Large 1960’s ceramic Mexican-made tiger

 

Tyger, tyger, burning bright!  You just gave me quite a fright!  Apologies to William Blake, but the tiger is a fearsome creature indeed.  Long, lanky, slinky, and stealthy, he is forever stopped in the middle of pacing…or is he stalking?  Intense orange-red eyes and open, possibly snarling mouth, he has detailed features, well-rendered legs and huge paws (and this from the owner of two felines) … this creature could make a great impression if placed in the right location.  It’s important to note that this big cat may not be life-size, but he is 40″ from front to back.  That’s a lot of tiger.  Right hind leg bears the “Mexico” stamp; other views and information can be found here.

Never-worn collectible Levi’s sports watch and flashlight with case

 

A truly great example of collectible merchandise!  This electric blue watch with matching blue wristband in gray case with black flashlight was initially produced as a part of a promotional package and has never been worn or used.  Thanks to this, the watch, its informational pamphlet, case, and flashlight with batteries are all present and accounted for.   This is both a great piece for the collector of watches and the collector of Levi’s memorabilia.  More information and views here.

Deadstock 1980’s E.T. shoelaces

 

In a flurry of merchandising, the movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” produced countless items to tie in with the film’s 1982 release.  These never-worn shoelaces proclaim, “E.T. Lives!”  This bunch of mint-condition laces contains 8 pairs of 27″ laces, perfect for your vintage or modern sneakers.  White background with multicolored lettering and a few planets against a sky-blue background.   Flying bike not included.  More details and pricing here.

1960’s gold and brown CPO fleecy wool jacket

 

 

Smartly-fitted yet casual, this CPO / shirt jac from Montgomery Ward features golden and brown tones and hearty flap-patch pockets with black buttons.  Open collar gives it that extra-relaxed look, sturdy construction.  This can be worn simply as a jacket, where the fleecy wool is enough to keep you warm, or it can be layered with a variety of different shirts to really play up that casual aspect.  More views and sizing information here.

1950’s red black buffalo check wool outdoor jacket

 

This is another great example of outdoor fashion finding its way into the lives of suburban dwellers.  Even if you’ve never hunted or felled a tree, you can appreciate the boldness of design in this zip-up wool red and black jacket; whether you’re actually tracking pheasant with a rifle, pondering how to tap that maple for its syrup, or just taking a long-awaited march through the woods after a week at the office, this piece will keep you cozy and dashing.  The front is all buffalo checked, while the back is one solid field of brilliant red.  More views and information here.

Butter, cream, and maple 1960’s CPO jacket

The colors on this warm-toned heavy wool CPO jacket are rather reminiscent of not just the warmth of home, but also of cold-weather breakfast.  You have your toast with maple syrup brown, a caramel color for your hot drink, your lighter golden butter and pancake or waffle colors, smartly contrasted with shades of off-white and off-gray, and then criss-crossed with black naval buttons and plaid check gridlines.  For practicality’s sake, two flap pockets are on the chest and the cuffs button open or closed.  More views and details are available here.

Twentieth Century-Fox Camera #6: Extremely rare!

Great news for loves of motion picture history and vintage movie cameras like Bell & Howell, Pathé, and Mitchell!  We are pleased to offer this unique piece of motion picture history, in working order and with many accessories from filters to lenses to camera stands.  Only fourteen to sixteen of these cameras were ever made, and this camera is believed to have filmed such important movies as “Miracle on 34th Street”, “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”, “Planet of the Apes”, and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.   Imagine stars like Gregory Peck and Natalie Wood and Charlton Heston hearing the words “look into the camera” and THIS could be that camera!  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  First, a little background.

With the transition in 1927 from silent to sound movies, new challenges in sound engineering presented themselves:  Movie cameras were noisy, generating too much noise to get close-up shots without getting clicks and whirrs on the soundtrack.  Initially, the solution was to produce “blimping”, or a housing for the whole camera.  This proved heavy and difficult to maneuver.   And so, in the 1930’s and early 1940’s, an effort was made to reduce camera noise at the source.  The designers of this camera set out to make the parts of the camera themselves lighter, smoother in motion, and the net effect was a camera so quiet that it could be used within two feet of a microphone.   The shape of the camera was also innovative for its day:  Not only are the “magazines” for the film insulated, but the housing of the camera is not a box shape:  It is cylindrical.  It is the first camera to use t-stop and coated lenses, non-radiating lenses, fluid head, 200 degree shutter, just to name a few firsts.  It was the first camera designed to film in Cinemascope, and Bausch & Lomb developed lenses specifically for it.  An experimental model of this camera was produced in the mid-1930’s.   Further cameras were produced in 1940.

This camera comes with documentation and technical articles to attest to its age and innovative design.  There are copies of articles from 1935  describing the development of the camera, as well as articles from 1940 when the camera was introduced to the motion picture industry.  There are also numerous instructions for storage, maintenance, assembly, and operation of the equipment.

In addition to the camera and documentation, there are numerous accessories adding to the uniqueness of this look into cinema history.  Ranging from filters, metal filter holders and screens, adapters, lens paper by Kodak, camera oil, case made in Japan, and much more:  Please see the photos here and inquire with Monster Vintage.  We are happy to answer your questions.

1980’s designer princess gown in burgundy velvet

As splendid as it is luxurious, this never-worn and deadstock 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs of Chicago was originally sent to a Saks (as in Saks Fifth Avenue) sample sale.   The basic form is a drop-waist formal dress with puffed sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and tea-length hem:  quintessential mid-eighties.  The real beauty is in the use of fabric:  A soft velvet in a burgundy-wine color, expertly gathered down the front, at the drop waist, and best of all, at the sleeves.  The visual effect makes a lasting impression, and it likely is compounded when worn and walked in.  Click here for more sizing and views!

1950’s men’s Pendleton plaid robe

Great for cold-weather lounging and even greater if you enjoy warm russets and olive tones instead of the standard holiday jewel tones, this 1950’s Pendleton robe for men is ready to help you relax in plummeting nighttime temperatures.   Constructed of 100% virgin Pendleton wool right here in Oregon, this robe comes from the wool of sheep who know the chilly nights of eastern Oregon’s high desert!  Click here for more views and sizing details.