my Mini I shot over to pick up another set of Carlo’s that our friend Stephen had. Stephen was the one who sold us the bullfighter Carlos.

I know what you are saying, these are not angular frames! But, these still have the Art Metalcraft Studios decals on the back so we couldn’t pass them up.

After the trip to the bay I wasn’t too anxious to get back in the car but that is what separates the true hunters from the rest. Mel and I hit all of our usual haunts and found soo many great things! Here is our haul!

Let me show you what were fortunate to find…

The first thing we did on Saturday was shoot on down to Modesto to pick up these two Heywood Wakefield coffee tables model number M794G. We got them for next to nothing but they need some work. The owner seemed really proud that he had painted one of them blue. Then he said he didn’t get a chance to paint the other one red……..WHAT?! I always cringe when I see that someone has painted something as awesome as HW.

They need a lot of work but that’s what I am here for.

This is an item I have wanted for the diner for some time. It is a 1950’s “Wise Owl Quizette” IQ tester and napkin holder. It needs some cleaning up and I need to see if I can find replacement IQ cards.

This is a fantastic WWII Bakelite book holder. Now that is cool just by its self but when you look closer you see these really cool military images from WWII, check it out!

Check out the soldiers and the vehicles! Sweet!

Here are battleships on the high seas.

Aircraft flying through the blue yonder!

This was the start of the Bakelite bonanza. We came across a few more really cool items, check em’ out:

I saw this on Craigslist and picked it up while we were out. This is a Zenith H664 record player and radio. It is a fantastic example of art deco styling, form meets function. I love it.

Next, Mel found this Magi-Call in a local antique store. I want to find another one so I can hook it up to the Zenith for a surround sound effect. I have to have Luis from Stereoadvisor work his magic.

We then came across this great radio bar. Mel and I saw this at Second Sunday a while back but never was able to speak to the owner. This was known as a Porto Baradio PB-520, The Porto Baradio was released in 1948. It was manufactured by the Stewart Warner company but sold by Porto Products of Chicago. The chassis number for the radio inside is 9008-B.
This is rare to find in ivory (I’m guessing plaskon).
The front, ivory dial facade is always warped in the corners.
There was a “companion” radio to this one called the Smokerette. It had spaces for pipes, a place to store tobacco and an ashtray. (Model SR-600). This unit did not come with the glassware but I will see if I can locate it somewhere.

Mel loved this mainly because the starbursts in the teal bottom section and I thought it would look great in the diner.

Haeger large gazelle figure. This may look very art deco but they were actually made in the 1990’s. I just couldn’t pass up the design of it. It really does compliment the other pieces in our room.

This is a Haeger wolf that we liked as well.

These are by far my favorite find. I have always been a fan of the golden era of Hollywood. I watch soo much TCM and have such an appreciation for the films they show. Anyways, these are made by Clay Art of San Francisco. I can not find any real information on them and I don’t even know how many stars they produced. I am still tracking down Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and any others they may have made.

This is Clark Gable of course. It appears to be from “Gone With The Wind“.

Here is Marlon Brando from “The Wild One“.

Here is my favorite, John Wayne. I think it looks like him when he played in “The Searchers“. These faces are just fantastic!

Now comes the hard part. I have to clean a lot of the pieces and get them serviced if they have electronics. These will look great once they are positioned in our bedroom. It was nice to have a lot of good finds because there has been a dry spell lately.

Goodbye Dick


I remember as a child growing up in San Jose California watching American Bandstand in the 80’s. I saw a lot of great artists perform and it was always entertaining to watch all the young kids get out there and dance.

Mr.Clark was a widely recognized American radio and television personality, best known for hosting television’s longest-running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted  Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which beamed Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide.

As host of American Bandstand, with his unparalleled communication skills, he was a “primary force in legitimizing rock ‘n roll,” not only to teenagers, but also to America’s adult population. The show gave countless new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, among whom were Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Talking Heads and Simon and Garfunkel. His shows were among the first where blacks and whites performed on the same stage and the live audience seating was desegregated. Singer Paul Anka claims that his show was responsible for creating a “youth culture,” and due to his youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager.”

As a successful businessperson,he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he sold part of late in his life. He also founded the restaurant chain, “American Bandstand Diner,” modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. Beginning in 1973, he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show, similar to the Grammy Awards.

Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show through the 2011/2012 show. Clark died on April 18, 2012 at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack following a medical procedure.


Here are some great performers who played on American Bandstand.

Sealing The Deal

Mel and I acquired this little Telefunken Jubilate at a Second Sunday away back. The unit works fine and has that usual rich Telefunken sound. The only real problem was that the finish had started to flake off. I was unsure if I could duplicate the German finish (dark on edges light in the middle) so what I tried to do was preserve it from further deterioration. Sure, I could strip it down and redo the finish but I may not be able to make it look the same and one of the great things about these radios is the rich finish.

As you can see the finish had lots of cracks because of age and it was just starting to flake off in some places.

I decided to sand the whole cabinet down with really fine sandpaper (220 grit) to smooth out the finish.

Next I wiped it down really well and sprayed a few coats of Rust-Oleum polyurethane to seal it and protect it (I will redo it later if I can figure out how to duplicate the finish).

Now with a couple of coats it needs to dry overnight.

The only thing to do now is wax it and shine it up.

Now all I have to do now is find a place for it in our room. I really think it looks great considering all I did was a little preventive maintenance.

Shines like a jewel.

If you are lacking a cool radio in your home then try a Telefunken, I promise you will not be disappointed.

I know I usually refinish things to like new condition but sometimes you have to do what you can to prevent further damage and deterioration of the piece. I will research and see if anyone has a good approach on how to refinish the cabinets to like new condition but for now I am satisfied with the results.

Traveltalks – 1942 Mexico City

These informational clips always make me want to travel!


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