Saturday, August 8, 2009

SMOKING STAND

Here's an item that I really don't use, but had to have. A vintage Smoking Stand.


These were pretty common in most households as pretty much everyone smoked in the 30-60's. This one is typical of the era. Chrome metal with a table with a ashtrays, a lighter and a cigarette holder.

Many of them had a light feature in them. This one is at the bottom and is actually plastic that looks like marbled glass. The non-lighted area above it is glass. In a dark room the light is very comforting, like a place you've always known.

I disconnected the lighter portion which really was just another plug for the wall! It worked just like a cigar lighter in your car. The metal top has seen better days, but I still really like it.

This one has two ashtrays that swivel so your ashes fall into a box underneath, a cigarette holder that probably holds 100 or so and the lighter.

that's where you put your cigarettes.

and a close up of the glass marble lighter. Not a must for the Vintage guy, but definitely a piece that says, you are a Vintage Gear Guy!

Friday, August 7, 2009

ZENITH 12 TUBE FLOOR RADIO

As I've said, I've got a thing for old radios.. This is my Holly Grail, a 1938 12 Tube Zenith.
All original. I actually got this radio free because the owner said it didn't work and was storing it in a warehouse where I was working. I fell in love with it and he said I can take it home.

I took out all the tubes and cleaned them put them back and it worked! This Zenith has a feature where there are actually 3 dial that you can see, one for broadcast, Foreign, and Police Band.
Check out that real wood dial with a "Z"... when you bought a Zenith, you bought quality!

They also have all the major radio stations printed on the dial... current as of 1937.
If you can find one, pick it up by all means. They're easy to fix and look great in any corner!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

DESK FAN VINTAGE

Since it's been so hot lately.. Why not highlight something cool... Here's my little Zero desk fan. This cute little fan is when they still made stuff out of metal... Remember that? No plastic on this one... Still had holes big enough to put your fingers in too! Ah, good times... This one is too small to cut them off though... Vintage fans are perfect items as they look awesome and serve a very useful purpose. They usually run forever and with these you can talk into them and sound like Darth Vader!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DESK FAN

Since it's been so hot lately.. Why not highlight something cool...
Here's my little Zero desk fan.

This cute little fan is when they still made stuff out of metal... Remember that? No plastic on this one...

Still had holes big enough to put your fingers in too! Ah, good times... This one is too small to cut them off though...

Vintage fans are perfect items as they look awesome and serve a very useful purpose. They usually run forever and with these you can talk into them and sound like Darth Vader!

FORD BRONCO 1970

Every guy needs a cool car... mine happens to be a truck. This is my 1970 Bronco Sport. Basically all original. 3 on the tree, 4x4 and a 302 V8 under the hood... How many V8 4x4 convertibles are out there? I have the original owners manual and window sticker and receipts since new up till it was garaged in the mid 90's. I love this truck. I love the way it looks, the way it drives, smells and the fact that there aren't many of them on the road. I've added a few safety features, like disc brakes in the front, power steering and a family roll cage and seat belts. Love that detail... the original owner took it on an adventure when she bought it new....

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

GENERAL ELECTRIC ALARM CLOCK RADIO 515

One thing I have a passion for is vintage radios... I don't have a lot of them, but I sure do love them. This one was a gift from my lovely wife... A 1950's General Electric 515 Alarm Clock Radio. Works great with very little cap buzz (hiss from the caps going bad) check out that clock! Reminds me a the GE Kitchen Clock if you've seen it. Marbled maroon plastic frame. Bakelite was the models before... If you don't have a small vintage radio, pick one up. They're super cool and besides, they actually work so you can listen to your favorite AM, or discover AM if you've never heard it before!

Monday, August 3, 2009

SHOE SHINE KIT

Well, if you own good shoes or boot, or not so good shoes and boots, you still need to give em' a shine from time to time.
This is my Shoe Shine Kit that I've put together over the years. You don't need a fancy box with the shoe holder on top, but I wouldn't mind one... just haven't found one yet.

You need shoe polishes, horsehair brushes and rags.

Here's what I have. Old and new. I have almost every color I need in there. Those Johnson and Murphy ones (silver) I picked up at a goodwill for $2.00 a piece. They're about 40 years newer then most of my polishes...

The brushes have all been picked up from local thrifts over the years. You really only need a dark one and light one. But I have four so far.

So if you don't have any, get some. You only need the color your shoes are for now. Pick up the other colors as you build up your collection. Your shoes will thank me.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

SHOE SHINE KIT

Well, if you own good shoes or boot, or not so good shoes and boots, you still need to give em' a shine from time to time.
This is my Shoe Shine Kit that I've put together over the years. You don't need a fancy box with the shoe holder on top, but I wouldn't mind one... just haven't found one yet.

You need shoe polishes, horsehair brushes and rags.

Here's what I have. Old and new. I have almost every color I need in there. Those Johnson and Murphy ones (silver) I picked up at a goodwill for $2.00 a piece. They're about 40 years newer then most of my polishes...

The brushes have all been picked up from local thrifts over the years. You really only need a dark one and light one. But I have four so far.

So if you don't have any, get some. You only need the color your shoes are for now. Pick up the other colors as you build up your collection. Your shoes will thank me.

HAT STRETCHER

If you wear a vintage fedora, you're going to need of these... A Hat Stretcher. This one happens to be a vintage wood Hat Stretcher. It works quite simply by putting it where your head would be in a hat and turning the middle handle which makes the two ends push out. You push it till it tight and let it sit for a few days and then push it out a little more. Some guys wet their hats when they do this. I don't. But be careful with old leather sweatbands. They will crack if you go too much... I wear a size 7 3/8 in most Fedora and this size 7 seems to work fine for any hats I have that are a tad too small... Plus, when you're not using it, it just looks cool and most people ask what it is....