Monday, December 31, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE FINDS, WEBSITES, ETC.

Ed Berg reminded us that Gerry Anderson, creator of iconic sci-fi / fantasy kids fare like Supercar, Stingray, Fireball XL-5,  the wildly popular Thunderbirds and many more, passed away recently; read more here http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/12/rip-gerry-anderson.html

We've received so many requests for help in finding patterns/templates to make your own cardboard putz houses that we're sending you to the BEST place around--you can find hundreds of patterns and templates conveniently located in one place--not to mention the best advice at Cardboard Christmas Dot Com; click on the link: http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=10

VINTAGE JAYLINE TINPLATE BUILDING, SUBURBAN STATION http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/12/jayline-no-201-suburban-station.html

It was our privilege to shoot and scan some pages of a 1930's movie star scrapbook belonging to a local vintage Hollywood morabilia collector here in the village. We've had to do heavy duty restoration in some cases, but with classics like these, we're sure you'll agree it was worth it--especially the MGM two page mega-ad; click on the photos below.

 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

FROM A BRITISH CHRISTMAS FAN & MORE EVERYTHINGCROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE FINDS

We were delighted to be sent these charming ads from a British vintage Christmas collector and reader of EverythingCroton--for The Vitagraph Company; the Santa is from 1925; the film offerings are from 1914-1915. Click on the photos below and many thanks! We just adore this illustration of Santa Claus.

Early tray based hacienda putz house http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=252

Oh...and click on the link for a great Reynolds aluminum Christmas wrapping paper ad, 1950's http://www.flickr.com/photos/alsis35/8305002986/in/pool-holiday_ads/

AND GIVE PYREX FOR CHRISTMAS! 1960  http://www.flickr.com/photos/alsis35/8306144216/in/pool-holiday_ads/

PUFF THE MAGIC PASTRY--NEW AT CROTON'S OWN SWEET PAPRIKA

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The mysteries of puff pastry revealed, courtesy of Croton's own Sweet  Paprika; click on the link: http://sweetpaprika.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/puff-the-magic-pastry/ - then check out this great puff pastry recipe too http://sweetpaprika.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/puff-pastry-with-ham-and-cheese/

Saturday, December 29, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Local Disney collector Andy sent us this restored 1937 Radio Mirror cover featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck--and promises to send us the article inside when he can. Click on the photo.

In the meantime, here are some great Christmas ads from his collection--circa 1936 and 1937. We especially love the ad for the 1936 "Radio Lamp"--and for only a dollar...which was probably a tidy sum in '36.

And the Santa Claus ad for RJ Reynolds Tobacco.

We'll take a dozen. Also included below is a scan from a matted Christmas image we bought at The Cornelia Cotton Gallery some years ago--circa 1950's (111 Grand St, Croton on Hudson, NY)--mainly for the train! And a great 1934 Maybelline ad from Lisa. Click on the photos!

Friday, December 28, 2012

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

And now an item from the vintage Christmas novelty department:

An old toy/”musical novelty” with a Christmas theme: ‘CHRISTMAS EVE CAPERS’—made by Glolite--wind it up, the children “sneak” down the stairs while Santa Claus descends from the chimney; once “spotted”, Santa scoots back up the chimney—ditto for the kids—to repeat the process over and over again all powered by the music box mechanism. See the 1949 ad below.

Followed by an incredible restoration by our friend CF; click on the photos below--in her case, the Santa and children were missing—so she made copies. We were also both missing the deer head over the fireplace—she made one for hers!

Click on the photos.

P.S. SEE AN INCREDIBLE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS PUTZ DISPLAY BY OKPAT AT THIS LINK--and keep scrolling down the page to see all the pix http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=263

AN END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CROTON ARBORETUM--SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR

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AN END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CROTON ARBORETUM, OUR OWN LOCAL TREASURE; CLICK ON THE PHOTO. And remember—joining is easy. Just click on the link: http://www.crotonarboretum.org/join-us/

HAPPY NEW YEAR: VINTAGE CROTON STYLE

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Some Croton New Year's Eve ephemera; the newspaper ads are from 1973, courtesy of The Croton Historical Society newspaper archives; the little calendar card (ad is on the back, too worn to scan, the year is not decipherable) for Gino's Post Inn is from a private collection and believed to be from the 50's. Click on the photos. 

You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/mad-about-vintage-top-5-most-read.html
and  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-croton-christmas-card-ginos-post-inn.html

 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

EVERYTHING CROTON'S MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--We love finding old Christmas photos and ads--and every now and then we find one that has the old putz houses we so love so much. Click on the photo to see just such an example--this family photo complete with FLOCKED TREE, Gurley candles and a cardboard house, from our Flickr friend Imldolz, who believes it is from the 50's, all rights reserved. 

