“Theatricals” men’s tap dance shoes

Ah, tap dancing, a truly American art form.  Originally a fusion of African-American dance and some Northern Atlantic clogging and step dancing, it came into its own in the 20th century, with such famous performers as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Gregory Hines, and Savion Glover.  Even more recently, some musical groups like Tilly and the Wall used tapping instead of drums in their songs, to very interesting effect!  These shoes are lace-up black Oxford-style tap shoes, probably from the 1980’s, and made by the “Theatricals” company.  These particular shoes have not had a lot of wear and still help some hoofer get in a lot of toe tapping!  Click here for views and sizing information.


1950’s green Murano glass lighter

Coming from a very long tradition of making fine glass in Venice, this lighter captures the light and reflects it off dozens of carefully-placed bubbles in the translucent green body of this piece.  Fitted with a brass piece for the lighting mechanism, the piece is substantial in weight, yet delicate in its line and design. Click here for more views and specifications!


1950’s chalkware Marwal Hawaiian girl bust

The 1950’s were a very interesting time, and one of the most interesting events of the decade was when Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.  Contemporary magazines, fashion, and music all reflected the heightened fascination with Polynesian culture.  More ukuleles were produced in the 1950’s than in any other decade – 9 million!  This decade also saw the birth of the “Tiki” culture.  So it’s fitting that this chalkware bust of a Hawaiian girl with a flower in her hair comes from that time.  Her features are quite accurately sculpted and the contrast between her skin tone and her hibiscus flower is warm and appealing.  The manufacturer is Marwal Inc., a Florida-based producer of collectible busts and figures in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Please go here for more details and views.

Pendleton plaid wool skirt

It’s very hard to look at such a classic plaid skirt and not think of the Audrey Horne character in the classic show Twin Peaks.  Although Audrey’s skirts were more often wine-colored, almost all the women of Twin Peaks wore some configuration of plaids and tartans; it was an expression of the Pacific Northwest and the woods and people who made their living by logging…although none of the characters were lumberjacks!  Whatever the meaning of the show’s distinctive wardrobe, the plaid skirt reminds fans of this show of Audrey, dreamily dancing in the diner, trying to catch the eye of Agent Cooper, and just being all-around mysterious.  Like so many people in Twin Peaks, she was full of secrets.  This skirt, however, is very straightforward:  Full of timeless style.

Saddle shoes not included.

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1960’s red buffalo check hunting cap

Whether you loved “The Adventures of Pete and Pete” on TV in the 90’s or were a fan of Walter Matthau in “Grumpy Old Men”, you’ll immediately recognize the appeal of this red checked men’s hunting cap.  Although Matthau character had the full ear flaps, Little Pete Wrigley wore almost exactly this style.  This hat is 1960’s vintage, in a sturdy red and black “buffalo” check in a warm wool.  Instead of full side flaps, there is a short flap of fabric inside the cap that enables the wearer to protect his (or her) ears from the cold.    Use the hat as an accent or mix it with other prints to really make a statement!   Click here for more sizing and views.


Peach 1920’s “Sarabelle Mode” cloche hat

Named for its shape (cloche means “bell” in French), the cloche hat is the symbol of the Roaring Twenties headgear for women.  A huge departure from the large and elaborate hats of the previous decade, when hairstyles were voluminous and full, the flapper hairstyles were sleek, minimalistic, and amazingly close to the head.  Suddenly, hats could easily be pulled down over the crown and even hide part of the face.  Because of this, there was room around the wearer’s forehead and temples for unusual shapes – peaks, ruffles – that would directly play off one’s features.  The cloche hat stayed in style into the 1930’s, but its true height as a cutting-edge fashion coincides with the “birth” of the Flapper, the It Girl.    Despite the androgynous, gender-role-smashing image of the flapper, some cloche hats still managed to be quite feminine-looking.  And so it is with this coral-peach-colored dream of a hat by Sarabella Mode.  It’s quite rare to find such an old hat, especially with such detail.  This has all the major elements of the 20’s – asymmetrical design, warm color, and lots of kick!  Click here for more views and sizing information.

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1950’s abstract red Asian lamp

Continuing last week’s trend of “really cool stuff, not limited to clothing”, we had to share this stunning example of mid-century lamp design.  It has all the hallmarks, yet it’s not like every other 50’s lamp you see.  Look at the diagonals in the shade and the base.  Look at the nice shade of deep, cool red.   Look at the abstract pattern in black and white – not as frivolous as some of the fleck and swirl detail on furniture and dishware from the same time.  The biggest bonus with red lamps, in the humble opinion of this blogger, is that they look great off *and* on.   Click here for other views and size specifications!


Soft-side Peanuts/Snoopy suitcase

Anybody who was alive and a kid in the 1970’s probably had at least some Snoopy or Peanuts products.  Snoopy  was probably more popular than Charlie Brown.  He was just about everywhere – pencils, stickers, piano books, lunchboxes…and luggage.  This soft-sided suitcase in a cool brown shows Snoopy as the Red Baron against a multicolored abstract horizon with clouds and the sun.  Great nostalgic piece in this day of drab, all-looks-the-same luggage!   Click here for more views and information.