Monday, December 12, 2011
well, here's something you don't see everyday- a set of seven maps on a single, spring-loaded roller, circa 1934. made by the webb costello co., chicago heights, each full-color, canvas-backed lithographed map can be rolled down and viewed one at a time by way of the technologically magical "multiple map holder" system. (this revolutionary patent was issued to W. B. Wilson in 1927. there's a small brass tag on the wooden mounting frame listing the patent number. a cool detail that makes this thing even cooler.) maps contained on this roller are: africa, south america, north america, asia, united states, europe and the world. there is some light water damage at the base of each map, but as it unrolls, the condition rapidly improves, revealing full-color maps in incredible detail. dimensions are 57" x 46". someone is going to be real real happy to have this beaut hanging in their home. right now that person is me and i'm happy as heck.
inbox- a box or tray (as on a desk) for holding incoming interoffice mail.
tray- an open receptacle with a flat bottom and a low rim for holding, carrying, or exhibiting articles.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
if you're looking for a little bit of regional cartographic history from 1940, then look no further. this is a gem of a map that deserves to be prominently displayed and appreciated for its beauty and wealth of information. not only does it display the states of washington, oregon, montana and idaho in stunningly vivid color and detail, it gives you the head's up on natural vegetation, annual rainfall and population distribution. these canvas-backed roll-down maps are a dying breed- they once hung proudly for generations in schoolrooms across the country, but are now only found stashed away in attics, boiler rooms, closets, and in this case, an old barn about an hour north of seattle. dimensions are 55"h x 44"w.
here's a gorgeous robin's-egg-teal-blue prize just for you. or, for your loved one who deserves a special mid-century treat. it's right out of 1965, built in spain and has all the markers of the era- streamlined forms, slick aluminum and stainless machined parts, typeface that screams "i'm from the 60's" and a perfect 1960's color. the great american playwright, tennessee williams, granted the studio 44 the ultimate compliment in naming it his favorite typing machine. it's a real workhorse and was known for both its style and production capabilities. it'll type the heck out of whatever needs typing. comes with original locking case and owner's manual.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Dru Holland set the standard for cast iron cookware, believe you me. Dru's iconic blue tulip pieces were found in all the best mid-century kitchens, and were even spotted in the recent Julia Child movie "Julia," starring Meryl Streep. seattle junk love is offering you a 5-piece set containing a #12 saucepan and two baking dishes- a #25 and a #20, both with their proper lids. the pans are nearly perfect, with just some very minor surface marks on the white enamel, and the only chips to be found are on the lids. you'll be the envy of all your friends when you show up to the next potluck sporting your Dru ware. this stuff is genius- the pan goes from stovetop to the oven in 2 seconds flat, cleans with ease and makes cooking even the most mundane things a retro dream. perfect for your vintage kitchen, or anyone, really, who loves to cook with cast iron.
Friday, September 23, 2011
how many times have you wished you had a bad-ass, industrial-age fan in your life, but were too afraid of losing a finger, your cat's paw, your nephew's entire arm, or whatever else might get in the way of the blades' crossfire?! well, your days of living in fear are over thanks to seattle junk love and this super-cool SUPER AIR vintage fan. as you can see, it's outfitted with a wire mesh cage to prevent accidents of any sort. the cast iron base assures that the fan isn't going anywhere very easily, and there are some interesting remnants of labels/markings on the frame. the righteous SUPER AIR red lightning bolt logo stands proud, and there's even a wingnut that loosens to allow the fan to rotate up and down, allowing you to direct the breeze right where you need it most. the electrical cord is in good working condition, but you can certainly rewire it if you feel the need. this thing has had a hard-working life and is now ready to go to work for you. 12" in diameter and 14" high
i picked up this shoulder mount buck from an old fella at a small-town flea market in the shadow mount rainier. he said he shot this big ol' 10-point buck when he was a young man and has had it mounted in his family's cabin ever since. apparently, he's added so much taxidermy to that cabin in the intervening years that the walls are so full there's no place to put the new additions. at any rate, this buck is all set to move on to a life in the city- maybe a bar, restaurant or living room? doesn't matter much to him where he goes next, i don't suppose, but it would be nice to know he's moving on to a good home. his antlers are all intact, as is all the fur (it's surprisingly soft. not to be weird), with the only cosmetic issue being a crack in one of his glass eyes. sad, but again, i don't think he cares too much. have a heart and find a nice spot in your home for this regal beast. he's a real looker.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
calling all novel writers, hipsters, vintage typewriter collectors and anyone who loves these sorts of people!! have a got a find for YOU- it's a genuine GREEN Remington Portable 5 typewriter from the mid 1930's. say goodbye to the days of clacking away on your dull black model, and be inspired by this lovely green gem. the keys all operate flawlessly, as do all the knobs, levers and bells, and there's even some life left in the old ribbon. (new ribbon included in the purchase) you don't have to be a real-live novelist to appreciate the value of this thing, as it has hundreds of uses for the common (wo)man. for example, you could charm your sweetie with a love letter, write a strongly worded missive to your landlord, fire off a memo to your subordinates, or create vintage looking labels for your hand-crafted, home-canned fruits and vegetables. or, simply place it on a shelf and admire its 1930's style and beauty.