--And because this is ALWAYS worth a second look--the amazing Cora Baitler Christmas photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627723865005/with/3145781010/

--Tom sent us a link to an old film--an Interesting look at ideas of Santa and at gifts of the time period; sound track added to this early silent film "Night Before Christmas" - click on the link - from Edison studios 107 years ago-YOU'LL HAVE TO SEE AN AD FIRST BEFORE IT GOES TO THE FILM http://bit.ly/WCzQAp

--ANOTHER GREAT OLD PHOTO FEATURING PLASTICVILLE!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39527581@N07/5272925759/in/set-72157625642014008/

A COLD WINTER'S DAY IN CROTON, 1973, HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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 To us, Croton is never more beautiful than in the snow (provided of course we have electricity!). Here are some shots from 1973 you may enjoy; click on the photos below courtesy of the newspaper archives at THE CROTON HISTORICALSOCIETY. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

We mentioned this site back in late 2011 but hadn’t visited in a while. It’s called PLASTICLAND, and they are essentially clothing but also kitsch purveyors! This is a really fun place—we’ve picked out some things that may appeal to you!

RETRO DEER ORNAMENTS—these were sold out on another site we mentioned and not many left at this one http://www.shopplasticland.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=P11104021&Category_Code=Home-Decor
And there’s a lot more—a really interesting site we’ll be visiting (and buying from) often http://www.shopplasticland.com/


The 2012 Big Christmas Tree Putz village; vintage, Radko, Fey and Lamey houses; lots of other vintage made in Japan goodness, click on the photos:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Vintage made in Italy nativity; all rights reserved littleglitterhouses.com
We hope everyone is having a marvelous Christmas holiday. We're taking a break from eating and watching some great old Christmas films...

And now come all the photos from your vintage Christmas displays and latest acquisitions to hit our mailbox. We’ll be busy for months! But first…

Some Christmas notes:

--Once again we noticed the absence of Christmas movies on our local stations compared to years past, which is why we acquired our Christmas collection of movies long ago. Here are some of our recommendations for next Christmas—must have’s for your viewing pleasure, available for purchase on many internet sites:
1) THE ORIGINAL SCROOGE—ALISTER SIM in A Christmas Carol; this black and white version has recently been re-mastered and it's not cheap, but the restoration of both sound and picture is stunning. It also features a very young Patrick MacNee of 1970’S AVENGERS FAME.
2) The Bishop’s Wife: Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young. Also black and white and simply charming. It was played once or twice this year on TCM but is worth having for your own. When you’ve watched it as many times as we have, you notice all sorts of things—like the feather tree and paper mache boots in the florist shop—the bottle brush wreaths in the hat shop etc. Lovely performances by one and all—yes it’s a little corny in some spots, but who cares.
3) AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL; 1970’s made for tv movie starring Henry Winkler as Bernard Slade, a depression era Scrooge. Really very charming.

--Soon to be available on EBAY; this lovely made in Italy nativity; figures permanently mounted; contact mcudeque@gmail if you have any questions or any interest and we’ll put you in touch with the seller beforehand. Click on the photo.

--Soon to be available on EBAY; these wonderful hard plastic General Products Corp Santa and Snowman lighted figures, approx. 8 ½ inches tall; click on the photo; we’re told they’re late 50’s early 60’s but a friend says the Santa was also made in the 50’s to early 70’s; either way, they’re vintage and very cool. Contact mcudeque@gmail if you have any questions or any interest and we’ll put you in touch with the seller beforehand.

--A simply fantastic tinplate Marx nativity from the 1950’s: so worth looking at http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/12/marx-nativity-set.html

Vintage made in Italy nativity, all rights reserved

THE CROTON YACHT CLUB'S 2012 CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CROTON YACHT CLUB:
The Croton Yacht Club held its annual children’s holiday party on Saturday, December 21st where the children were entertained by “Mad Science” presenting “imaginative learning” and also face painting. After pizza and ice cream, the children were visited by Santa, who distributed a toy to each child. Donations from members and guests resulted and five large bags of toys delivered to the “Croton Caring Committee” and the “Toys for Tots” programs. 

Happy Holidays, Dennis Kooney, Director
Croton Yacht Club

CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW, all rights reserved CYC; you may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/06/croton-yacht-club-blast-from-past.html

Monday, December 24, 2012

MAD ABOUT VINTAGE: THE TOP 5 MOST READ "VINTAGE" SERIES FOR 2012 AT EVERYTHING CROTON

Played at Drive-In in 1956--sometimes spelled STARLITE in the records
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Yes indeed--we're mad about vintage--and history--Croton's or otherwise.

