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How About a Little Television?

How About a Little Television?

I came across this really cool set of miniature TV’s while searching on Etsy.

This is the one that initially caught my eye! This was listed as a pencil holder, but I think it would look better as a Ficus planter. I knew I had heard the name Betty Furness before, then I remembered I had a thermometer set by her as well! She was an American actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator.

The thermometer set has very cool imagery on the box. I need to bust that thing out and use it.

Next is this fantastic little salt and pepper set. Check out the imagery on that box!

These little salt and pepper shakers sit flush on the top of the tv until you turn the knob on the front which raises them up.

Next we have the same television but in a brown color. It’s cool because it matches the atomic television in the background. This little set up even came with instructions on how to place your own photo into it!

1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

1950’s Raymond Loewy Designed Old Forester Decanter Restoration

I remember the first time I saw this style decanter. I thought it was soo atomic! Come to find out that they were designed by Raymond Loewy  (Thanks Benjamin Cobb Storck for the info). From that point on I wanted to amass a small collection and make a custom decanter set for entertaining.

This was a straight forward and quick restoration. The good news was that the bottoms and tops separate from the bottle part which made painting them a breeze!

This is the spray paint I swear by. I purchase this paint from Michael’s crafts store. Other gold paint can look tacky, but this one looks period correct.

Another good thing about this paint is that it is quick drying. Seriously, it only took 10-15 minuets for the pieces to dry.

I found a place on eBay that makes custom decals. I thought this light pink with a gold border would compliment the gold body of the decanter. I have managed to find 7 decanters so far and am looking to get a total of 10. 

As you can see, we have Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Cognac…

Whiskey, Scotch & Bourbon!

This set looks really good with the Hager smoking set.

Once I find the other 3 decanters we will be ready to party!

Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

Repurpose of Vintage Department Store Display

Mel and I came across this hutch when it was in an antique store called Atomic Living Hayward, which is sadly out of business now. I regreted not buying it when we saw it the first time. Then, I was hitting antique stores in San Jose, CA and BOOM, there it was again! I knew this must have been destiny, so I jumped right on it. Fortunately, there was a sale too!It appears it was mounted in/on a wall. The condition of the paneling on the sides and top was pretty bad. The side lower back corners had delamination and wood loss. As always when it comes to cabinetry work, I rely on my Step-Father Dave. I had no desire to try and replace the panels on each side and the top. We decided to recover the whole cabinet with 1/4 inch plywood to make it look like new. Once we cut each panel to size, we glued it and brad nailed it to the cabinet. Another challenge we had was that we needed to build a base for the legs to attach to. I decided I wanted to use 28″ hairpin legs to prop this cabinet up. Thank god for clamps! With the base built and the cabinet recovered it looked like a new cabinet. With the new plywood attached, we needed to add a trim piece to hide the repair. Here you can see the new trim and paneling. With the cabinet fully repaired it was time to attach the legs to this piece!Now time for paint!I wanted it to match the goldish tan color of our rattan. I took a small piece to Home Depot and matched it. I wanted to paint the striated wood insert a greenish color that would compliment our tiki room. With it painted, it was time to get glass cut for the top and install interior lighting. Ta Da! We are really pleased how it turned out. Melody and I are big fans of striated wood pieces. This doesn’t hold all our tiki mugs, but it adds loads more interest to the room.Now that this is done it’s off to the next restoration!

1960’s Japan Torica Astro Globe 

1960’s Japan Torica Astro Globe 


This has to be the most atomic globe around! I originally saw this a month or so ago at an antique store in San Jose, California. Then recently, I saw a post in a Mid Century Modern group on Facebook about an Astro globe someone had in their collection (thanks Holly!). That inspired me to pick up the one I spotted. Prior to this, I had never heard of this globe, so I did some research as I do with all vintage pieces we acquire.


Because of its “Space Age” design, the Torica Celestial Spheres has become a very popular and sought after collectors item. The transparent plastic celestial sphere is made of two halves and identifies stars, nebulas, constellations, nova and so much more.


Besides its obvious atomic appeal, this is a functional scientific tool. These globes came with instructions, but unfortunately mine did not. Also, upon further examination I noticed it appears to be missing the half meridian ring that is a bold yellow that overlays the celestial globe. Even with all this I still think it is dynamite!!!


Inside the celestial sphere is a terrestrial globe. The Globe is mounted on a fixed axis and has a wire ring around it. We’re not confident if this is a representation of the moon or satellite orbiting?


