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Some Odds And Ends That We Forgot To Share…

Mel and I are always on the hunt for cool things and sometimes we forget to share our finds with our readers. We wanted to take a quick minute to share some items that I don’t think we have ever shared before. The first item is this marvelous Moss lamp that we found in a Las Vegas antique store.

Please ignore the upside down lampshade

We had never seen this style Moss lamp before. Moss made radio lamps, clock lamps, aquarium lamps and so many other fantastic kinds of lamps. Though the lamps shade is not original it works for now. I love that aqua and gold figure, so art deco!

When we finally got back from Vegas we consulted our Schiffer “Moss Lamps Lighting The 50’s” reference book. We couldn’t find it in the book! I think that is a good thing, maybe a one off?

While in Vegas we also snagged this guy. This is a working 50’s Kenmore fan and I love the grey and aqua color scheme on it.

Next is this atomic pink fiberglass lamp with hanging planter!

We parked this lamp next to our pink frieze butterfly chair.

I found this little gem in an antique shop in San Jose California. It was hidden behind a bunch of vintage linens. When I pulled the linens back I was pleasantly surprised to find this pink 1950’s Motorola model 56L3A portable tube radio.

I found these 1940’s glass coasters on Etsy. Though they may not be politically correct they are still cool.

We have had our Grand Server for a while now and I wanted to stock the bar inside of it. I came across one of these Arrow decanters online and loved the imagery. I researched them and saw they made a few different styles. Here are some photos of the front and back of the six we acquired…


Now comes the fun part, going out and buying all the liquor to fill them.

Melody and I were at the Alameda Antique Fair in the bay and we ran into our friend Petra. We din’t manage to find a lot that day. While talking to Petra she mentioned that she had come into possession of some really cool Capri lamp shades she wanted to sell. She showed us some photos and we said YES!!!

These shades are pretty large and so cool.

These take our 1951 Regular bullfighter lamps to a whole new level!

 These shades help transform our room with warm light and unique styling.

Melody and I have had this Paul Frankl floor lamp for a long time now, but we couldn’t remember if we ever shared it with you. This thing is over the top atomic. When I look at it I think of a cool cat wearing a zoot suit. We have two matching table lamps as well but I think we blogged about them already, here they are anyway.

Well, I think that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed it!

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70’s Aquatron VX-33 8 Track Stereo Tape Player With AM/FM Multiplex Radio

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I came across this little gem on eBay and knew it would look fantastic with our other space age items. This is the Aquatron VX-33 which is a portable entertainment system from the 70’s and produced out of Japan.

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As you can see it is very clean for how old it is.

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It is all fully functional and sounds great!

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This came with the original box and owners manual.

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The battery compartment is clean with no corrosion.

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If you have one of these and need a manual here is copy of mine, not in the best shape but maybe it can be of use to someone:

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Below is what the original box looks like…

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Telefunken 5094 WK HiFi Stereo

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It even has the original makers tag!

As normal, I was searching through Craigslist and came across this Telefunken 5094 WK for $50!  I am a sucker for Telefunken, and this time it was no different.  This unit is in pretty great shape for its age but needs a little reconditioning to put her back to normal.

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I love Telefunken and with my stereo repair guy Luis keeps telling me, “if I have to buy a German console, only buy Telefunken”.  I do like the styling of Grundig units, but as Luis advised me, they are the lower end of German stereo units.

IMG_6317Here she is in all her glory.  All I have done to her at this point is oil her to darken the grain and rehydrate the wood. Those are furniture dollies under the legs of the Telefunken.  It makes it easier to move around until I find a more permanent place for it.

IMG_6318This unit has a fold out stereo and a lift up top for the record player.

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The cabinet is in remarkable shape for being 50+ years old.

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This unit has SW1, SW2, AM, FM and Phono.  It also has the cats eye, which glows green when the channel is fully in tune.

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There is a compartment on the bottom that allows you to store records.

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Telefunken record player model TW501/8TS

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Here is the original paper instruction label for the record player.

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This unit also has the dog ear speakers that pop out from the side to give a more complete sound.

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It has the original manual for the record player and the radio and they are in great shape!

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Way too cool!  Original purchase paperwork.  It looks like it was bought on December 5th 1961!  Was this possibly a Christmas present?

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Plenty of connectivity as you can see.

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There is some wear on the top of this unit that I might do a quick restoration on to make it as good as new.

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