These are the Top 5 Most Read "Vintage" Series for 2012 as determined by you, the EverythingCroton reader:

#1: CROTON MEMORIES 2012: a look back at all things vintage Croton, sports, businesses, events, etc. courtesy of The Croton Historical Society; click on the link for an index to this year's postings--the numbers were off the charts on this one: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/08/an-index-to-2012-croton-memories-series.html

#2: FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY: a collection of ephemera, photos, maps, links and more--model railroads, Croton's train history, general train history, toys, etc., a good portion of which comes from the Historical Society.  Click on the link for an index to this year's postings: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/final-installment-index-for-train.html

#3: THE VINTAGE KNITTER 2011/2012: an outstanding collection of vintage knitting and crochet patterns courtesy of Hallie Flanagan Wolfe (www.hallieflanaganwolfegardens.com); click on the link for the series' postings: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/index-to-vintage-knitter-series.html

#4: PHOTOS, OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S LATEST EXHIBIT---THE MASSES: THE CROTON CONNECTION: click on the link http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/photos-from-opening-reception-of-masses.html

#5: CROTON'S SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, see all the installments here  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/final-installment-crotons-shakespeare.html 

HONORABLE MENTION:

AN INDEX TO THE 2012 SERIES: YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY --vintage and antique advertising, fashion, Jackie Gleason, celebrities, ephemera and more - click on the link for an index to the series http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/an-index-to-2012-everything-croton.html

A CROTON CHRISTMAS, 1958-1978 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627770614519/with/6240207013/

A CROTON CHRISTMAS, 1938-1950 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627810031344/with/6213428585/

A CROTON CHRISTMAS, SPECIAL REQUEST, 1973 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-croton-christmas-1973-final.html

ROBERT SCOTT'S CHRONICLES OF CROTON'S BOHEMIA: MAX EASTMAN, MABLE DODGE, FLOYD DELL, LOUISE BRYANT AND MORE; CLICK ON THE LINK FOR THE LATEST INSTALLMENT AND AN INDEX TO THIS POPULAR SERIES http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/robert-scotts-chronicles-of-crotons.html

IN HONOR OF PAPATED  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/in-honor-of-papa-ted.html

Sunday, December 23, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

And the photos keep coming in! Dianne's 2012 vintage Christmas putz village--up and out despite Sandy! That's quite the achievement! Lots of Made in Japan goodness. Thanks Dianne! Click on the photos below. All rights reserved DianneO

And from Paul Race: the latest newsletter - WELCOME to the December, 2012 update of Trains-N-Towns(tm), the Official Newsletter of BIGIndoorTrains.com - This newsletter serves families who like O Scale trains and Christmas Trains, including those who are interested in combining On30, O gauge, or vintage toy trains with collectible villages or vintage accessories. It is produced in conjunction with the Big Indoor Trains(tm) and Big Christmas Trains(tm) web sites. Click on the link and scroll down the page to read it all! http://www.bigindoortrains.com/trains_n_towns/12_12_newsletter_indoor.htm

And a very cool article and Space Race Car--gotta love the 50's--from http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/12/unk-mfr-space-race-car.html

2012, SOME PHOTOS FROM TODAY'S LAS POSADAS AT HOLY NAME OF MARY

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Today was the conclusion of Las Posadas, a tradition in which the Holy Family’s search for a room at the inn is re-enacted for several days by members of Holy Name of Mary Spanish Ministry.  It culminates in songs and a reception of ethnic food, pinatas, and Santa Claus in the Parish Meeting Rooms. We stopped by there today to join in the fun (and we had a very good time watching Santa do the Macarena!) Click on the photos below. For more info about the Spanish Ministry at Holy Name of Mary, visit  http://www.holynameofmary.org/index.php/ministries

PHOTOS FROM THE GRANDSTAND'S 2012 TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION

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THE GRANDSTAND (a Croton institution!) recently held a Toys For Tots collection; click on their facebook page to see some photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151177741391566.434306.201906441565&type=1

JEORJIA SHEA: A VENDOR AT THE AJNA WELLNESS CENTER'S DECEMBER 2012 ARTS FAIR

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One of the nicest things about "artisan markets" is the opportunity to see cutting edge fashion and one-of-a-kind accessories.


For us, that means Jeorgia Shea. Shea has been exhibiting at various venues in the village for some time now--and was at the December 2012 AJNA Wellness Artisan Fair yesterday.  Her specialty is textile art: hand-painted dresses, upcycling, and more, restyled vintage accessories, etc. (Click on the photo. You can also see a fab black and white dress here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/6980148064/2016 UPDATED: NOW HAS QUIRKSHOP IN PEEKSKILL! https://www.facebook.com/QuirkshopPeekskill/?fref=photo

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE AJNA WELLNESS CENTER, visit their website at http://www.theajnawellnesscenter.com/