Category Archives: Collecting

Arrowheads

This collection of arrowheads spent several decades nestled in a drawer in my parents’ spare bedroom. I have very little information on them except that they belonged to my grandmother’s second husband who had visited the Southwest. I’ve poked around … Continue reading

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Collecting: Mushroom Bowl by Esteri Tomula

This bowl is an iconic piece of Finnish Mid-Century Modern design. The pen and ink mushrooms are the work of Esteri Tomula, a designer who worked at the Arabia ceramics factory in Helsinki from 1947-1984. This bowl is enameled steel, from the 1960s, … Continue reading

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The Greatest Store That Ever Was

I was digging through a dusty 4-drawer filing cabinet in my studio when I came upon this catalog for a sadly gone but not forgotten store  — Rocketships & Accessories!

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Unearthing the Ornaments

One of my favorite things about the holiday is going through our boxes of ornaments and rediscovering the treasures I’d forgotten about since last December. There’s something wonderful about the snowmen and flowers stenciled on the balls, the jewel toned … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Experience?

The early ’80s was a curious time for movies with studios chasing down the movie that they would hope would be the record-breaking blockbuster. In the wake of Star Wars, science fiction and fantasy were in and all of the … Continue reading

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Collecting – More Hall Westinghouse

A few more Hall Westinghouse pieces from my collection. The green dish is from Hall’s Hercules line from the early forties, similar to the orange one from this post. The canary yellow dish with it’s stylized Art Deco look was … Continue reading

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Collecting Fire-King

Fire-King was originally produced in the 1940s for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or was given away at gas stations. Fire-King could also be purchased at local grocery … Continue reading

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Collecting Hall Westinghouse Refrigerator Dishes

Back in the day, when you purchased a Westinghouse refrigerator, they gave away these lovely leftover dishes manufactured by The Hall China Company. When I bought my fridge, I got complimentary plastic ice cube trays –  clearly, times have changed. 

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Collecting Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes

I love these Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes. And what’s not to love? They come in cheery, primary colors, have clear lids so you can see your leftovers, they stack, and can be used in the oven! These are from the 502 … Continue reading

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Collecting Hazel Atlas Jam Jars

It all started in an antique store. I spied a cute little sugar bowl and snapped it up for five dollars. It was painted white milk glass and unmarked, so I assumed it was Pyrex or Fire King. A few … Continue reading

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