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Beach Blanket Bingo! The Wonderful World Of Vintage Beach Towels!!!

Beach Blanket Bingo! The Wonderful World Of Vintage Beach Towels!!!

 

One of the hardest things to find in good condition are vintage textiles. They could be curtains, sheets, blankets, and yes, even beach towels. You have to remember when these things were made they were nothing special to folks back then. It’s only now we look back at them and admire the imagery and design. Many of these towels were actually travel souvenirs. Folks wanted something to remind themselves of where they had visited. It’s really amazing what some of these beach towels go for now! Here is a large sampling of towels I came across cruising the internet (please excuse the graininess, images are printed on Terry cloth so not a crisp image)… 

Mel and I just picked up the following two. They are NOS (New Old Stock) from Australia. No tags or artists name.

Some of the artists you might come across if you search for vintage beach towels are the following: Phillis Morgan, Landau, Anticio, Peter Max, Gilmour, Cannon, Londraville, Ralph Hulett, Vernon, Lady Galt, Vera Neumann and sooo many others. Some went by their full name, while others went by their last name.

 Some of the more common beach towel manufacterers that produced these vibrant towels were as follows: Royal Terry, Terry Treasure of CA, St.Mary, NEMS, Cannon, Dryfast and many more.

Obviously, bathing beauties were a very common theme.

These are fun looking. Who wouldn’t want to shake your tail feathers?

There were some really cool fish scenes on the beach towels.

There really is no shortage of pinup women towels.

I love the “Daddy-O” shorts guy!

As you might have guessed, this one is the one to get. There are two other beetle towel styles I have seen, but this is my favorite. It seems anything Beatles has crazy value attached to it. I like the Beatles, but I am more of a Rolling Stones Man!

All these towels are just a small sampling of what’s out there. It’s cool how expressive these towels are and how well they capture the era. These terry cloth dreams would be a great addition to anyone who collects items from this time period.

 

 

1970’s Easy Listening Room (“Easy Like Sunday Morning”)

1970’s Easy Listening Room (“Easy Like Sunday Morning”)

At one point Mel and I had a house in Sacramento and an apartment in San Jose. This was required because of Mel’s work. It was just easier for Mel to stay in San Jose during the week for work, and then come home to Sacramento during the weekends. As somebody who loves to decorate, I saw her apartment as an opportunity to decorate in space-age decor.  When we decided to go “all in” in the bay area and buy a house, we didn’t want to get rid of all the space-age furniture. We ended up deciding to devote one of our rooms in our house to 70’s space-age.

While I really do enjoy decorating with atomic Mid Century decor, it’s nice to explore a different genre. Decorating in a different style can really get your creative juices flowing. 

The real issue was going from decorating a full apartment to decorating just one room. It came down to a battle for space. We had so many cool pieces in her apartment, but they coudn’t all fit in one room. We tried to keep the coolest items from that collection.

I am big into music. I wanted to create a room to hang out in and listen to records and cassettes. I think I’m one of the few out there who are still listening to their cassette tapes. LOL! I remember the first cassette I ever bought was the “Black Celebration” album by Depeche Mode. I was raised on 80s music, but listen to everything! This is our wall of cassettes! I also use this wall to display some choice records.

We were able to keep Mel’s Seeburg Olympian 160 jukebox. Because I was a kid raised in the 80s, we loaded this sucker up with all 80s music! Since space is an issue, I took the closet doors off and created a cove for the jukebox. I also had an electrician come out and wire an outlet into the closet so I didn’t have extension cords hanging out. 

We have a few space-age radios and TVs, and the shelves in the closet above the jukebox are great for displaying those.

You might remember this Chromcraft couch, chair and ottoman set. We blogged about them a while back after we had them reupholstered.

I’m not sure who the maker of this red chair is, but we also had this one reupholstered. It is so comfortable to sit on.

This corner table is really unique. We came across it at an antique mall, and I knew it would be a great addition to the space-age decor. The bottom is a terrarium and I was able to put some of my favorite artificial cacti in there.

I suppose this table could also have been used as an aquarium. I’m not sure if that would work, but it might be a cool idea.

These vintage concert posters are all original prints. We purchased them from a dealer at Midway Antique Mall. The story behind them is that an elderly lady living in the bay area back in the 60s would see these posters on telephone poles and light poles. She would take them down and save them not really knowing that they’d be worth so much later. Anyway, the house she lived in was being demolished and I’m assuming she had passed away or moved on. A couple of observant ladies were walking by the dumpster that was being used and noticed a bunch of papers rolled up. Since they were being thrown away, they grab them. When they got home it was a massive collection of original concert posters from that era. They went to Midway Antique Mall and sold quite a few of them to that dealer. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Hepcats Evolution

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s.  We’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  However, we are no longer offering restoration services.

Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.

1965 Electrohome ‘Circa 703’ cabinet by Deilcraft of Canada

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Mel and I were at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire this last weekend that is held the first Sunday of every month.

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There were some cool items out for sale, but we were blown away by this Electrohome unit for sale by our friend Ed. He saw our Hepcat Restorations and the recent post we did on our newly acquired “Ultra rare RCA record player, radio and cassette player“.  At the bottom of that post I showcased other units I wish I could find, and this was one of them! We were so excited to see Ed had this and he brought it thinking it was something we would dig, and he was right.

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They made an acompaning chair that allowed you to listen and control the music from the Circa 703, what a cool idea! I can’t imagine there are many of those chairs around now.

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The designing mind behind Electrohomes Circa 75 was Gordon Duer. He was the design director and was responsible for making sure that the designs were forward thinking. They made sure to use materials that would be ultra futuristic, like plastic in all it’s forms; glossy, metalic, silver and white. The belief was that plastics would be the medium that would be used to help shape the future. On this particular unit they used their fair share of plastics, but the outer case is teak. These units sold for around $600 back in the day, which was quite an investment for that time period.

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This unit is surprisingly clean for its age.

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The Circa 703 has speakers in the base of the console. These satilite speakers will help fill the room with sound.

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All knobs are present and accounted for!

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Everything seems to work, but the record player needs a needle. The radio turns on and pulls in stations really well.

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We have EXPANDED!

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Here is our second booth. We are soo excited that we were able to expand. We try to carry a wide variety of items to appeal to many different folks.

Mel and I have been dealers at Midway Antique Mall for a while now and we have decided to expand to another booth.

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A few of the things that were showcased on this blog are in our booths.

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Here is a photo of our first booth. This booth is in the main building and our other booth is in the showroom portion of the shop.

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Here is a quick shot of our friend Vic’s booth!

 The following  are staged rooms done by the owners of Midway Antique Mall (Mark & Ann).  They do a great job of capturing the feel of that time period.IMG_6033

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