Steeped in traditions and memories, holiday textiles have long been a part of the magical fabric of Christmas. Grandma's festive tablecloth or Mom's holiday apron are vivid reminders. Greeting cards in a special Santa Claus mailbag, or presents on a felt-trimmed tree skirt can bring glowing holiday memories flooding back. Illustrated with over 440 festive color photos, this book captures the beauty, charm, and whimsy of a wide-range of Christmas textiles, both mass-produced and handmade, from the 1920s to 1970s. Included are handkerchiefs, tablecloths, tree skirts, tea towels, table runners, and aprons. Some packaging is shown and values for each item are provided in the captions. If you love Christmas fabrics, as well as poinsettias, Santa Claus, candles, and Christmas trees, this book is for you
"Ingenious, whimsical, imaginative and entertaining, this is a magical little book."--The Times
In this highly imaginative exploration of our relationship with everyday things, Steven Connor looks at those items which, though mundane, have a magical quality--the things which have an often surprising power to absorb, disturb, seduce, and soothe.
With chapters on everything from keys to handkerchiefs, and sweets to spectacles, Connor embarks upon a historical, philosophical, and linguistic journey to reconnect with the curious and quirky things with which we have a forgotten intimacy.
Steven Connor is professor of modern literature and theory at Birkbek College, London.
Three hundred vintage advertising and promotional posters.
During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR) was widely hailed as "The World's Greatest Travel System." The Canadian Pacific transcontinental railroad spanned North America from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans. The company also operated luxury hotels and resorts, passenger ocean liners, cargo ships, and an airline.
To promote the company and Canada to the world, Canadian Pacific produced more than 2,500 stunning lithographic and silkscreen posters -- 1,000 of which were created in its own graphic studio.
Posters of the Canadian Pacific is a treasury of three hundred of the finest posters published by the company. They were displayed in Canadian Pacific offices and independent travel agencies worldwide from the 1880s until the 1970s. These posters enticed millions to visit and even settle in Canada.
The posters span the years 1883-1973 with special focus on the Art Deco style posters of the 1920s and '30s. They focus on travel and leisure -- activities on ski slopes, golf courses, beaches, and luxury resorts. Other posters feature Canadian Pacific ocean liners in exotic locations around the globe such as the West Indies, Rio, Hawaii and the Orient.
Posters of the Canadian Pacific will appeal to a wide audience including art lovers, history buffs and railroad enthusiasts.
Like peering through the plate glass window of a Woolworth's, Kresge's or J.J. Newberry's, this engaging book reveals the wonderful array of dime store merchandise that awaited homemakers and gardeners during our country's Depression era. Consumers in those years needed a convenient, affordable place to purchase necessities for the home -- and dime stores had it all. Illustrated with over 300 images, many of them drawn from the original catalogues and advertisements, this book is a virtual shopper's paradise of Depression era goods from the pretty to the practical; colorful dinnerware, cookware, salt and pepper shakers, cookie jars, linens, home decor, stationery, furniture, needlework, sewing notions, holiday decorations, gardening products, even supplies for the family pet. For all those who treasure memories of their local five-and-ten cent store, this book is a must. Current values for all items are included.
"Let There Be Light." Borrowing from the bible, the Eveready Co. used this phrase on the cover of its 1899 catalog, along with a hand from the heavens pointing a flashlight at the earth. Those were the beginning years of the flashlight, originally promoted to help sell batteries and growing to become an essential safety product in every American household and automobile. Never before has there been an extensive treatment of the flashlight from an historical and collectible point of view. In this beautifully illustrated full color volume, Stuart Schneider brings a fascinating world to "light." With flashlights ranging from the purely practical to the elegantly stylish, to the playthings of children, the reader will begin to appreciate the beauty of their design and their inventiveness. 458 color photographs illustrate the book, each accompanied by an informative caption and the value of the model in today's market. Histories of many companies and important information for collectors is also included.
Full-color photographs provide a close-up look at richly varied Victorian flatware and silverware, in a study that includes tips on the care of these valuable collectibles, the art of setting a table, the uses of the various utensils, and more. 25,000 first printing.
'Hello, Cutie ' is a guide to the things that make you say, Awww Pamela Klaffke takes readers on a rainbow and unicorn-filled journey through cute culture: from its origins in Japan where teenage girls drive the cute economy, to its manifestations in the careers of performers like Katy Perry.
First published in 1996, Mastering the Sky received acclaim as one of the best one-volume histories of aviation ever written. Beginning with ancient myths and man's aspiration to soar to the heavens, James Harrison takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of early history, including tower jumpers, balloonists and barnstormers. After the achievement of the Wright Brothers, the story accelerates, parallel to the development of faster, stronger and more powerful aircraft. By the end of the book, man has flown to the moon and humans reside on space stations for months at a time. The history of aviation is a breathtaking story, told here by a masterful author who, despite his wealth of detail, never fails to convey the human interest, and a sense of pure exhilaration at our ability to conquer challenges.
Before plastic handles and asbestos oven mitts retrieving items from a hot oven was difficult and moving a hot kettle could be hazardous. What options were there? Pot holders During the 1940s and 1950s, hand crocheted pot holders became an artistic staple in kitchens across America. From simple circles to recognizable objects, mothers and grandmothers created pot holders to use, to give away, and to sell at bazaars. In this colorful book, Gay & Gifty Pot Holders, hundreds of examples are pictured, explained, dated, and priced. Collectors and dealers alike will appreciate the comprehensive look at an art form few know how to create, but so many enjoy collecting. 260 color photos illustrate a wide variety of pot holders, and concise captions provide information and current values. Whether you buy pot holders to use, display, keep, or sell, you will appreciate Barbara Mauzy's thoroughness on another aspect of kitchen collecting.