Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer is here!!

Time for a splash! The necessary items for summer…

1957 7up Ad | re.collection art store

For all of us who actually used one, check out the swim cap! They must have been recycling back then 'cause it looks like shredded rubber!

1961 Catalina Ad | re.collection art store
1936 GE Ad | re.collection art store

We have our own built in natural sun lamp! Whew!

Antropologie Swimwear: (1) Natalie One-Piece | (2) Color-Pop Maillot | (3) Ruffle-Wrapped Halter Suit

Eventually styles seem to go full circle…

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

For the Vintage Sleuth!

Established in the early 1900's, detective magazines, were some of the most widely read American magazines of the time.  
The 1930s, was the so-called Golden Age of the detective magazine when the major crimes figures of the Depression, like Bonnie and Clyde and the Barker gang roamed the Midwest. Supposedly, these bandits were themselves avid readers of the genre. As television grew into our main source of crime news, detective magazines went into decline and today are virtually extinct. Here's just a few from our store.  

Inside Detective 1958

Startling Detective 1943

Inside Detective 1958
Vintage, retro, campy...what's not to like?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mad for Mad Magazine!

Founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, Mad Magazine's claim to fame is its impact on the entire cultural landscape of the 20th century, satirizing all aspects of life and pop culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures, Its mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is typically the star of the magazine's cover, with his face often replacing a celebrity or character that is lampooned within the issue. With a silly grin, his well-familiar trademark phrase is "What, me worry?"


Mad Magazine influenced three generations of humorists and easily provoked critical thinking about everything and anyone - politicians, the media, advertising, cartoon characters, you name it. In 2007, Robert Boyd of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "All I really need to know I learned from Mad magazine", going on to assert: "Plenty of it went right over my head, of course, but that's part of what made it attractive and valuable. Things that go over your head can make you raise your head a little higher. The magazine instilled in me a habit of mind, a way of thinking about a world rife with false fronts, small print, deceptive ads, booby traps, treacherous language, double standards, half truths, subliminal pitches and product placements; it warned me that I was often merely the target of people who claimed to be my friend; it prompted me to mistrust authority, to read between the lines, to take nothing at face value, to see patterns in the often shoddy construction of movies and TV shows; and it got me to think critically in a way that few actual humans charged with my care ever bothered to."

Mad Magazine, a piece of history…worth remembering and collecting. You can find more in our Etsy store.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

When you're done celebrating - repurpose your empties! They make great upcycled vases!

We all know that today is really just a nice excuse to drink Coronas and Margaritas, still there is some real history to this day. The 5th of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Although it is not Mexico's Independence Day, as many believe, this day is celebrated throughout the state of Puebla, Mexico and most certainly throughout The United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and of course a good reason to indulge a bit!

Meanwhile, back to those Coronas and Margaritas. Try these cool recipes, we just had to share, from Bakers Royale...

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

Corona Beer Popsicles

As you go out there to celebrate…have fun & be safe!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Bid on This!

To support NEWH and their mission of education and scholarships, our friends at Pentimento donated our original, three-dimensional, memorabilia collage featuring The Breakers Hotel of Palm Beach Florida, to be auctioned off from May 12th through May 23rd in conjunction with HDExpo in Las Vegas. Show your support by placing a bid on this and many other fun and unique items!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Take some salvaged canvases. These were gessoed back to white, then stained with paint.

 Choose some vintage frames.

Add a few pages of antique sheet music from the 1870's, varnished onto the canvas.

A little bit of paint.

A bit of artistry added next.

And voila! Our "Song Birds" triptych,  created by Dina Petruzzi, using repurposed items.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jazz in AZ!

April is a big month for jazz, here in the valley of the sun. So we thought it a great idea to share some of our jazz inspired art and a few collectibles, too! All of these are available for purchase in our Attic store!

