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Vintage! The brand name on this piece of vintage technology is 'Snyder.' Can you guess what it is and what it does? It's a 'Snyder Directronic TV Indoor Antenna.' Sort of a one-eared rabbit ears. It says this on the back: 'Antenn-gineered by Snyder, Philadelphia.' It has a plastic body and heavy gold-colored metal base. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Collecting vintage original print advertising art isn't easy. This is part of a rare painting on illustration board for Cunard. Unsigned, but the board is stamped David Garrett Jr., who may or may not have been the artist. What beautiful work! To say one 'collects art' has historically meant the collecting of what is called 'fine' art, as opposed to commercial art. That is changing. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Wonderful beach towel advertises Marina del Mar California Swimsuits 'From California, Naturally,' c.1966. From 'More Bathroom Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Birds Eye Quick Frozen Chicken Pie 'Frosted Foods' Chicken Pot Pie. From 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Sugar Jets breakfast cereal (General Mills). Bright colorful packaging first appeared on breakfast cereals in the later 1950, as on this Jets box. Jets were WONDERFUL and were my favorite as a kid and I miss them and I want them back now! From 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Bathroom Collectibles brighten the home: Spoolie (Spoolies) rubber hair curlers, USA, 1949. Voit Nose Clip (for swimmers), USA, c1960. Paris Garters (sock garters), A. Stein & Co., USA, c.1950. Listerine Toothpaste 'Double Size,' Lambert Pharmacal Co., St. Louis, USA, c.1950. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Now! Buy the new Ray-O-Vac King Size Leakproof Battery for extra value! This vintage original clear sticker was intended for a store window. Inscribed 'Goodstix' by the Goodren Prod. Corp. Englewood, N.J. From 'More Batteries' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage box of Ciné-Kodak Kodachrome Safety Color Film movie film (Eastman Kodak Co., USA, 1936). From 'The Box It Came In' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Beautiful vintage box of Desirée Hearts Desire Lingerie (Cape Underwear Manufacturers Pty. Ltd., South Africa, c.1958). See 'The Box It Came In' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Bohn Omnitrex, a 'pocket- size' beast of a calculator from 1973. Few today can imagine the mundane calculator causing any sort of a buying frenzy. But in the early 1970s when the pocket calculator was new, they were all the rage. From 'Pocket Calculators' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Old cigarette packs had some terrific designs. Here are 'Toppers' from United Whelan and 'Thrills' from Axton-Fisher Tobacco. Much more at 'Cigarette Packs' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections in purple and white plastic is a Goldbühl wind-up alarm clock on a pedastal base (c.1967, West Germany). It's about four inches across. From 'A Collection of Clocks' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The original Howard Miller starburst, or spike, clock from the 1950s, design credited to George Nelson. See more examples including the original ball clock at 'A Collection of Clocks' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The beautiful mid-century-modern Sheffield clock is battery powered and from Germany c.1960s. From 'A Collection of Clocks' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections This adorable vintage little sailor suit is tagged Petit Jouet and was made in France. From 'Vintage Clothes' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The Apple Macintosh Portable sold new in 1989 for $6,500! It weighs over 16 pounds, mostly because it has a lead-acid battery (like your car!). Screen size is 10 inches diagonal. This is the first laptop Macintosh, predating the PowerBook. From 'Small Computers' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections IBM chose a bland putty-beige for their first personal computer in 1981 and most others fell into lockstep with that, even Apple. But Sony dared to be different in 1984 when they offered this stunning red HB-101 Hit Bit. The public, of course, armed with their so-called 'good taste' soundly rejected it. Color is only for children, or so the drab would have us believe. See 'Small Computers' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Crystal radios were the first radios. They use no batteries or other power to receive stations; they are powered by the faint signals from the broadcasting stations themselves and can be heard only through earphones. After 'real radios' were amplified, the crystal radio managed to survive in the form of a toy. This rocket radio is an MG-305 from Miniman (Japan). From 'Crystal Radios' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections This beautiful vintage oil on canvas painting is a portrait commissioned by the proud parents of this lovely young woman. The artist, so far as I can make out, is Carlton Tims or maybe Carlton S. Tims or Stims. From 'Fine Art Portraits' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Collectible Flashlights! From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Mid-Century Modern vintage kidney shaped sofa set, from 'Pushy