A little late but here’s my Anzac Day offering…
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile,
While you’ve a Lucifer to light your fag,
Smile, boys, that’s the style.
What’s the use of worrying?
It never was worth while, so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile.
World War 1 marching song,
Felix & George Henry Powell 1915
To our Champions. Lest we forget.
But seriously, we can’t imagine, can we?
And then, remember. Don’t Smoke kids.
Vintage Pez dispensers diligently collected by Katy.
The large Darth Vader display model complete with lights and sound, sold on the day it hit the shelves. Darth always prevails.
Still a lot of other super cute characters remain and are ready for a new life on or off the shelf. Candy refills [non vintage] available in most supermarkets.
Who’s your hero? Mine’s Kermit. I think I already pocketed him, before I snapped this pic.
$6 each plus plus post. Just pop me an email and you’ll be sweet as.
And dispensing another Pez favourite.
Classic Seinfeld: The Pez .
Time to bring out the big guns or at least something out of the box, still in the box.
I stumbled on these little ducks at a crazy collector’s Garage sale, I won’t say for how much but I did get them pretty cheap cheap considering.
Sceptical, thinking they must be replicas, but then what the hell? You never see them anymore, do you? Except the 3 ceramic wall birds I have of my Mums somewhere, broken wings included, which I have neither hung nor sold. Why not hang? Dunno, lazy, can’t commit on a spot, scared of how retro they are. All of the above.
Anyway…so when I got home, inspecting my treasures more carefully once the hazy shopping blinkers where off, I looked for the barcode on the box . None. Hmm. How long has it been since the introduction of barcodes?
According to our trusty wikipedia and other lessor known more dubious urls the barcode started with a packet of Wrigley Gum in 1974. So these birds are definitely vintage. Common criteria is 20 years old +.
AND when you read the packaging it’s kind of confirmed right? How long since we used the term Whimsy to market a product? [Shabby Chic’s Rachel Ashwell excluded] No wiki info on that one but I’m guessing the 50’s or 60s? Rolling with the hunches.
There’s no markings on them, the truly collectable/collectible [? never know which word is right] ducks were first produced in 1938 in Longton, England by JW Beswick. The company flew high and prospered, and Beswick ducks were on everyone’s walls in the 1950s and 1960s. They fell from favour as trends do and the ducks stopped coming in 1973.
There’s been many copies since, most recently from China and most commonly a grouping of just three ducks. If you have five, you are ahead of the game, says Ainslie Paton
Discovered another species of wall birds when I spotted a gorgeous set of 3 blue swallows while treasure hunting in Kiama NSW. For $50 I so quickly thought I HAVE to have them, a closer squint with my damn-you-ahem-forty -something eyes, had me just as quickly putting them back up on the wall. Actually, missed a zero. $500!
They had the original stickers. What you need apparently.
Turns out the ones I have from our family home, are the same brand, Lyndale [modelled by J Moss] How about that? They may get a chance to fly again after all.
Meanwhile this gorgeous box of ducks is up for grabs. I can’t decide how old they are, definitely vintage but most likely not Beswick, I finally got the courage to open the package and unstick one from the cardboard, probably a collector no no, but I did need to know know. You know?
No. No markings, though some Beswick escaped the stamping and marking. But you would think if they did come in a box it would have had the company logo? Bueller? And on another look, the wording “New delightful & wall decor” is that a poor translation? From Japan? China? Who knows? The china is quite fine and beautifully hand painted but again, only 3 [Beswick were most commonly a set of 5] but considering the new replicas are selling for $85 AU + and not nearly as nice, I would have to say at $180 they are fair game. The colours [purples and aquas are actually nicer than the browny green Mallard if you ask me]
And if there’s any expert wall bird watchers/ collectors out there this hack would welcome your advice. It’s open season. Tally ho. What what.
School summer holidays are over, and as usual I’m a bit behind the times, but that’s ok, late is the new early, said no one ever…
Nodding already? Or possibly groaning…
Whatever, moving on
here’s are a few items from my new Old School catalogue.
old school? old skool?
if you believe the Urban Dictionary
old skool originated from old is kool >> old’s kool =old skool
Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything really.
whichever way you label it, it’s old cool stuff
too cool for school…
How about old school manners? What’s still relevant?
Please and thank you and other polite words and phrases = always cool.
[unlike the ‘Ettiquette Expert’ Debbie Mayne I have no problem with no problem. Do you?]
Children should be seen and not heard? Not so much. [Although after 6 long weeks, the silence is golden]
Still buzzing from my guest post on www.interiorsaddict.com. Jen does an amazing job/blog, it’s a stayer, and gone from strength.
Unlike some of us [pfft my last blog entry was in September]…
Check it out if you haven’t already.
The case for shopping local in our online world
Throwing in a few extra shots. This is my new shop. Urban Rustic. 1/371 Barrenjoey Rd Newport Beach Australia
If you’re in the area I’d love for you to drop in. UR welcome.
On the eve of an international family trip of a lifetime #yay I’m at work, thinking globally
in the meantime I can browse the wide world on my desktop,
old skool style
or enjoy this super cute vintage Fisher Price airport I bought to distract the little people from my art glass, turns out it really moves the grown ups. Memories are priceless [aren’t they?] and linger long after the jet lag. Thank goodness.
See ya round.
I can’t work out why people throw out odd numbers.
It’s like, Oh no, now we don’t have a complete set the rest are cursed. The even police might look in my cupboards and see we are a little odd. Get rid of it, stat.
So what is it with odd numbers? Why are they considered dodgy?
A survey done by Alex Bello for The Guardian concludes it takes our brain longer to process odd numbers. Literally more thought provoking. Universally though, our favourite number is 7. Go figure.
The Power of 5 is big in Japan. Co-incidentally this mid-century Schmid Kreglinger espresso set is Japanese though the name sounds anything but.
Embrace your oddness people. Think of it as a set of 4 with a lucky spare.
In the meantime if it bothers your naturally human symmetrical tendencies, I’ll take one away till I find another.