An additional mounting with a wire arm and a red ball representing the sun is located inside the sphere and can be rotated around the earth with a knob attached to the outside of the celestial globe.

The Torica Astro Globe is no longer in production although facsimiles were produced later with the aid of Japanese astronomers.

Source:

http://omniterrum.com/globe-inventory/sold/a-c1960-torica-astro-globe-a-scientific-instrument-of-the-space-age/

1969 Original Old Town Light Box

1969 Original Old Town Light Box

For all those who love the psychedelic this is right up or down your alley! I visited the antique store in San Francisco named “Stuff”. I had almost made it through the store without finding anything until I saw this flickering on a shelf behind some collectibles.

I had never seen a wall hanging like this and knew it would look fantastic in our 70’s pad. This reminded me of those psychedelic acid trip movies from the late 60’s made by Timothy Leary.

Upon further examination I discovered it had its original box(not in the best shape), extra slides with sleeves and the lighted frame.

It appears you could order many slides to zone out to. The unit we picked up came with “Win the race Edward (Galloping horses, man with gun)“, “Budweiser Horses” & “The Great “King” On-A-Lite“.

 

The lighted box is made of really thin plastic and is kind of fragile. I tried to find more info on this set but nothing came up. That didn’t surprise me considering how delicate this piece is. I wouldn’t be surprised if not many survived. Taking the white screen off reveals these Christmas like lights.

When plugged in they randomly come on and off and change speeds and order of lighting.

Here is the unit all together and lit up. It’s kind of hard to see.

Below you will find a really short video that does an ok job at showing what this little thing does.

This will be a great addition to our groovy pad. We look forward to finding other treasures as cool as this one!

 

 

 

 

 

1951 Lighted Planter and Shelf Unit Restoration

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1951 Lighted Planter and Shelf Unit Restoration

Mel and I saw a really cool formica cabinet for sale in S.F. that matched our office desk, so we shot over there to pick it up. We met a really nice couple who had lived in their home for many years. They had a lot of really cool items they were trying to get rid of because they were moving to Hawaii. Mel and I noticed this lighted planter and shelf unit right when we walked in, and it was love at first sight!

This couple took possession of this shelf unit from an elderly asian lady who used to own the whole building. When she passed, her family didn’t want any of her possessions, so they ended up with it.

Mel and I are big fans of multipurpose furniture. I love the design of this shelf unit and the planters push it over the top. Another cool feature is that the lower planter has a light above it. When lit, it gives the lower planter an aquarium feel.

The first step to restoring anything it to dismantle it. This shelf unit has two mirrors that flank each side of the lower planter. When I removed them, I noticed that on the back of the mirrors they had a stamp and it said…

I assume this fantastic piece was produced sometime around July 12, 1951 because of that stamp. After I broke the unit down, I started the long process of sanding, repairing and painting the piece. Here is the result…

I decided to keep the original black color scheme. I changed the red color of the shelves to aqua because I wanted to introduce more aqua into our decor. I also painted the removable planter bins aqua to help accentuate the curve of the shelf unit.

Thank god for artificial plants! I have tried to keep real plants alive, but never manage to do so. Michael’s sells really nice artificial cacti and succulents!

This lower planter throws really nice light and gives the room a pleasant atmosphere when turned on. Our house is just under 1800 sq ft, and being that we are antique dealers/collectors, we are at capacity. This is one of those pieces we will have to make room for.

Now we have to find some smalls we can place on each shelf.

We will always be looking for pieces similar to this. Not to long ago we found another planter cabinet that we use in our laundry room.

Below is the cabinet we originally drove out to get. I added the hairpin legs to give it a more atomic feel.

1955 Pink Smith-Corona Typewriter

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1955 Pink Smith-Corona Typewriter

Here is a piece of pink 50’s dynamite! We came across this piece in an antique store north of San Francisco, California. We really love finding staging pieces like this. It adds another layer of interest to our collection.

This is the complete set up! It came with the original “holiday” carrying case, touch typewriter chart, manual, eraser wheel & brush.

When I took the typewriter out of its case, I also found two original eraser pencils with brush ends!

This pop of pink is exactly what our office needed!

I have never been a real typer.  I am more of a hunt and peck typer, but this might just be the inspiration I need.

Here is a small clip of it in all its splendor…

 

 

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