Furniture' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Lie Detector (Mattel, 1960) 'scientific crime game.' From 'Board Games and Such' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Astro Launch 'new exciting space game' appealed to our '50s-'60s fascination with space travel. From Ohio Art, c.1959. These were the same people who gave us the 'Etch A Sketch.' From 'Board Games and Such' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/games.htm Vintage collectible Johnson's Prepared-Liquid Wax glass bottle (Wisconsin, USA, 1936), New Instant Joy for Dishes 'Mildest Ever' (Proctor & Gamble, USA, c.1958). From 'Garage/Utility Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Hotpoint Appliances sign is lit from within. From 'Garage/Utility Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Baby, you're the little number I'm looking for. Will you be my valentine? Greeting cards and valentines at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage invitation to a 'Coke Party' circa 1960. From 'Greeting Cards' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Pocket-size music player? iPod? Cell phone? Walkman? Camera? Nope. It's a vintage 1949 Maico hearing aid, made in the USA. From 'Hearing Aids' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Kool-Aid 'base for soft drinks and desserts' (Perkins Products, USA), patent date 1936, this package dated 1942. From 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Warrens Mint Cocktail chewing gum, 1947 (Bowman Gum, USA), Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum and Wrigley's Spearmint gum (these gums are here wrapped in paper, not foil, indicating that these are likely from the World War 2 years when foil was conserved), and Adams Black Jack gum, 1960s (my favorite!). From 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Collectible matches / matchcovers from the Stork Club, New York City, c.1958 and Blue Bird Restaurant, Pueblo, Colorado, c.1950. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The amazing Astatic 600S microphone with a plastic grille and chrome fins! From 'Microphones' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Domestic Finance Co. matchcover, c.1948. From 'Matches and Matchcovers' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Interesting vintage microphone--Calrad DM-18 (Japan). From 'Microphones' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Music guides, popularity charts, surveys, top-forty lists--these things went by a lot of names. Created by radio stations, they were available free at record stores. This one, from WKNR (Detroit), was for the week of December 17, 1964 and listed all the 'Keener 13 Hits,' including, at number one, 'Love Potion Number Nine' by the Searchers. From 'Music Guides / Lists / Top 40 Radio' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Theatre Sound--lettering from some old RCA equipment. RCA had a similar script lettering saying 'Television' on their old color TV cameras. From 'Nameplates and Lettering' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Wonderful vintage nameplates from Kenmore, Royal, Notifier, Featherlite, Webcor, Zenith, Fujiset, Truetone, and Mueller. From 'Nameplates and Lettering' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Miny tape recorder from around 1960. It uses 3-inch reel and was made in Japan. From 'Pocket and Portable Tape Recorders' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Fi-Cord 101S, a nifty little 'spy' recorder from the cold war era using 2-inch reels. It has a built-in microphone and was made in Switzerland. You could also use other optional microphones with this recorder, including one that looks like a wristwatch. From 'Pocket and Portable Tape Recorders' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Telefunken 600 'Portable Dictating Machine' uses 'magnetic recording discs' and is, for office equipment, exceptionally beautiful. It was made in Germany, probably in the 1960s. From 'Pocket and Portable Tape Recorders' at  web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Elgin pocket watch. From 'Collecting: A Rationale' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Model 44 Vendo Coca-Cola machine. From 'Collecting: A Rationale' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections One of the greatest album covers of all time, 'Dave Brubeck Quartet / Angel Eyes.' Columbia CS 9148, photo by Jerome Ducrot, model uncredited. From 'Records, Album Covers' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections 'The Evils of Elvis Presleyism' is an amazing period piece. Quoting: 'Elvis Presley is an uneducated Tennessee fellow... with grotesque sideburns, who musicians say plays his guitar very crudely, but with an emotion-soaked voice and sensual body movements has entranced millions of teenagers [to] make him their 'sex-idol'.'  