Friday, May 31, 2013

Brides, Grooms and June Weddings

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
A silver sixpence in her shoe

This old good luck rhyme always comes to mind at this time of the year. Back in Victorian times everything had a "meaning" ... flowers, gems, calling cards and desserts. In this case, something old connects the bride to her family's past. Something new forecasts the bride's future happiness. Something borrowed conveys the hope of someone else's happiness being transferred to the newly married couple. Something blue represents purity. And in the last verse, usually forgotten, the sixpence represents financial security and future wealth. 
Old Marriage Certificate dated 1858
Well, here at Vintages we can help you with some of these. OLD we've got! Vintage jewelry with sparkling crystals, lustrous pearls, brilliant diamonds and fine gemstones, even solitaire rings and wedding bands. Old hankies to wipe those tears of joy. Bride and groom cake toppers from a bygone era.
Vintage Bride & Groom Wedding Cake Toppers
Sparkling Vintage Crystal Jewelry
Vintage Pearls ...
Estate Diamonds ...
Vintage Pearl Necklaces and Gold Chains
Vintage Rosaries and Prayer Books
We have a nice selection of NEW gifts and accessories for the couple's new home, frames and journals to help capture their memories and crafting supplies to help you make that "special something just for them."
Beautiful Hand Decorated Handbags and Clutch Purses
Limoges Porcelain Boxes from France
Home ... Nest ... Beautiful
Vintage Ribbons and Trim plus Crafting Treasures
Handcrafted Paper Wreath with Bird's Nest
Crafting Supplies for the DIYer
We cannot help with the borrowed, but definitely have some things in BLUE
Blue Flowers and Sequined Clutch Purse
Jewelry in Blue ... just right for the bride
And remember, we can wrap your gift and take care of shipping if needed.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hi! I'm Buster Brown. I live in a shoe....

Do you remember Buster Brown shoes? I do. I also remember watching the Buster Brown TV show ... Smilin' Ed's Gang and later Andy's Gang. The shoes were "special." Back in those days I went to Catholic school and the nun's required us to wear shoes ... I mean real shoes ... "oxfords" we called them. Mom bought us Buster Brown shoes 'cause they would last the whole year!

The advertising line for Buster Brown was:
Hi! I'm Buster Brown. I live in a shoe. 
That's my dog Tige. He lives in there too!

The Brown Shoe Company has been around for over 130 years. Today they also market Famous Footwear and Naturalizers, and they are a contract manufacturer for other shoe brands.  But they are most well-known for the Buster Brown line of shoes.

In 1902, cartoonist Richard Outcault introduced a new comic strip character, a mischievous little rich boy named Buster Brown and his dog Tige. Two years later, at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (famous for bringing the world hamburgers and ice cream cones) Outcault licensed the character to a number of companies, including the Brown Shoe Company. (Click here for a History of Buster Brown Shoes.)
Andy Devine and Froggie
By 1953 we had TV in Hawaii and I got to watch the "Buster Brown Show." My favorite was Froggie the Gremlin ... Plunk your magic twanger Froggie! Then there was the cat that could talk ... it said Niiice. The original show, which started in 1950, was hosted by Smilin' Ed. After Ed’s death in 1953, Andy Devine became the show's host. Watching the Buster Brown Show was a Saturday morning ritual for me. In 1956, Buster Brown Shoes became a pioneering sponsor of the “Captain Kangaroo Show."

All this came to mind when I saw this advertising piece in an auction. It is a tin display sign about 12 inches tall.  Wish I could bid on it, but it is estimated to sell between $900 and $1400!!! I don't want it that much, but Buster Brown memorabilia does get premium pricing in the collectors' market.

Here are a few images for your enjoyment.

Display piece with Buster Brown and his dog Tige

Postcard from 1907 advertising Buster Brown Shoes (Courtesy riptheskull on flickriver)

Buster Brown Comic Books were another piece of clever merchandising (Courtesy stwallskull)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Advertising circa 1900

I was doing some family history research in newspapers from Hawaii circa 1900 and found these ads. I thought these were kind of interesting ... so I thought I'd pass them along.
Congo Gnat Oil? (1902)

"Swell Hats" for the well-dressed Hawaiian Victorian lady (1900)

Cannot figure who is more the dandy ... the poodle or the gent? (1894)

Seems like you can still buy these in Hawaii today (1900)

Cheap Fashion ... 1900 style

Wine ... Vintage 1902 ... the finest tonic and invigorant!
FYI: I research old newspaper on a Library of Congress website: Chronicling America. It has digitized newspapers from 1836 to 1922, and a directory of newspapers as far back as 1670. Great research resource.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's Your Mom Love?

Remember Mothers' Day is Sunday May 12th. 
Vintages will be open on Sunday May 5th and 
Sunday May 12th for your convenience.

Say "I Love You Mom" with this little dish ($9.95 in its own box)
Every Mom is different. Every Mom is special. That's why we select a variety of gifts and special items for Moms. 

Gifts for the Crafty Mom
Vintages has a great selection of new and 
vintage crafting treasures, supplies and accessories
Solder Craft Kits and Accessories
Beautiful Decorative and Craft Papers (from $3.95 per sheet)
American Made Papers for Crafting, Decorating and Gift Wrapping
Vintage Millinery Flowers, Trims and Feathers
Beautiful Ribbons
Vintages has the finest ribbon selection
Vintage Ribbons, Lace and Trim
Specialty Ribbons
Gifts for Every Mom!
Handmade by Susan • Magnets, Paperweights and Jewelry
Inspirational Bookmarks (just $3.95 each)

Wax Seals and Accessories • Initials ($9.95) • Designs ($11.95)
Wall Plaques by Earl ($24.95 each)

Special Selections for Moms  
Who Love Beautiful Things
Gorgeous Hand Decorated Clutches and Handbags (from $175)
Beautiful Handmade Bowls and Vases (from $75)
Genuine French Limoges Porcelain Boxes (from $89)
 Every Mom Loves Jewelry
We have a wide selection of 
hand crafted and vintage jewelry
Vintage Jewelry from Legendary Designers
Bangles in Bakelite, Silver and Beads
This is a Beautiful Antique Diamond, Gold and Carved Rock Crystal Brooch ($695 one only)
Cameos Never Go Out of Style
     Gifts for Moms Who Collect

Vintage Perfume Bottles, Bathing Beauties, Fans and Compacts
Pincushion Dolls and Sewing Collectibles
Old Journals, Letters, Documents, Photos and Advertising

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