Welcome to That's My Era. Vintage collectibles for nostalgia enthusiasts of almost every time period. Everyone has their own "era," right? Pretty sure you'll find yours here!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm ready for my close up, Mr DeMille...

Continuing from my last post, here are our fresh picks a little closer up and personal AND we've added a radio to the mix as well...

First up, the aforementioned radio, who's a cherry, tartan-grilled original beauty:

I reckon this gal dates around 1955. In fact, her model number of 66-56 could also indicate her exact birth date as 1956, though that's not always the most reliable dating method. Recent example is the RCA Victor model BX-9-56, seen here:

This radio is from 1949 but has a 56 in the model number, at the end. Can be deceiving! Incidentally, the above radio sold and has since gone to live in California. *sigh* ... Wish I could've joined her!

And now for a closer a look at the other two pieces up for sale this weekend in our Etsy shop:

Carsten's West German vase:

And last but certainly not least, the D.P. Delft Holland creamer:

More details on these fresh picks to come. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mid-week sneak peek

Coming soon to our Etsy shop, a few fresh picks.

First up, this circa 1960s/70s West German-made Carsten vase in earth tones. Marked 6014-20 on the bottom and has even magically retained its original Carsten gold foil sticker!

This Delft blue creamer, circa I'm not sure what. Frankly this little guy makes me want to cry. Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows I'm wild about windmills. Hey, what can I say, this little creamer reminds me of the old country, okay? (never you mind that I've only been to the "old country" once. When I was 7. During the great heatwave of 1976. Irrelevant!)

Last but not least, and not pictured here, one mid-century modern "tiki"-style lamp. She's a beauty but is currently being polished up by our expert polishers here at That's My Era (read: me).

So, stay tuned, cool cats. And be sure to visit the shop this weekend!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Vintage Radio App Alert!

Trusty vintage radio lovers of the world,

I write you on this sunny Saturday with exciting news... The other eve I discovered a life-changing app. I know, "life-changing" sounds like a load of hooey but in this case, it's not ... it's actually TRUE!

Here's why:

I downloaded this app on Wednesday eve of this week. And on Thursday and Friday of this week I was actually smiling on my commute to work.

Smiling on my miserable commute to work?! What?! If that ain't life-changing then I don't know what is.

Here's what I'm talking about:


Here are a couple of screen shots:

You can select old time radio shows from any genre and the best part is the idle mode screensaver. It features a slide show of some stunning classic radios that have been flawlessly photographed. So, while you're listening to Dragnet or The Green Hornet you can feast your eyes on radios in their many beauteous shapes and forms: catalin, bakelite, plaskon, wood and plastic.

Seriously, did they make this app with me in mind or what? And hey, isn't a great app just that? It feels like it was made just for you!

Thanks, Steve Jobs. This has made me feel that much less irritated by your trademark black turtleneck...

Jazz playin' GALS from 1946!

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Living the "era"...

I'm curious. Is it just me who does this or are there other freaks like me out there... ?

Here's what I'm talking about:

Back in 2003, when I started getting into my "era" (all things '40's and '50's), I really wanted to "live the era." First rule of thumb for me was 1) everything I own must actually be from that era. I vehemently scorned anything even vaguely replicated. Replicas = bad. I still feel that way.

But I went further back in the day. For example, I would use my early '40's Ericsson phone, the one with the spit cup mouth piece, as an actual phone. I would use my 1949 chocolate bakelite Silvertone clock radio as my actual clock radio.

Most of all, I refused to get a cellphone. During the great black out in the summer of 2003 (arrr, do ye remember that, kids?) I bragged to my friends and co-workers about how I had working phone because I stiil had a landline and my Ericsson phone worked whereas my neighbour's "modern" touch tone phone did not. I also had this German transistor radio circa the late '50's/early '60's and so I was able to listen to the news on it in my candlelit apartment that summer.


Moral of the story? Living the "era" is not only fun but also practical during emergency situations!

Today, while I still own that Ericsson phone with the spit cup mouthpiece, I also own a iPhone and that's what I use as a phone and that's what I use an alarm clock. I don't have a landline anymore.

How do you live your "era?" And, most importantly, what's your "era" and how do you live it?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

... though in this case I am finding nothing sweet about it.

So, in the spirit of practicing 'non-attachment' given how much I like the 'things' in my life, I just listed this pale pink, mid-century modern clock radio. Even harder is the fact that she's in perfect working order. In fact, true confession, I was using this gal as my daily player for awhile. Yes, this is what was getting me up for work every morning for a few months there... I think I've mentioned before that I live, breathe and sleep vintage, right?

Go to our Etsy shop for all the details on this beauty!

Another sorrowful parting involves these mid-century flying geese bookends. These geese are full of details and life. In excellent vintage condition, be sure to check out our shop for all the details on this cute pair.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Continued sneak peek...

As per yesterday's 'sneak peek' just wanted to post pictures of that dress I mentioned yesterday.

After sitting through some intensive photo shooting today it struck me that this is actually very much a Doris Day dress - go figure! This is some Doris in 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies' dress. It's got that half jumpsuit, half dress look about it that was popular in the '60's. White background, black and turquoise flowers prevail. All on a very soft and hearty, fresh-feeling cotton.

Without further adieu!

A patent leather 'snake skin' style belt with gold buckle finishes this piece off. Visit our store this weekend to check out the rest of the details but I will tell you one more amazing thing about this dress: POCKETS! It boasts two pockets at the waist and two breast pockets. I cannot applaud this enough! Just the other day I was lamenting to my co-worker the fact that women's clothing is usually short on pockets. What, women don't need pockets?! C'mon! 'Course they do!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's sneak peek...

For some reason, any pictures that I've tried to load here are coming out upside-down which is kind of ironic because it's been that kind of a week for me.

So, this Friday's sneak peek is brought to you via our Twitter account!

Coming to our shop this weekend, the above: unusual depression/carnival glass breakfast set in purple. Better pictures to follow in our shop. This pair dazzles with a mother-of-pearl iridescent effect.

Be sure to check out our shop this weekend for a few new finds, including a super unique button up maxi dress in black and blue, circa the 70's. More irony here, folks... my parents would be so happy to know that I'm finally buying dresses!