By Dr. David Otis Fuller. From 'Religious Tracts' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections As heavy as it looks,  the vintage Atomic Disintegrator cap pistol from Hubley is from around 1950 (USA). The red 33 Repeater pop gun is from All-Metal Products (1936, Wyandotte, Michigan, USA). From 'Toy Guns, Space Guns' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections This vintage and very fragile model is made of balsa wood and feels like little more than paper. It is a Hudson Miniature model of a 1910 Ford Model T Torpedo from their 'Old Timers' series (1949, USA). From 'More Toys' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Panasonic TR-005 Orbitel television, usually called the 'flying saucer' TV (1971, Japan). The box for this set is on the 'Vintage Televisions' page at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections 'Hit and Missile' is a vintage hand-held 'video' game from Tomy, 1979. Many games from this era were hardly 'video' at all, but rather were mostly mechanical and just trying to ride the wave of popularity early hand-held video games enjoyed. Call them 'pretenders,' or 'hybrids' if you want to be kind. From 'Early Video Games' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage mask from 'Wall Decor' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage original Howard Miller ball clock from 1947. Design credited to George Nelson. From 'A Collection of Clocks' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections A gentleman always carries a handkerchief. These great vintage 'hankies' from 'Vintage Clothes' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The Global GR-711 transistor radio from Japan, circa 1960. Was there ever a better looking transistor radio than this? From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The vintage 'Remco Electronic' toy walkie talkie sounds high tech; 'electronic' was a relatively new word in 1951. But it's a wired walkie-talkie that doesn't use batteries or any other source of power, making it even more primitive than Alexander Graham Bell's original telephone patent. From 'Walkie Talkies' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Retro Folk art adapted from front grille lettering of 1959 Pontiac Bonneville. Note the five-stripe design motif sticking up out of the top--calling to mind that distinctive feature of Pontiac design as much a part of the brand as Chief Pontiac himself for many years. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Julian 9-transistor toy walkie talkie. Made at a time when product shapes weren't merely rectangles with rounded corners and the color palette wasn't limited to black, white, and gray. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections What the likes of Elvgren and Petty did for guys in the 1940s, the uncredited artist on this vintage Playboy Club Menu cover does for guys who came of age in the 1970s. Los Angeles Playboy Club (Century City). From 'Collecting Pop Culture' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage classic 1960s version of the Dixie Cup. Devised in 1912 more for health reasons than mere convenience, the Dixie cup was called 'Health Kup' until 1919. Before disposable cups and water fountains, it was common for people to use a community cup or dipper to drink water from public water barrels, easily spreading communicable diseases. From 'Our Disposable Culture' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections 'Duets' drink coasters fit right on your glass! Described as 'Intimate Coasters for your Highballs.' The 'male' version substitutes a jock strap for the lace. Naughty in a goofy 1950s sort of way. Several more examples are on the 'Drinks, Anyone?' page at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Collecting mid-century items related to drinking alcohol, one can see a definite festivity in it all. Though one might have a drink quietly at home, much of the paraphernalia connected with it said 'party!' Nowhere does this festive spirit collide with the jet age more successfully than in this stunning nose cone ice bucket made of anodized aluminum. From 'More Drink-Related Foolishness' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage 'Hi-Snack Plates'--stackable plates with drink holder. 'The plates that hold both glass and snacks in one hand.' Shown stacked on top of their original box is how they look best. Individually they're not so great, especially abandoned, smeared with dip, and tipped over on your piano. From 'More Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Original vintage Jiffy Pop popcorn--one of the first foods to be marketed as fun. And it was! 'Pops Right In Package--No Muss... No Fuss.' From Mennen Food Products, Inc. La Porte, Indiana, 1959. from 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections American Airlines luggage label from 'Luggage Labels, Airlines' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections The single use camera isn't a '70s invention. The Photo-Pac 'Snap and Mail' Camera is from 1949. It calls itself 'The Most Convenient Way To Take Snapshots.' Further details are given on the package, and I quote: '8 Exposures, Printed 3-1/4 inches x 4-1/2 inches and mailed to you. Photo-Pac Camera Mfg. Company, Dallas 6, Texas.' From 'Nothing New Under the Sun' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections In 1979, in the earliest days of the Sony Walkman, a 'walking feet' logo was designed with the phrase 'Walking Stereo with Hotline.' It was used on some early vinyl cases and, as a sticker, on even fewer early Walkmans before a permanent re-design eliminated the quirky lettering with the 'feet.' From 'The Sony Walkman' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Beautiful, vintage mid-century-modern dinner plate 'Ballerina Mist.' It says underneath: Universal, Oven-Proof, Union Made in U.S.A. It's 10 inches in diameter. