Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Anniversary Woodstock Festival! 40 years!!

Some great examples of Woodstock era clothing....
1960's suede fringe dress
1960's star spangled bell bottoms

1960's hand painted fringe tunic

1960's red, white & blue suede fringe jacket

Billed by it's young promoters as "three days of peace and music", and widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history, The Woodstock music festival attracted nearly half a million fans to a pasture in Sullivan County, NY August 15th - 18th, 1969. The Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Who signed for double their usual fees, and Jimi Hendrix signed for $32,000. Originally a profit making venture, it famously became a free concert when it was obvious the event would draw hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers had prepared for. Such a success was the festival, NY State introduced a whole raft of new laws to ensure it would never happen again! Held during a time of military conflict and racial discord, participants quickly became aware that the event had taken on a meaning beyond its original intent. Minds were 'open', drugs were used and 'love' was 'free'.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For the well groomed traveling man....

Check out this 1940's cowhide travel bag and celluloid grooming kit with herringbone lining, lock and key!! Talk about traveling with style! In-store now!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ingenious matchbook-size promotional designs from the first half of the 20th Century....

'Women's committee on safety' lipettesYou're so smart to be safe... and always carry around these 'matchsticks' lipstick 'lipettes' from 'Harriet Hubbard Ayer' circa 1950's. What an ingenious bit of promotional design, mini lipstick top-ups for the girl on the go!

'Handy-Mender' needle & thread case
This beautiful pre-1920's matchbook size needle & thread case shows that great design & attention to detail can be applied to even the smallest packages.

'Gilmore's Steak House' matchbook
There is a pleasant suprise inside this stylish matchbook from a 1940's NY steakhouse, a miniature rendering proudly displaying their 'glass enclosed kitchen' printed across the matches!

'Benefactor Cigars' matchbook holder
This tin matchbook holder from 'La Flor De Benefactor Cigar Company NY' circa 1904 keeps your matches safe and dry. Another great example of miniature promotional design!