Jazz Aurora | artist: Dina Petruzzi | re.collection art
Fabulissimo | artist: Dina Petruzzi | re.collection art
Jazz & Swinging Percussion | Attic Store
The Dave Brubeck Quartet | Attic Store
Jazz Ambassador: Louis Armstrong | Attic Store

While we're in a jazzy mood, check out one of the longest running jazz events in the world. The 2011 edition of the PARADISE VALLEY JAZZ PARTY Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th. Approximately 17 hours of music will be performed, including some of the most exciting jazz musicians in the jazz world performing a variety of music from straight ahead jazz, a bit of blues, some New Orleans jazz, Count Basie music, and more.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Walter Foster Art Instruction.

More than 80 years ago, Walter T. Foster—a well-known artist, instructor, and collector—began producing self-help art instruction books from his home in Laguna Beach, California. He originally wrote, illustrated, printed, bound, packaged, shipped, and distributed them himself. Although Walter passed away in 1981 at the age of 90, his legacy continues. We have 25 original Walter Foster books available in our Attic store!  We wanted to share a few. Aren't the covers great? They have a cool retro feel to them.

This one reminds me…The Desert Botanical Garden's Spring Butterfly Exhibit is going on until May 8th. If you haven't already experienced this event, it is so worth it! It's almost magical as you stroll among hundreds of fluttering butterflies.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's the Final Four!

Submitted by Andrew Medway.

One of my favorite aspects of vintage collectibles is the aspect of getting to play amateur detective. I particularly love learning about the people who may not be household names but have lived interesting and productive lives. On the eve of the Final Four a basketball story seemed appropriate.

In the 1947 yearbook for Texas Wesleyan College (now Texas Wesleyan University) we found this entry for Clifton McNeely, basketball all-American and the nation's leading scorer that year. McNeely, born in 1919, was no youngster having already served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After the 1947 season McNeely was drafted by the Pittsburgh Ironmen with the first overall selection of 1947 Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the NBA. In a decision that if made today would shock the world, McNeely chose not to play professional basketball opting instead to stay in Texas and coach high school basketball. In thirteen years as the head coach at Pampa High School in Pampa, Texas, McNeely won four state championships. McNeely posted a 320-43 record, winning back-to-back titles in 1953-54 and 1958-59. From 1952-55, the Pampa High School Harvesters won an impressive 72 straight games. The gym at Pampa was named the McNeely Fieldhouse in his honor and he was later inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Wesleyan University Hall of Fame. And what happened to his fiance Peg? They were married on June 14, 1947. They had three children and their son Phil went on to become a successful basketball coach in his own right, winning three Class 5A high school state championships at Duncanville.

In January 2011 McNeely (who passed away in 2003) was honored at a reunion of 20 of his former players at halftime of a Pampa High basketball game. "I think you have to talk about the man he was first of all," said Jim Bond, who played for McNeely's first two state championship teams. "In basketball as in life he was a great role model for all of us."

Here's to Clifton McNeely, athlete, educator and role model. Thanks for letting us have a peek at your inspiring life.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Citrus Crate Art. More Than Just a Pretty Picture!

This was cutting edge advertising in its time. The Los Angeles Times just recently ran a very interesting article about this testament to a bygone era.

Here are a few originals available for purchase from our very own collection of fruit crate labels.

Redlands Dahlia Sunkist | 1940's | re.collection art store
La Patera (The Pond) Lemons | 1930's | re.collection art store
Victoria Brand March Seedless Grapefruit | 1930's | re.collection art store

Check out our Etsy store, too!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Women, Wine & Art Walk.

We had a great time at the Women, Wine & Art Walk event on Thursday night in Scottsdale. Artist, Lori Landis was our host. She began the evening by sharing her story about her art and her creative process. She is a truly inspiring person. Her paintings are vibrant with color, texture and brushstrokes that draw you in. You can visit Lori at her working studio/gallery every Thursday "Art Walk Night".

Zen World VII | 39in x 39in | Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
Within the Garden | 24in x 24in | Collage
Sacred Mandala | 24in x 30in | Acrylic
Ana Cordova, Lori Landis & Dina Petruzzi

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In memory of Elizabeth Taylor…

©Don Macpherson 1986 | Leading Ladies
Original Hollywood Test Print | re.collection art archives
©Paramount Pictures 1953 | Elephant Walk | re.collection art store