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1968 Democratic National Convention

A turbulent year in the United States, 1968 was also the year of the Chicago Democratic National Convention. Chicago braced for antiwar protesters and Mayor Daley brought the full force of law and order to meet them. Riots ensued outside of the Convention. Inside delegates were nominating Vice President Hubert S. Humphrey as the presidential nominee and Senator Edmund Muskie as the vice presidential nominee.

A relic from the convention, a conventioneers vest, a historical collectible. You can find it here.

1933 Underwood Portable Typewriter

Dad was an Underwood typewriter repairman in Manhattan in the early 1950s. He used to tell us a story of how much gum eraser would be piled underneath the keys making the typewriter inoperable. If anyone had looked under the typewriter, they would not have needed a repairman!

This is a vintage portable Underwood Typewriter. The 1933 (699483) typewriter was sold as a portable typewriter with its own case. The typewriter is in fantastic cosmetic condition with sharp graphics, great keys and a nice black finish. The spacebar on the typewriter advances, the keys all move smoothly, sold as found, in non-working condition, for decorative use only. 

Parker Brothers Salem, Massachusetts

Growing up I loved games and saved my weekly allowance to collect them all.  From Milton Bradley to Parker Brothers, if it was a game, it seemed like it was in our house.

The Parker Brothers company began in Salem, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.  The company was founded by George S. Parker in 1883.  In 1888, George’s brother joined the company giving it it’s new name, Parker Brothers.

Parker Brothers went on to create the most famous of all board games, Monopoly.  The company had a long, successful run creating beloved board games and puzzles.

The company is currently a subsidiary of the toy company, Hasbro, another New England company.

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Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Pre WWII 1941 Model 221

Offered for sale is a wonderful 1941 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine.  This model 221 dates to 1941, serial number: AG005881.  This is a rare blackside model, manufactured in July of ’41.

The machine is in very good condition, with original case, several attachments and includes a 1955 manual.  The bakelite footpedal is icing on the cake!

I’ve attached a clip of me sewing with it, after a wee bit of oil, off she went, sewing perfect stitches without any adjustment from me.

These machines are national treasures, and I’m so pleased to have several to offer serious collectors and sewists.

Please visit my shop at or my website to see more of my vintage sewing items.

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Vintage Casige Toy Sewing Machines

Casige, a toy manufacturer in Germany, made beautiful toy sewing machines from 1902 until 1975.  The toys were used to teach girls how to sew, a necessary skill at the time.  Post World War II machines are marked “Made in Germany, British Zone.

These machines are so well made that many of them still work today.  They are a fantastic collectible for the toy collector and sewist alike.  I decorate my sewing room with them and admire them for their attention to detail and lovely graphics.  Some of my collection are for sale in my Etsy shop:

Casige Toy Sewing Machine Model 121

Casige Toy Sewing Machine Model 1470

Casige Toy Sewing Machine Model 1449 

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Madame Alexander Doll Collecting

When I was very young, Madame Alexander dolls had already been established as a highly coveted collectible.  My mom admired the dolls and let me know that they were very expensive and not to expect one.  Well, when I was about 8 years old, I was surprised to receive a Madame Alexander France doll of my very own.  She stayed on a shelf in my bedroom for many years.  Alas, when I was in my early 20s, I sold my doll (and two early Shirley Temples) to a collector in order to pay my phone bill:(  When I think of how high the phone bill was in comparison to my paycheck, it’s a wonder I didn’t sell everything I own!

Through the years I’ve come to admire these dolls, not just because of their popularity and high quality, but also because the dolls celebrated women in so many different areas.  For example, the women of opera or authors, or famous women of art.  This is so commendable in this age when celebrities are used to sell toys and dolls.  Hopefully you are able to enjoy these dolls as a collector, but given the nice secondary market, also children have an opportunity to play with them.

Here are some websites to learn more about this very popular doll manufacturer:

Vintage Madame Alexander dolls in my Etsy Shop:

Whiting and Davis Mesh Purses

If you’ve never touched a Whiting and Davis purse, you won’t understand.  The fluidity of the mesh is amazing, the bags shine and yet are incredibly light.

Whiting and Davis has been making mesh handbags since 1892!  The bags have been manufactured in Plainville, Massachusetts; a little ways down the road from Boston.  The original bags were introduced in the Victorian era and were quite elaborate.  The company enjoyed success through out the decades, capturing the eye of hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s.

To read more about the company and learn about its history, please visit their website at

Given the incredibly long history of making purses, it is not difficult to find wonderful vintage pieces to enjoy today.  The styles have proven timeless and given the high quality of manufacture, it is not uncommon to find bags in pristine condition.

Reference sites:


I’ve been fortunate enough to find several purses recently and have them offered on Etsy here:

Vintage Whiting and Davis Gold Mesh Beggar's Bag

Fenton Art Glass – Roses on Ruby

I’ve developed a fairly recent fondness to Fenton Glass due to seeing a couple of Christmas mice in a shop last summer.  It was love at first site.  I now have a small collection and have really come to appreciate the beauty of the glass and the hand painting.

While researching the company, I had learned that they had stopped production in 2011, an over 100 year history as the company started in 1905.  There is extensive research and pages devoted to their loyal fans and collectors have loved their wares for a century.  The items that are in my Etsy shop are from the late 1970’s, a collection call Roses on Ruby.  Ruby red glassware was introduced by Fenton in the 1920s and remained a very popular color.  The hand painting on the two pieces I acquired is wonderful, each artist had a unique flair.  Some collect Fenton by artist, there is that much creativity in each piece.  I found a site that includes signature information by artist which I’ll include below. The company has re-emerged selling jewelry and glass beads.

Etsy Shop Listing

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Suggested Reading:
Fenton Art Glass  Their site has a nice history of the company

Plymouth, Massachusetts Staffordshire Pitcher

This is an appropriate subject for my first post.  Up for sale in my Etsy shop,, I have listed this pitcher:

This Staffordshire pitcher was imported from England by A.S. Burbank of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

In his Pilgrim Bookshop, Alfred S. Burbank (1856-1946) sold souvenirs and pictures by the the artist, George Boughton (1833-1905), who painted famous scenes of the Pilgrims.  Mr. Boughton’s depictions of the Pilgrims was adopted by popular culture and distributed nationally.  Mr. Burbank had a lengthy career, his bookshop was in operation from 1872-1932.

In 1920, Mr. Burbank published one of his several books on the subject, “A Brief History of the Pilgrims”, which was taken from William Bradford’s “History of Plimoth Plantation”.

Mr. Burbank was quite the marketer, his souvenirs are highly collectible and continue to raise in value.

John and Priscilla’s Images
publisher:”Plymouth, Mass., AS Burbank” – Internet Archive

Romantic Story of the Mayflower Pilgrims – Project Gutenberg