Saturday, July 25, 2009


Today, I'm highlighting something that every vintage guy should have... A Soda Syphon.
Mind you you don't need this one, but a real soda syphon is a must if you're hosting a party and need to make scotch and soda... hence the soda!
This one is actually my dream syphon, a 1930's Norman Bel Geddes Chrome one with a red top. I've seen these in black, blue, yellow, green and red.
This one must take a special cartridge as I can't get my normal ones to work in it. So I've bought newer syphons and I've gotten them to work. All my syphons make excellent soda that I can use with cocktail or syrups to make soda pops!
Find one, use it and enjoy!


Today since it's been so hot, I'll show another one of my fedoras.

This one is my first Panama.

It's made by Cavanagh and the fibers in it are just amazing. It's super soft and flexible.

Thick leather sweatband and it came with the original box, and two detachable ribbons to match which ever outfit you were wearing that day.

For summer, a Panama Fedora is a must.. it keeps you cool, keeps out the sun and makes you look like a million!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Today is my WWII Garrison shoes. (Yes they're boots)

These are not original as I can't find my size or boots I can afford.

These are really well done reproductions even down to the U.S. Army on the sole.

They are very, very comfortable to walk in (with an insert)

The only thing is the heel leather could have been stretched a little better, but I can't complain.

I love the vintage look of these and the comfort. That big cap toe is my favorite...

If you find these... buy em'!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Today I'm highlighting a cool item I have but have not used... yet.
I found this at a thrift store a few years ago. It also came with the original leather case.

This model is probably from the 1940's. Graflex bought them out in the 1950's

light rust is common on these cameras. They are workhorses and once I finally get around to cleaning it up a tad, it should take great photos. The shutter works fine. It's just a little rough.

This is a camera you want to take on a stroll through the city and take your time on a photo as the film is not cheap. But the thrill of the photo should well pay for the film.
It's a great looking piece of american history (as this was an American Made 6x6). It might not be as fine a German made 6x6, but I can afford this one! So put your digital down and pick up a vintage camera and see what you're missing!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Today I thought I'd highlight a big item I own.

A 1954 O'Keefe & Merritt Low Back Stove. This a 40" stove with one oven, grillovator and four burners and a center grill.

When I bought this stove it was sitting in a North Hollywood garage. It was full of cobwebs but in good condition. I had it totally restored and re-enameled Cobalt Blue, and Re-Chromed.

I think it's absolutely fabulous. It cooks like nothing out there, it built like a tank and will last my life time. This was the first year for a florescent light. The 53 model was still light bulbs.

O'Keefe was manufactured in Los Angeles to order. If a house wife wanted two ovens, or two glass door or what ever she wanted, they would make. They made all sorts of models.

It would be nice if you could custom order your stove the way you wanted today.

If you're in an area that you can find one, pick one up and restore it. You'll be glad you did, because as they say, "They don't make em' like this anymore."

Monday, July 20, 2009


First thank you to everyone who clicked on the ads on my site as it helps me keep this blog going...

And now the mother of all work boots... The Alden 405!

Yes, you might have seen this boot on the big screen four times during the last 30 years, as this is also called the, (wait for it) INDY BOOT. Yes, Indiana Jones wore this model Alden stealing ancient treasures and saving Steven Spielberg's wife. Now I didn't buy them because Indy wore them... I bought them because well they're good looking, well built boots!

I've had these boots for about 2 years now and I really love them. You can wear them with khakis or with jeans to the office or hiking.

If you only own one boot, and I don't, but if I did, I would own these boots!

Get a pair and you'll be thanking me every year of service they give you and so will your feet.


Today I'm posting photos of my 1936 Western Electric 202 Telephone.

I love old phones and to me, this is THE desk phone. Every hollywood movie from the 30's and 40's had this phone.

I found mine in a thrift store a few years ago and then later bought the ringer box to go with it.

The phone works fine except for dialing as someone at sometime replaced the dial with a different dialer...? I'm on the hunt for a western electric dial that will work with mine.

I love the weight and solid-ness of the phone. If you don't own an older dial phone, then you should pick on up. The 500 series are fairly easy to find and affordable. 202 are hard to find and are not cheap, but if you do see one... get it!