Sunday, July 29, 2007

Faboo Tray

I found this tray at a tag sale 6 years ago, but you can find plenty of similar ones on ebay these days. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The drawings are whimsical, and the brass & wood inlays really give them even more character. The label says: "Couroc of Monterey California Phenolic Bakelite"

Here's some info i found out about them on the web: The Couroc company began in 1948 in Monterrey California. Couroc's hard plastic (phenolic) products included serving trays and bowls. A sticker attached to the back of their products declared "Unique Couroc Products are cherished gifts because of their great variety and beauty in design. Hand inlaid by master craftsmen, shells, coins, woods and metals are fused into Couroc's famous satin black material which is impervious to alcohol, boiling water, and cigarette burns."

Here is a link to a similar tray with brass & coral inlay. (yes, my birthday IS coming up....)

Friday, July 27, 2007

The POP Diner, Queens, New York

This place is an exquisite example of early 60's diner design... not one that has been well-preserved over time, more like one that you use time-travel to visit. Everything looks shiny & brand-spankin' new. The aisles are wide and the booths are huge, like back in the day. And because time-travel makes you hungry, the food is REALLY yummy. A mix of hearty american fare and carribbean food, plus a few latin dishes round out this eclectic menu.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

What's On My Plate

I bought these Corelle plates because they make me happy EVERY time I see them.
'Nuff said.


You might get tipsy just LOOKING at these glasses.
I rescued them from the basement bar at Cathy's parents house.

Folding Chair Design

Look how simple & beautiful this ancient folding chair is.
The Hubby acquired a few of these relics from back in his bachelor days.
The plate on the back of the chair reads: Louis Rastetter and Sons Solid Kumfort Folding Chair
Patent Pending 1927.
They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Always Look Under the Tissue Paper

I found this gift card in an old box of tablecloths from my mother-in-law.
Such daintiness.


I created this blog to showcase the objects & images that inspire me. I begin with digging down deep... into the hole on my street that the gas company has been digging this summer. I found this hole so seductive, that just knowing it was open kept me from my work. It caused me to use my innocent children as pawns to get on the good side of the gas men.

Here is what i found....
Pieces of dishes made in Ohio, circa 1890's-1910
Blue Cobalt Glass Ink Bottle
Brown glass bottle from one of the oldest homeopathic pharmacies in America.
2 Clear glass stopper-top bottles
A piece of a 1910 calendar plate