Wednesday, 19 September 2018

POTTY PORTMEIRION!

Take a peep at these amazing spice pots ...




They date from the 1960s and were made at the Portmeirion Pottery, the amazing design is part of their 'Totem' range.








Some still have labels on them showing you what was stored in the pots.
I don't think they were originally on there when new, but I thought I would keep them on, as it adds to their charm!




They were designed by the extraordinary Susan Williams-Ellis, who set up the Portmeirion Pottery at Stoke-on-Trent in the early '60s.

Not only did she have an impressive career, designing and travelling abroad for new inspirations, well in to her 80s, but her family history reads like a cultural encyclopaedia of the 20th Century! 

Her mother was the writer Amabel Strachey, cousin of Lytton Strachey and her father, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, was an architect, who built the fantastical Portmeirion Village in Wales.
Together they were mates with all the Bloomsbury set, hanging out with Virginia Woolf and Augustus John.

Susan also brushed with the famous when at a young age, learning to paint and sculpt with Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore as her tutors at the Chelsea School of Art. 
Also, her godfather was Rudyard Kipling!!

Quite a list isn't it?!!

So with that in mind take another look at these pots and marvel at the unusual design and colour, and appreciate such an incredible person.




I'm going to be bringing them along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells Town Hall this Saturday, so you can have a closer look, and maybe take them home with you!!



Tuesday, 18 September 2018

WORD MASTERMIND

I'm sure you all know the classic Mastermind game from the 70s, but have you ever seen the Word Mastermind?!




I hadn't! 

This word version is from 1975, three years after the original first came out, and it contains loads and loads of cool, tiny yellow letters. 




So instead of cracking the code of the colour blobs, you have to guess the word instead.








Now I know what you're thinking, with a four letter word to decipher, this game can quickly descend into a right old naughty farce!!!!
I'm sure the bods who invented this game weren't thinking of all the swear words you could come up with, as they've provided a huge list of possible words to use.



It's a great little game and a massive throwback to the 1970s! 

If you fancy it, then come along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall, in the beautiful city of Wells, this Saturday and you can find it on my stall!!



SEE YOU THERE!!

Monday, 17 September 2018

ROLL OUT THE BARREL!

Have a peep at this sizzling 60s biscuit barrel ...



With its groovy flower design, fabulous orange lid and very handy handle this is a classic bit of 1960s kitchenalia!





The Baret Ware barrel will brighten up any kitchen, and can be used to store any bits and pieces, not just biscuits.

And lucky you! I'll be bringing it along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall this Saturday!!

Come on down to this fantastic fair and find all sorts of vintage goodies!






Thursday, 13 September 2018

SUPER SOCCER

This is a great retro football game with a real magnetic appeal!









The classic from the 1950s was made by the company Balyna, and has a clever twist to it, because you actually play the game using magnets. 

The players have them attached to the bottom of their bases, and you can control their movements by using magnetic rods underneath the table. What a mad but brilliant idea!






There are only two players per side, so it doesn't get too complicated with players all over the place.



Although you have to control your goalkeeper by hand, with the Subbuteo-style lever at the back.



The game has a really cool retro look, and stands out because of its clever simplicity.






I'm going to bring this along to WIMBORNE MARKET this Saturday, so rush on down to the lovely Dorset town of Wimborne Minster if you fancy it!




And if it doesn't go there, then no worries, I'll take it to my next fair, the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall in Somerset on 22nd September!!




Wednesday, 12 September 2018

AND THE CROWD GO WILD

The art festival B-Side is in full swing at the mo on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.
And my fave thing so far is this brilliantly simple, but hugely atmospheric, football-themed piece.



Created by artist Laura Hopes, its set in one of the most unusual football stadiums you'll ever likely to see. 
The Portland Bowl Stadium is actually an old quarry, with the football pitches at the bottom of it. The tree-lined sides of the bowl look like banks of terracing full of fans.







Its a really weird place, as it feels like hundreds of people are watching you!
Which is exactly what the artist has picked up on, because as you walk around the pitch there is a sound recording of a 5,000 strong crowd cheering and chanting. Everywhere you can hear this invisible crowd. A fabulous idea.

It creates a fantastically eerie feeling, as if the fans are actually there. 
And with a couple of orange retro-looking footballs on the pitch, you can indulge in a bit of shooting practice, all whilst being cheered on by the crowd!





Imagining you are scoring that winning goal of course!



I didn't want to leave, as it was so evocative. Even the changing rooms had a ghostly air about them, and there was even a mist swirling around the trees.





I felt like there were ghosts of fans and players all around.


Told you!!

Monday, 10 September 2018

FINDING A PIXIE IN A PIXIE CASE!

This is a very strange case indeed!

I bought this lovely little 1950s travel case the other day.
Its cream coloured, with a subtle snakeskin effect, and opens up to reveal a plush red interior.




The case was made by the brilliantly named Pixie, with this being part of their Personal Luggage range.
I love the logo that's stitched inside the case, with the red pixie, it all has a real 50s feel.



So you can imagine my surprise as a pixie appeared out of the side-pocket when I'd turned it upside-down to clean it!!! 



It turned out to be Girl Guides pin badge, which seems to have a pixie on it!



A bit of research later, it appears to be called a 'Promise Man', although strangely there isn't that much info on it.
It looks like an ancient Pagan symbol, which is an odd logo to have for the Girl Guides!
Apparently they had these badges from 1932 to 1968, which fits in with the 1950s case and also something else.


As that wasn't all I found ...

There was also an old bus ticket!



From the Devon General Omnibus & Touring Co. Ltd, dated 5th November. And, I presuming here, that the '67', denotes the year 1967??
Which also fits in with the badge ...

I wonder who was this Girl Guide travelling around Devon with her little case in the 60s?! 


I've blogged before about the unusual things I've found in books, so always check for anything hiding inside vintage items!!!



And another thing ...

If you would like to own this charming Pixie Personal Luggage case, come along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall on 22nd September, and find it on my stall!!!