Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Before there were plaid stamps--or S&H Green Stamps--you collected product wrappers instead...

Check out the back cover of this delightful 1896 premium catalog for the Bee Soap company, complete with "brownies"...a product line from Colgate & Co. Each wrapper had a big black bee, you'd cut them out, save, and mail away--return postage was not included. Click on the photo.

You may also have an interest in the S&H Green Stamp Catalog for 1915; click on the link http://bit.ly/15yRpTZ

Wonderful colors: bullion and crinkle wire  http://www.vintage-ornaments.com/craft-supplies/bouillon-crinkle-wire

A really neat black and white photo of  a novelty store, circa 1950 Baltimore, with Halloween eye candy http://www.flickr.com/photos/mary-m/8122470932/

For all you mid-century modern enthusiasts, a page full of mid-century goodness http://midcenturymodernfreak.tumblr.com/archive

A stunning piece of pressed tin Coca-Cola memorabilia http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/08/vintage-lillian-nordica.html

1 comment:

  1. I became intrigued by the little "brownie" creatures shown in this illustration, which more like a cross between bugs and elves. So I decided, what exactly is a brownie, and looked it up.It is a legendary creature popular in folklore around Scotland and England (especially the north, though more commonly hobs have this role). It is the Scottish and Northern English counterpart of the Scandinavian tomte, the Slavic domovoi and the German Heinzelmännchen. You can read more at wikipedia.