Zoological prints

Vintage Zoological prints abound in shops and flea markets.



There is something for everyone in every price range and size.

Whew! Made it to letter Z once again on ABC Wednesday!

Starting a busy, busy Summer and Fall ahead and I may not be here every single week but I will be continuing with all things vintage, their repair, their stories and our love of collecting!



Skeins, balls and hanks, Yarn is a tactile joy!

5dd2e9305dcabbe74d948b907056c111       A charming old advertisement

Vintage Yarn…yes, this is a thing.

Yarn hoarders (you know who you are) take note this is vintage stuff like fine china, wine or jewelry.


We have seen The Force Awakens a few times and await an influx of X-Wings in the upcoming Star Wars tale Rogue One.



Back in the beginning (1978) there was an X-Wing Fighter in a simple box from Kenner Toys.

The continuing adventures in the Star Wars Galaxy will provide collectors with many years of toy gathering joy.

As much as I love finding a mint in box vintage toy I always suggest that new toys be taken out of their boxes, pulled off their cards and torn free of their bubble enclosures to be played with and properly enjoyed!


As always thanks to the team at ABC Wednesday for their continuing efforts!



Windmills were the Workhorses of Water in the Western United States.


Beginning in the middle 1800’s windmills were used to pump ground water for livestock, humans and to fill the tenders of steam locomotives.


Today windmills serve their original purpose across the world and are also used as decor, yard art and on a greater scale to move wind energy along to power plants.


These are power generating Wind machines near Whitewater in Southern California.

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Vending Machines

Counter top vending machines have a long history of accepting coins and dispensing goods.

I have a few U S Postal Service stamp machines in my own collection as well as a stationary machine that dispenses envelopes. A nice pen or pencil machine is still on my search list!


A big part of finding great vintage pieces is to see the potential to “upcycle” the item into something once again useful, beautiful or fun.

We called it recycling in the ’70s and simply making do before that.

Tank Tags

Tank Tags are a part of the Petroliana category of collecting.


Porcelain or aluminum tags were to be attached to Gasoline and oil storage tanks and/or pumps. Many became station key holders for office and restrooms.

Most date from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

I have a few Skywatch Friday posts stored up, photos are ready to go but have had no time to write a coherent paragraph about them.There are good things to come friends there really are!

In the meantime here are a couple of photos taken at the Reagan Presidential Library on a sunny day this Winter a few weeks after the funeral services for Nancy Reagan were held on site.

If you are ever in the Simi Valley area in Southern California the Reagan Library is well worth a visit.

Not only are the views from the gardens spectacular; there are ever changing exhibits in the museum galleries and a very tasty cafeteria style dining area.

Read more at:  https://www.reaganfoundation.org/

Thanks to the Skywatch team once again this week!


Recipe Boxes

Found on the counter or in the cupboard of most 20th century kitchens Recipe boxes are filled with cherished food formulas to feed families!

I have a real love and weakness for these little tin beauties. They just cannot be beat for keeping notes, recipes or what have you the old fashioned way on 3 x 5 cards!

The plaid and Autumn Leaf patterns are my favorites.