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 not was 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!
No holiday weekend should go by without spending time at the beach! Pack your bathing suit, grab your flip flops and sunglasses, and don’t forget your beach towel. And while this vintage sign says no food on the beach, we recommend you pack a picnic and make a day of it!
Featured: Vintage metal “No Food On Beach” sign. 1960’s
Ovenex was manufactured by Ekco for about 20 years beginning in the mid-1940s. This brand of baking pans is still sought after for use in today’s kitchens.
Featured: Ovenex tube or angel food cake pan
Invented in the 1950s by an artist who worked for a paint company in Detroit, MI, the paint by number kit was embraced by people who had no experience as artists and yet were able to paint their own DaVinci’s Last Supper, and scorched by critics who, well, are critics. The Craft Master company had the last laugh, having sold 12 million kits in their first four years. As for the critics point of view…the Smithsonian National Museum of History hosted an exhibit on PBNs in 2001.
Featured: 1950s rose completed paint by number pair
What could be more of an American classic than a handmade quilt? Quilts were traditionally made using scraps of fabric from worn or outgrown clothing, feed sacks, leftover sewing fabric and even tobacco flannel.
Featured: Late 1800’s tobacco flannel and feed sack quilt top
Luther Relpogle began making globes from English maps in his Chicago apartment in 1930. The US company that bears his name is now the largest manufacturer of globes in the world. They carry on with his mission to take globes out of strictly academic environments and make them affordable for use in the home.
Featured: Relpogle 1950s Surprise Globe made in Chicago Illinois
This handsome set is made of Bakelite, a material invented by Leo Baekeland in Yonkers New York in 1907. Early resin radios and telephones were made of this sturdy stuff. When beautiful colors of this material were developed, it became a popular medium for designer jewelry and other beautiful art deco items.
Featured: Art Deco period red Bakelite salt & pepper shaker set
Tramp art is a form of folk art that flourished in America from the 1870’s until the 1940’s. Boxes, frames and even full sized furniture were constructed from cigar boxes and shipping crates using chipping and whittling techniques. Despite the name (which was coined in 1959), the majority of the artists were frugal factory workers, farmers and general laborers who were determined to create art out of scraps.
Featured: Tramp art wall box constructed from a cigar box. Original use is assumed to be as a match holder
How appropriate is a vintage “how to” flag booklet from the U.S. Marines – published by the United States Government.
Featured: 1972 How to Display and Respect Our Flag booklet
There’s nothing more American than a series of vintage Patriotic Songs!
This vinyl record album set includes patriotic music that was played in elementary schools, and includes background information that a teacher would share with their class. We thing this album would make a fun display piece at a 4th of July party, and if you still have a turntable, you could play this music to surprise and delight your party guests!
Featured: 1947 Patriotic Songs RCA Victor Record Library for Elementary Schools Vinyl Record Album
Whiting and Davis has been joining little pieces of metal into shimmering mesh handbags since the company was founded in MA in 1876. Upscale jewelry and metal mesh fashion accessories were added to their lines in the ’30’s. Vintage Whiting & Davis is favored by collectors for its style and timeless beauty.
Featured: Vintage Whiting & Davis ecru mesh purse with a cross body strap.
One of a series of stencils marketed as “Reese’s Adjustable Brass Stencils” that were patented in Chicago in 1876 by Samuel Reese. He left the business to his partner Christian Hanson and it remains a family owned business under the name C.H. Hanson Company in Naperville, Il.
Featured: Large 12 inch Reese’s Brass Stencil. Other letters are available.
Looking back through the years, I think it’s safe to say that most people have attempted their skill at the classic YoYo. While we are probably all most familiar with the all-American Duncan YoYo, YoYo’s have a long standing history, starting in ancient times.
For your Summer celebrations this year, we think it would be fun to have a YoYo contest! Challenge your family and friends and see who can control the YoYo the longest, or find out who has the most YoYo tricks. It’s sure to cause a lot of fun and laughter!
Featured: Antique wood and metal yoyo.
Z is for Zippers
Next time you zip your fly instead of wrestle with buttons (unless you’re wearing a pair of Levi 501s), thank Gideon Sundback, head designer at the Talon Company. Although you probably should also thank Elias Howe, who in 1851 patented an impractical design for a zipperish closure. And Whitcomb Judson, who took a crack at making Howe’s design functional as a speedier boot closure in 1893–it was faster but it also didn’t stay closed. Sundback finally brought the zipper to it’s modern form and function around 1913. Astonishingly, people were skeptical and the newfangled technology didn’t catch on until B.F. Goodrich put them on their rubber galoshes and coined the name “zipper” in 1923. Read more here and here.
Featured image: the clothing closure device that made the wiggle dress possible.