Vintage Shopping with the Vintage Traveler

My husband likes to remind me that it’s not shopping unless you buy something.  Maybe I should have titled this post Vintage Looking, because I do I lot more looking than I do buying.  I have learned that one does not have to buy all the great stuff in order to appreciate it.

Still, I often second guess myself, and the early 1930s hat above is a good example of that.  I love everything about it except the green color and the fact that it would not fit in neatly with my other early 30s things.

I can’t help but think about how handy this non-electric clothes dryer would be, not to mention the energy saving factor.

I’m really not very tempted by old Coca-Cola items, but I do love to see how they portrayed women in their sports attire.  Seems to me this model would be better off with a mug of hot cocoa than with the Coke.

I could use a bit of help with this dressage helmet. Any equestrians reading this, please enlighten me.

I recently bought a fantastic riding suit from the late 1930s or early 40s, and I’m now looking for a helmet.  They are quite commonly found, but I have no idea on how to put a date on them except to look at the interior construction and at the materials used.  Newer ones often have faux leather straps and plastic findings.  Does this one look 1930s to you experts?

I really don’t need another pair of 1950s pants, but these were tempting, mainly because of the hang tag.

Blue Bell was manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Maybe I was wrong to leave them behind.

Also interesting is the line on the tag, “Ask for my Color Mate.”  It appears that they were also making matching separates.

I had never even heard of this Asheville business, H. Redwood & Co.  The address no longer exists, as that stretch of Patton Avenue was demolished in the 1960s for the construction of the Northwestern Bank Building (now the BB&T Bank Building).

A visit to Asheville is not complete for the vintage lover without a peek into Magnolia Beauregard.  It’s worth it just to see the owner’s collection of mannequins and hat heads.

For a very short time in the mid 1960s, the surfer shirt was all the rage for boys and girls.  I really don’t see a lot of them, but a seller at Metrolina in Charlotte had this one.  That label and hang tag are everything.

If this had been one size larger, and if I was sure I could get the discoloration out, I’d have bought this one to wear.  Again, look at that great hang tag.

And finally, I thought this was a camping kit, but the tag identified it as some officer’s mess kit during WWII.  Still, wouldn’t this be great for a bit of vintage auto camping?


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18 responses to “Vintage Shopping with the Vintage Traveler

  1. Ah, that green hat is lovely! Really, if you’d seen any of the many things you’d have liked to bring home, you would have. It was just the lack of them that caused you to come home empty-handed.
    Of course that’s shopping!


  2. Ah, that sailboat print shirt is such fun!


  3. Well, as a Californian (okay, so I was born in Chicago, but still…) I have to say that I have never seen a surfer shirt that looks like that.


  4. Lizzie – that riding helmet looks very similar to the one my horsey pal had in the 1970s, before they started to look like plastic crash helmets. The style is so classic it may not have changed much for decades, but I’m sure you can suss out any usage of certain materials (plastic vs metal etc) to hone in on when it might be made. Or maybe there are old riding catalogs online you could look up? I’m thinking Dover Saddelry etc. Hope that helps!


  5. As a native (northern) Californiana, I was also surprised by the surfing shirt– I’d have guessed it was a cheap pajama. (But I wasn’t a real LA surfer.) Thanks for the link to your long post on these shirts — but I’m not up to watching all those old surfer movies for a glimpse of one!
    The sailboat shirt is great — love the safe boating tag — but I couldn’t help thinking, “Surely the first rule of boat safety is ‘Keep the boat right side up!’ “


  6. Jessamyn

    Victorian Trading sells a similarly constructed repro clothes dryer. I own one – it has a nice look, will bear a lot more weight than the slight wobble of the arms would have you believe, and I use it all the time for my hang-to-dry garments, which are manifold.


  7. Lol–we should swap shopping partners, Lizzie! My DH would love me to do more “vintage looking”, less bringing of actual finds into our over-cluttered home.

    I have a pair of Blue Bell Jeanies (also with hang tag) in forest green denim, early 60s I think.

    You are incredibly disciplined to have left all the goodies above behind. Thanks for sharing the “sights” with us!


  8. Susan Maresco

    I wore one of those dressage helmets in the 1950s but only in competitions. They were darned uncomfortable but considered “de rigueur” back then, meant to protect you and make you look the part of a pro. We all had to wear them. Mine tied with a ribbon, but that is all I recall about it.


  9. Marc

    We finally broke down and actually bought one of those vintage non-electric clothes dryers and hardly a day goes by that we don’t use it to dry something. Best part is that it folds down flat for low profile when not in use.


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