Tuesday, 14 August 2018

MAL-KAH VIRGINIA CIGARETTES

Got a random item here to show you!
A slightly mysterious cigarette tin ...



It was produced by the Mal-Kah Cigarette Co. Ltd, who were based in New Bond Street, London. It held 50 of their own brand of cigarettes, in what was probably a promotional tin or even to be given as a gift.

It looks and feels like it dates to before the First World War, possibly early 1900s.
But that is about all I can tell you, as there doesn't seem to be much information about this company.






I even looked in my old copy of Murray's Guide to Cigarette & Other Trade Cards, to see if they ever made any cigarette cards. But no luck, as they aren't listed anywhere. 
Which is strange as they were always used as a handy way of boosting sales, making people desperately buying more packs to complete a set of cards!

So we have possibly have a rare tin on our hands?!

And lucky you, because if you pop down to Wimborne Market in Dorset this Saturday, you will find it on my stall!!!
Please form an orderly queue!

Sunday, 12 August 2018

HEAVY METAL!

There are websites with whole galleries of amazing pictures of textures with metals and grains of wood that you can download and use. But sometimes you can create your own.

While walking at the mysterious Moonfleet in Dorset this week, I saw a lonely, battered old shed right on the water's edge of the Fleet. Housing boats and boating paraphernalia, it had stood up to many a harsh winter.

Taking a closer look at it, the rusty and worn metal panelling were perfect for a series of photos with these kinds of textures.

Having downloaded these types of pictures before to use on my digital collages, I now have my own mini-library of heavy metal to use!!








Wednesday, 8 August 2018

ALL'S WELL IN WELLS!

Some great news to announce ...

I'll be at the next VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells on Saturday 22nd September!!!



The fantastic fair is held in the Town Hall, right in the heart of the beautiful medieval city of Wells. 
This history-packed city is famous for its 12th Century Cathedral and surrounding architecture.
So come along and soak up the atmosphere of the place, AND visit the exciting vintage fair!!

Can't wait to get down there, as this is new fair for me to trade at, plus I've never been to Wells before!




I've got more exciting fair news to announce, so watch this space ...!!


Thursday, 2 August 2018

WIMBORNE MARKET

Just letting you know that I'll be at the wonderful Wimborne Market this Saturday!



I was there a couple of weeks ago, and had a great day, so after the wash-out of last weekend I've decided to have another go.

On the site there is the antiques market, food stalls, general market, AND a big antique centre!! What more could you want?!

Not sure why, but the official name for Wimborne is actually Wimborne Minster, but the Minster bit never seems to get a mention!!
So if you find yourself in Dorset this Saturday looking for Wimborne, look for the signposts to WIMBORNE MINSTER!!!

And when you get there, you'll see these goodies below on my stall, and MUCH more ...


Fantastic retro-style desk lamp in a gorgeous orange colour. 




Stylish and practical all in one box! This "Victa Series" black metal box, was probably used to store documents in something like a solicitor's office. It dates to the 1930s and looks great!



Red kitchen scales, would look fantastic in a retro-themed kitchen. 



Unusual and potentially quite rare German or Swiss desk calendar. Has a typically 30s illustration and typeface, meaning it could have come from pre-War Germany.



A great collection of tins! All but the classic Oxo one are cigarette tins, from famous brands like Senior Service and Wills's Gold Flake. 
But the mysterious one here is the blue Mal-Kah Virginia Cigarettes tin. There are hardly any examples around, and I think it dates to the 1900s. Again, another rare item!


So if you fancy any of these, come on down to Wimborne Market this Saturday!!



Monday, 30 July 2018

NEW STOCK IN THE UNIT!

Have topped up my unit at The Customs House with more goodies!

Piled in loads of fantastic retro football programmes, records, fridge magnets, annuals, books and tonnes more.



So if you love your football, check out my Retro Football table and find loads of cool programmes from the 60s to the 90s, books, cards, magnets and framed pictures of my team collages.




An
d peruse the rest of the unit to find all sorts of amazing vintage stuff, including ceramics, records, books, artworks, comics, maps, cards and too many to mention!







So if you find yourself down Dorset way, come along to West Bay and check out The Customs House, which is right next to the beach and harbour.

HURRY UP!!!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY!

Well folks, it's looking like I won't be able to attend the BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET tomorrow ...

With 96% chance of rain in the morning, and 50mph winds, it would be rather silly to risk my precious stock being ruined and then blown around various parts of Dorset, even if I did have a gazebo!!



Which is incredibly frustrating, as not only is this market a corker, but I've been clocking up some serious miles recently in the ArtPixMobile finding and sourcing some brilliant new stock.

Onwards and upwards!!

I'll now be at the wonderful WIMBORNE MARKET next Saturday.
Keep in touch here for sneak previews of some of the goodies I'll be bringing along.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

MINISTRY – BRISTOL – BRIDPORT

My ears are still ringing after an immense MINISTRY gig in Bristol last night!!!!

Was so good to see them again, singer Uncle Al Jourgensen conducting the mayhem, with their astonishing sound and a set that had just the right amount of new songs and oldies.

The classics like N.W.O.Just One Fix and Thieves are songs seared into my DNA, and with their new material just as good, keeps them as a devastating live band.


Al Jourgensen in mid-mayhem mode!



Now joined by other bandmates.


And by the Anti-Fascist/Trump Chicken, obviously. No gig is complete without one.





Also had a wander around Bristol beforehand, and got a really good vibe from the place.

Had never been before. 
And after swiftly avoiding the scarily corporate shopping malls, found some really interesting bits.
Loved mooching around the St Nicholas Market, where there were record shops galore and gig posters stuck all over the place, love it!
And the to-die-for vintage shop Rag & Bones, what amazing stuff they have in there!
Spent ages looking at everything and buying some wonderful individual plastic letters to spell out 'Matt ArtPix Vintage & Retro'!

The harbour and quay sides are worth a look as well. Even though the plague of modern flats has invaded most of it, you can still get a sense of the history of the place. Especially with the glorious Brunel ship, SS Britain nearby.

I now really want to go back and take photos of all the interesting buildings everywhere. One particular favourite was the insane Art Nouveau building built by Edward Everard. And the heartbreaking, but also uplifting, St Peter's Church that was devastated by bombing in 1940, still standing proudly in the middle of the city.


The unbelievable Edward Everard Printing Works, built around 1900.


I loved this mixture of buildings, an old church spire, with 60s block covered in street art. A great example of why I want to go back to Bristol!




My next event now is this Sunday, at the BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET, situated in the St Michael's Trading Estate in the brilliant town of Bridport in Dorset.
But hang on a minute, can you believe it, rain is forecast, so I'll have to keep you posted on what the score is with this one!!!!!