looking for a sunny boost in your otherwise dreary mornings? if so, these stoneware mugs will provide all the mushroom-inspired love you'll need to power through til lunch time. or, til your next coffee break. right outta your mom's (or great aunt helen's) kitchen, they're sure to transport you back in time to a simpler era where there's no need to call out an embarrassing drink order to the barista- just pour some black coffee into your mushroom mug and get on with your day. simple as that. set of 4 hand-glazed stoneware mugs in pristine condition for $28.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
of all the wooden stools in the land, this gorgeous old one might be my favorite. well, for the moment anyway until i find my next favorite. here are some reasons why it currently sits atop my list: it's beefy. the seat is nearly 2 inches thick and looks like it was sliced right out of an old stump. it's beat up. yet its integrity is maintained in every way. it's interesting. it has a unique wire bracing system that adds a bit of industrial grit to its worn, wooden physique. it's old. it has a long and varied work history we'll never know but you can imagine what all its seen and done. it was found in the basement of a gorgeous mid-century home on the west side of town but clearly traces its origins to a much earlier time. and i like earlier times. 14" tall, legs span 16", and seat diameter is 14".
freshly salvaged from a rural farm in the northwestern part of our great state, this sweet, vintage McCoy pottery cookie jar is ready to move on to a new home. maybe yours?? he's stamped on the bottom with all the original McCoy pottery markings, has a full-feathered, wide-eyed gaze and maintains all of his lustrous glaze. why would you have a plain ol' cookie jar in your kitchen when you can have this darling instead? measures 10" tall 8" wide.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
do you ever come across something so perfectly, gorgeously worn, something that gives a loud holler to a life well-lived? and you just have to somehow find a way to own it? well, that's sort of how i felt when i saw this stool sitting in the corner of a basement in Portland, OR. this relic comes to you straight from the estate of a commissioned medical officer in the US Army who served into the 1950's and had a home filled with fascinating objects from his time in the service. it's completely cast iron, with its original paint job slowly chipping away. (the blue reflection on the edge of the seat is a reflection of the sunny blue skies we're experiencing today. there's no blue actually on the stool.) the stool seat spins up and down, and the 4 rungs are ready to hold your feet comfortably for as long as you need to sit down. i hope somebody i know buys this stool so that i can continue to gaze at it every now and then.
This Burroughs office chair has an interesting, nerdy story to tell but it's hard to say exactly what it is. In 1886, the American Arithmometer Company was established in St. Louis by William Seward Burroughs. In 1904, it changed its name to Burroughs Adding Machine Company and moved operations to Detroit. Fast forward to 1953 when the company changed its name again to Burroughs Company. (to reflect its entry into the sophisticated computer industry) So then, based on the company's history and the original label still affixed to the back of this chair that reads "Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit Michigan, Made in U.S.A." we're safe to assume this chair likely dates to the 1940's or early 50's. With that being said, it's a vintage office chair to behold- rare in its lively red color, and rarer still that it's from the Burroughs plant. You'll be hard-pressed to find another office chair in its original state that's similarly fantastic with only some scratched paint on the metal frame and a few scuffs on the vinyl to give away its age. I've attached an archive photo of a Burroughs graphic designer sitting on what looks to be the same type of chair- he has some sort of slipcover over the back and seat, though, in order to preserve his beaut for future vintage furniture collectors to appreciate in the coming century. I found this red gem on a gorgeous stretch of highway near Salem, OR. Give it a new and interesting life in your home or office. I bet he'll appreciate your fancy computer.