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Mid-century candy dish/ashtray/whatever by Sascha Brastoff in Los Angeles, California. It's about 9-1/2 inches long. From 'On the Table, More!' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Beautiful Tricorne plate by Salem, on which is perched the matching cup, Streamline by Salem. About 9 inches across at the widest point. From 'On the Table' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Morton Salt Tablets says 'Use 4 to 6 times daily as needed.' We now know most Americans get way too much salt in their diets than is healthy for them, yet here is Morton pushing salt tablets 'for heat relief.' There is a rule of thumb in business that says 'Whatever we make, you need. And you need more of it than you are presently consuming. Get with it!' From 'Collecting the Wacky' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections
Hayes Safety Posters for school classrooms. 'Exercise and Fresh Air.' Published by Hayes School Publishing Co., Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, 1961. From 'More of the Way Things Were' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Package Design was a much more vibrant art in days gone by. Even mundane products like these vintage boxed shoe heels for shoe repair got expert treatment, even though they were intended for the shoe repair trade and were rarely if ever seen by the public. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage package design of exceptional quality for Prell shampoo, Proctor & Gamble, 1960-era. No amount of typography tricks like shadows, shading, or 3-D effects so evident on other packaging has ever improved on, or substituted for, simply good design. This box design is honest, and by implication has an honest product inside. From 'More Bathroom Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/bathroom-2.htm Vintage package design of exceptional quality for Crest toothpaste, Proctor & Gamble, 1960-era. No amount of typographic tricks like shadows, shading, or 3-D effects so evident on other packaging has ever improved on, or substituted for, simply good design. This box design is honest, and by implication has an honest product inside. From 'More Bathroom Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/bathroom-2.htm Mid-Century-Modern vintage mosaic tile for that modern look! From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Eldon 'Racing Sloop' model sailboat. 'It really sails!' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Nestle's Crunch chocolate bar (manufactured by Peter Cailler Kohler Swiss Chocolates Co., Inc., N.Y., USA, c. 1940). From 'The Box It Came In' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Capn Billy's Whiz Bang, April 1922. Until I found this copy I only knew of this 'magazine' from a reference in the play/movie 'The Music Man' and I thought the playwright had just made it up! Collecting is a great teacher. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage birthday card: 'It's Your Birthday, I Can Dig It'--one of the first greeting cards I ever saw featuring an African-American woman that wasn't wearing an apron. Fabulous! And those '70s clothes! From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections How's this for a Jello flavor?: Mixed Vegatable! From vintage 'Kitchen Collectibles' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Blessing wind-up alarm clock from West Germany, c.1960. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Was there 'retro' in the past? You bet! Nostalgia isn't a recent phenomenom. This Western Electric 202 telephone from 1955 was originally from the 1930s. Western Electric reissued it in 1955, appealing to folks then longing for the 'good old days' of the 1930s. Originally black, Western Electric dolled up the phone and named it the 'Imperial.' From 'Collecting: A Rationale' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Minit Chef Automatic Pancaker makes 18 4-inch pancakes. Eliminates ladling or pouring. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage late-1940s pin 'Remember Pearl Harbor' by Lampl is inscribed 'for aid to the Honolulu Community Chest.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Lucerne wristwatch. Stylish! From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections A speaker from a drive-in movie made of plastic? Seems odd, but what else could it be? By RCA, Radio Corporation of America, and made of IMPAC plastic. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage 1960s tiny electric guitar someone has, along the way, named 'Leroy.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage 'Supertherm' Vacucel insulated cooler for camping and picnics. By Poloron Products, New Rochelle, New York. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Atomic Bomb Game from A. C. Gilbert Co. (USA), circa 1950. A real eyebrow-raiser. The point is to move it around until the little weighted 'bombs' rest in their intended targets, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Is it outrageous that this was considered suitable for a children's toy? Before you get too outraged, consider the mayhem being done to other human beings daily in current video games. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections CB (Citizen's Band) bumper stickers from the height of the CB craze in the 1970s. Centennia Products Co. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Heathkit Jr. walkie talkie, made of the thinnest plastic I've seen on a product since shrink wrap. It was sold as a kit (USA, 1962). From 'Walkie Talkies' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections This amazing design is a vintage Remco Space Commander walkie talkie (1950s, USA). Called a 'walkie talkie' by Remco, actually this is a 'string phone'-- essentially the old tin can telephone where the voice is carried between sender and receiver along a taut string. From 'Walkie Talkies' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage sheet music is a popular collectible, often for the wonderful cover art as much as the music inside. This song sheet is 'Sugar' by Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Frank Crum, and 'Red' Nichols. Featured by Sophie Tucker. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Life With Archie, January 1963, finds Archie the defendant in a 'gripping courtroom drama.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections There were just 5 Big Boy restaurants in the world when this menu was made. Bob Wian created the Big Boy double-deck hamburger at his first location in Glendale, California. He built several other locations in Southern California, then sold franchises across America including Elias Brothers, Shoneys, Kips, etc. On this menu, copyright 1938, the Big Boy Hamburger was 35 cents! From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Coca-Cola menu board from a hamburger stand or diner, circa 1959. I'll have that B.B.Q. plate please, and a cherry Coke. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Minute Maid Concentrated Orange Juice in steel can. 'For Large Family Use, Contents 12 fl. oz.' The can advises, 'Store in Ice Cube Unit of refrigerator until ready for use. Good for babies--good for you. Can equals juice of about two dozen oaverage oranges.' Minute Maid Corp, New York. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage 'TapaCan' of Pabst Export Beer is still full! It says it's 'Keglined,' whatever that means, and has instructions on the side for opening the can. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections 'Say Pepsi Please' vintage Pepsi Cola clock. A beautiful design, the clock face is lit from behind. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Polaroid Land Camera Model 80A. Collecting cameras can be exhausting! There were literally thousands of models made, and more than a few 'Polaroids.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Distinctive vintage can of Super Kem-Tone house paint. Distributed by Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland, Acme Paint and Rogers Paint in Detroit, Lowe Brothers in Dayton, Martin-Senour in Chicago, W. W. Lawrence in Pittsburgh, and J. Lucas & Co., Philadelphia. Even stranger things than this can be seen at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage striped pants! The crazy yellow Atkinsons Lido Boat Pants (California, USA) are fine, thin cotton and the white striped cotton/poly pants are from Farah (USA). From 'Vintage Clothes' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections WXYZ Detroit Sound Survey, April 18, 1966. Rock radio top forty music guide, radio list. From 'Music Guides / Lists / Top 40 Radio' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections 'Magical Television: Moisten a scene of television lightly, and a funny picture will come out in it.' Made in Japan, c. 1950. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Beautiful vintage gift box, circa 1950, from Bullock's Department Store, Los Angeles, California. Packaging from 'The Box It Came In' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Does she or doesn't she WHAT?, pray tell...? Deceptograph Transistor Lie Detector TK-611 'psycho galvanic reflex tester' (Takeikiki Co., Ltd., Japan, c.1960). From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Testors Pla model paints. Let's build something! 'PLA Decorative Enamels' (USA, c.1955). See 'The Box It Came In' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage 1950s transistor radio in an unusual color. With original box. This Crown TR-820 was distributed by Shriro Corp. The hang tag says it is made with RCA transistors--interesting to think that some Japanese transistor radios had American transistors in them. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Vintage Transogram Little Country Doctor set with 3-Way X-Ray Red-Ray Scope and scads of other doctor stuff! A wonderfully detailed toy from 1950. 'Nurse! Bring me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Stat!' From 'More Toys' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/toys-more.htm Vintage drink coasters like little records! Packaged in an 'album' like 78s. Inscribed 'American Federation of Musicians 50th Anniversary, Local 379, Easton, PA.' The cover says 'Hi-Fi Coaster Album' and inside it says: 'These eight little records.... so shiny and gay.... will safeguard your tables.... when guests come your way.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections Feel like a queen in your kitchen with Frigidaire Appliances--the MOST FEMININE appliances in the world! This 1959 brochure showed a full range of appliances with the promise: 'each one designed to make YOU feel like a queen while keeping HIS budget in mind!' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections

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