Sunday, 7 January 2018

NEW STOCK FOR 2018

Have bunged a few new bits in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset for the New Year!

Here is a selection below ...



This is a fabulous 1950s salt and pepper set on a wooden teak stand. 
Made by Wyncraft, it has a very 'Atomic Age' feel to it and would make a fantastic addition to any groovy kitchen!





Another item from the 1950s, an amazing milk bottle with original stamp mark. 
From the E&H Parren's Dairy in the village of Earith in Cambridgeshire, it could easily be used as a lovely vase for flowers, or even an original place to store all your spare coins!




A big stash of the classic boys' comic THE WIZARD dating from the early 1970s.
The comic was first launched by publishers D.C. Thomson & Co in 1922 before merging with THE ROVER comic in 1963.
It was relaunched in 1970 and ran for a further eight years before closing on 10th June 1978.
All in, there were 1,970 issues. 
In this bundle, there are around 45 to start your collection!!




MORE COMICS!
This time a selection of THE HOTSPUR, again all from the early 70s.
The comic started life as a boys' story paper on 2nd September 1933, and ran for 1,197 issues until 1959.
It was then updated and relaunched as a comic, going on to clock up a further 1,110 issues before merging with rival comic THE VICTOR on 24th January 1981.

Pick up a few copies now and start collecting them!!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

MY DAD

Just a little message to say that my Dad has sadly passed away ...

We miss him very much.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

HAVE A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS!!

MERRY XMAS TO YOU ALL!!!

Hope everyone has a fantastically vintage time!



Wednesday, 20 December 2017

RETRO FOOTBALL

I've been busy plundering the ArtPix Archives for more images to use on my popular retro collages.

I dug out loads of magazines from the 50s and 60s and found some corkers tucked away!
Especially some famous faces in their very early days!



Brilliant picture of the irrepressible Brian Clough, seen here in his playing days at Middlesbrough, as a prolific striker in 1958.


Future England manager Bobby Robson, also in 1958, when he was a forward with West Brom.


Cracking picture of a young Bobby Moore in 1961. Five years later he would captain England to the World Cup. 


Issue No. 5 of Goal magazine featured this portrait of Manchester United star George Best.

I also found some useful images for teams I'm thinking of doing as collages, to add to my long list.

RANGERS:
Jimmy Millar, who turned out for Rangers throughout the 1950s.

CELTIC:
Another star of the 1950s, Celtic's Bertie Peacock.

LEEDS UNITED:
'Sniffer' Clarke from the legendary 60s and 70s Leeds team.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST:
Forest's winger Stewart Imlach, who played in their FA Cup winning team of 1959.

Can't wait to get started on these new collages now!!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

LAIBACH ON THE TELLY!!!!

I love it when the mainstream dips its toes in to the world of Alternative Music.

This week on BBC4 there was a documentary on one of the finest bands you've probably never heard of.

I imagine a lot TV listings writers frantically Googling the name of this band and panicking at their image, and simply not knowing what on earth to make of them.

The band in question are LAIBACH.




Emerging in the Tito-era Yugoslavia of the early 80s, this band have trodden their own path ever since.
I can't really put into words how important and how amazing they are, just check them out.

I first came across them by accident way back in 1987, seeing a video of their immense version of Life is Life by cheese-rockers Opus. I've been fascinated by them ever since.

They have created a whole universe of music, art, culture and much more.
AND they have the most impressive merchandise stall of any band I've seen! 

The documentary shown this week is of their extraordinary trip to North Korea, to become the first ever band to play Alternative Music in the secretive Communist country.
I can't imagine what the Koreans thought Laibach were all about, I presume they thought they were fellow Communists, but it's a dangerous path to try and pigeon-hole this band into any given category!!
But I think it's fitting that it was Laibach who were the trailblazers.

Check out the documentary:
HERE

And their website:
HERE

Thursday, 7 December 2017

EXCITING NEW STOCK!!

Have bunged some new goodies in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!
All are fantastic Christmas pressie ideas!!

Have a peep below at the unit and some of the bits and pieces ...

Here is the front of the unit, the blue table is actually for sale as well, see further below for more details!

This is a specially created box packed with small items, perfect for Christmas stockings!

A box full of the delightfully Deco Theatre World magazines from the 1930s.

A look at some of Arcane Publishing's mix of carefully selected vintage books and novels written by Carya Gish.

As always I have a fine selection of Retro Football stuff, these are my own designs on cards and a box of football programmes, which all come with a written description of the match.
As promised, here is the table that's for sale!
Its a fab 1960s 'Guildform' drop-leaf kitchen table, made by PHG & Sons of Guildford. They go for a song online, but this one is a snip at £30!!

Bit of holiday fun here, the classic Boney M single from 1979!

Autobiography of the legendary striker Jimmy Greaves. This is a 1st Edition of his 2003 book.

This is Kev's autobiography from 1978, a must for any Liverpool fan, as it mostly concentrates on his time at Anfield.
Got loads of Retro Football programmes in the unit, but as this one was damaged, I've framed the front cover of this West Ham programme, which makes a unique picture to hang up anywhere.

One of the brilliantly stylish Theatre World magazines, all dating from the late 1930s. They are a bargain £2-50 each, as they are quite hard to find these days.


Lovely tin dating from the 1920s-30s, handy for storing any bits or spare change.

Got some A4 framed pictures of prints featuring covers from the classic Ladybird book series from the 1960s and 1970s. This brilliant cover dates from 1971.

Mad 1950s knitting patterns pamphlet called MANLY CASUALS!!!

This is fantastic, an original promotional brochure for the classic 1964 film My Fair Lady. It has loads of amazing photos of the film, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, and some of the sumptuous costumes designed by Cecil Beaton.

Another promotional brochure, this time for the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Julie Andrews. In this musical she played a flapper in 1920s New York.
So get yourself down to West Bay now and do your Christmas shopping!!!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

ART DECO CABINET

I've finished the cabinet I've been working on recently!
I picked up the modest 1930s cabinet at Shepton Mallet Flea Market and have transformed it into a delightful Art Deco collector's piece!!!





It is decorated with original pages from the lovely magazine THEATRE WORLD.
The issue I used was from January 1938 and is packed with iconic names from the stage and screen.


A closer look at the collage on top of the cabinet.
The fantastic cover features Bobby Howes and Cicely Courtneidge. Laurence Olivier, Robert Donat and Ivor Novello are amongst the other stars.

Here is a list of all London's West End theatres.

A very dapper Cyril Ritchard enjoying a crafty fag!

An impossibly young-looking Flora Robson keeps an eye on things.


Theatre legend Terence Rattigan is in the middle of this section.


Painted in a stylish black, this piece of furniture could be used as a bedside cabinet or in a lounge to store all your favourite vintage magazines. 
You can then place a gorgeous antique Art Deco lamp on it, or of course your cocktail glass!



AND THAT'S NOT ALL!!

Take a look inside and you'll see I've decorated it with more pages of THEATRE WORLD!






The final touch was to source an original 1930s doorknob to replace the one which was on there, as I didn't like it. I wanted a more stylish one!
Finally I found one in Bridport's street market!



And just in case you didn't know who did all this work, check inside the door ...


Let me know if you would like this cabinet, as its for sale! 
It would make an amazingly unique Xmas pressie!!

Get in touch NOW!!!