We love vintage from everywhere. But there is something to be said for true American vintage classics. Things that have stood the test of time and are as treasured now as they were in their own time. The Vintage Unscripted team has searched our shops to celebrate our made in America vintage history. Part one celebrates A – M. Part two, N-Z. And there may be a few surprises along the way. After all, we are Vintage UNSCRIPTED!
A is for Anchor Hocking Company
Starting life as the Hocking Glass Company in Lancaster, OH in 1905. It became Anchor Hocking in 1937 when it merged with the Anchor Cap and Closure Company. Anchor Hocking made glass for every home, affordable, stylish and durable, meaning there are lots of vintage pieces out there to collect and use.
Featured: 1950s Anchor Hocking pineapple vase with sprayed on blue finish.
Baskets have been a staple of American life for centuries. Typically woven by hand, they were originally used for gathering, toting and as decorative pieces. Happily, good solid vintage baskets serve the same purpose in the 21st century.
Featured: Antique NY country store market basket, courtesy of “Charles & Co. Grocers and Fruiterers, New York”
Nothing more fun than collecting vintage souvenirs of all the places you’ve been and American country stores are a great source of advertising collectibles. Specialize by location, type of souvenir or a common theme and you’ll have a great travelogue to share with your guests.
Featured: Antique corn themed plate marked “Compliments of Heying & Scholl, General Merchandise, Salem SD”
D is for Drinks
“Save Time, Save America” – this set of paper coffee cups, called Nestcups, were made in the 1940s by the Sutherland Paper Company in Kalamazoo Michigan. They have a patented fold out set of handles that make holding a hot cup much easier.
The cups feature illustrations of navy ships and bomber airplanes, and was made especially for the military during World War II. Inside the rope and anchor illustration on one side of the cup it says “Save Time, Save America” and on the other side it says “Give ’em the Guns to Get Through”. A fun set of cups for your holiday celebrations!
Featured: Vintage American themed paper coffee cups. Set of 8. 1940’s
E is for Esterbrook Fountain Pen
This Camden, New Jersey Company started in the late 1850s and was the leading producer of steel pens (nibs) in the United States for many years. In the 1930s it started making plastic fountain pens and introduced the dollar pen in 1935. It was a well made, durable pen, affordable to almost everyone.
Esterbrook introduced the interchangeable screw in nib, another popular innovation at about the same time. The choice of colorful durable materials has earned a place for vintage Esterbrook pens with today’s fountain pen users and collectors.
Featured: Cobalt blue Esterbrook Dollar Fountain Pen
The Fenton Art Glass Company was founded in 1905 in Ohio and is world famous for its art glass. The example to your right is the hobnail pattern and was first introduced in the 1930’s.
Featured: Small milk glass dish with pie crust edge in the hobnail pattern. Marked Fenton
How a small printing company in Racine, WI grew to be the publishers of the iconic Little Golden Books is a great American success story. Through forming smart connections with other publishers and smartly seeing a need for inexpensive, sturdy books for kids in the 1940s, a lot of us have happy memories of The Pokey Little Puppy, and more.
Featured: The Golden Book Encyclopedia, lavishly, colorfully and perfectly illustrated. From the 1960s.
We’re talking about fireworks and firecrackers here. Make sure you know the safety rules for handling fireworks during the holiday.
It’s important to know your fireworks – read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. Stay safe, and handle with care.
Featured: Vintage “Handle With Care” metal pinback pin. 1950’s
I is for Independence
Independence Day is also known as the Fourth of July. It is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. While that is the history of this celebrated holiday, it is also known for fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and family reunions.
Featured: Industrial metal letter “I” in blue and silver. 1980’s
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 4th of July celebration picnic that didn’t have the traditional red, white, and blue Jello!
We suggest you whip up a batch and make them into Jello Stars that represent the stars on the American flag!
Featured: Vintage aluminum star shaped jello mold. Set of 10. 1970’s
Kodak was founded in 1888 and held a dominant position in photographic film for the next 100 years. The company was well known for its cameras with vintage Kodak cameras being especially desired by collectors.
Featured: Kodak Brownie Target Six – 16 camera made in 1946.
License plates originated in the United States in New York in 1901 and are required for all motorized vehicles and trailers. Each state has their own design with numeric or alphanumeric ID system that identifies the vehicle with the owner.
Featured: 1966 Illinois license plate
The road to what became Monet costume jewelry started with two New York brothers who ran into business trouble when demand for their monogrammed car door medallions disappeared in the Depression. They revised their designs into easy to apply handbag monogram letters, which were eagerly snapped up by department stores as a much cheaper alternative to the personalized products they were offering. In the late 1930s, the brothers expanded from purse monograms to monogram pins and fobs, eventually opening a factory in Providence, RI to make their ever expanding line of costume jewelry.
Featured: Monet butterfly brooch in goldtone and white.
PART 2 features the rest of the American vintage alphabet.