Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This vintage Wasaga Beach pennant dates from the 1920s. We have about 300 vintage pennants sometimes called flags or banners available; most are from schools, tourist destinations or roadside attractions throughout the US and Canada.
Monday, January 26, 2009
This artist's palette is actually quite large ( and we believe once belonged to Urquart Wilcox 1876-1941 ). If your setting is an artist's studio we also have paint spotted ladders, cans of brushes and a lovely paint splattered easel. And a number of lay figures as well. Lay figures? Also known as those little wooden articulated models.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Loving cup, trophy, mark of achievement or presentation piece, it all comes down to the same thing: a nice shiny bit to stick on your mantle and say: "that old thing? It's just something that was given to me when I..."
We have a lot of trophies in stock in various sizes and shapes. If your scene calls for a trophy case filled with awards, we can do that for you.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Victorian Skirtlifters were used to, well, lift skirts or dresses. When the slide, in this example the trefoil cross, was as the bottom, the clamps would open allowing the fabric of the skirt to be pinched. A chain or cord threaded through the eye at the top of the slide, pulled the slide up, causing the clamps to close and grasp the fabric securely. The dress could then be lifted up to keep it clean from the mud or whatever filth decked the streets.
The sock monkey first started showing up in the early thirties (although I'm pretty sure there must be earlier ones) but really didn't start coming into their own until the 1950s. We've got a bag full of them. What's more fun than a bagful of sock monkeys? This one is the smallest one we have at just 5½".
Watch the birdy! This is the birdy that early photographers used to attract the eye and focus attention. A small amount of water goes into the bottom well and air is blown from a squeeze bulb through a hose which attached to the pipe opening at the side. The blown air caused the beak and tail to articulate while the water made the whistle warble. This was a popular novelty of the day and photogs made it their own. Watch the birdy.
We've all heard the term, this is what it looks like: a flat piece of wood with a handle, with another hinged smaller piece attached to it. As you lift it up, gravity pulls the smaller piece away; as you go to slap your victim, the smaller slaps back down against the larger, giving the sound of a slap and the impression that your victim is being beaten. A laff riot.
This one is made by Ludwig, the drum folks; they still make them.