Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vintage Postcards

Old postcards take me back to childhood days of vacationing at the Gulf beaches and spending a lot of time in the tourist traps, where the racks of postcards were lined up . . . an art gallery of sorts that would fascinate me and draw me like a magnet.  My mom is a shopaholic and loves to linger in any type of store, and I loved it when she took us to the tourist traps so I could check out the colorful treasures on those spinner racks.

The vintage postcards on this post are from back in the 1910 - 1920 era . . . The Tampa Bay Hotel, a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  Among its many distinguished visitors . . . Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders . . . the hotel was used as a base of operations when the Spanish-American War broke out.

 I'll be writing a post about this gorgeous landmark that is just as beautiful as I imagine it was back in the day.  It is now the home of the University of Tampa and the Henry Plant Museum . . . with beautiful grounds what wind along the Hillsborough River.  It will be posted on my other blog My Florida Paradise.

This post is being linked to one of the most

 awesome blog discoveries I have

 made in quite some time . . .

It is a blog hop/meme of people who love vintage stuff . . . seems like I have been lost in Colorado Lady's blog forever . . . back and forth to the participants in her weekly event and checking out everyone's vintage thingie posts.  I hope to make a weekly visit to the Vintage Thingie Thursday a regular feature of this blog!

Even if you don't have a blog post to link, it is so cool to check out everyone else's posts and discover some new blogs.  I've recently found some that are dedicated to collecting vintage kitchen stuff . . . that post is coming soon . . . I'll share links for those of you who also love that kind of vintage stuff :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nostalgic items . . . do you collect them?

Do you collect nostalgic items
 from your childhood?

I remember the day my husband proudly announced that he had thrown away all those boxes of junk magazines and "all those 8 tracks that we don't listen to anymore" that were cluttering up the storage shed.

Thank God my 45's and my mom and nana's 78's
 were safe and secure in the house!  I still have them.

I still have my quadrophonic stereo system!
  Music and anything related to music is special to me.

The "junk magazines" were from way back in the day of the British invasion . . . those teen magazines and "special edition magazines" that featured The Beatles, Herman's Hermits all the way through the breakup of The Beatles, tons of those special magazines of The Monkees . . . and on and on and on.  

Then there were the fashion magazines that were the beginning of the supermodels featuring Twiggy . . . OMG . . . you can imagine my horror.  I even had all the magazines that featured Ali McGraw, who started her career as a model . . . she was one of my favorite role models.  I'm a big time pack rat and so nostalgic for things from my past that I loved.

I even saved some of my favorite outfits from way back . . . every once in a while I like to look at them . . . at least the ones that made it through "the cut" . . .

One of the things I love to do is go to antique shops that have the old kitchenware my nana used in our kitchen as I learned to cook by her side.  I have a lot of that stuff and guard them like the treasures they are, but I use them everyday.  In particular, I love those old clay bread bowls.  

Red enamelware is my favorite!

Although practical kitchen stuff is what I love to pick up at flea markets and antique stores, I also collect Disney stuff.  There is something about Tinkerbell that takes me back to my childhood!  I love my collection of Tinkerbell figurines . . . and the Christmas ornaments.

I still have my first dolly . . . and many of the stuffed animals from my childhood.  Yes . . . I am a terrible pack rat!

I can guess that many of you guys still have the comic books from your childhood . . . many of you ladies still have your first Barbie.  If you didn't save them from your childhood and then ended up in the trash like much of my stuff,  have you tried to replace them?

What are some of the
 nostalgic items you still have?

Or wish you still did?


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