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New Twist on an Old Print

If you’ve been a Vintage Traveler reader for a while, you will recognize the little photo album above.  It’s from the 1960s, made by a German company called KEK.  The last time I looked, they were still in business, making a variety of things.

I also have that print in a larger album in a different colorway.  Europe was just so cool in the early to mid Sixties!


I was doing my morning scroll through Instagram and came upon this photo.  As you can see, it is pretty much the same print, but with less detail.  As it turns out this print is on a dress that was sold by a UK clothing company called Joules.  Since that company is only twenty-five years old, we know that the fabric is a reproduction of the original KEK print.

The dress is adorable, and is for sale on the Instagram account, @trexesandtiaras, which gave me permission to use the photos.  If I were 20 and in the UK, I’d buy it.

It does bring up the question, yet again, of vintage prints being reproduced.  As I’ve said before, I’m making no judgment on how this fabric got reproduced.  As far as I know, the maker could have had KEK’s permission.  Or it is equally possible that some fabric “designer” found one of the 1960’s albums, or worse yet, photos online, and merely copied the print.  Well, it’s not an exact copy.  Note that on the license plate a 7 was changed to 3.

Joules clothing was tagged in our discussion, so maybe they will shed some light on this fabric.

There have been many times when I’ve been confused over a fabric, not being able to decide if it is vintage or just a new product made to look vintage.  The more I look at modern fabrics, the more I can see the difference.  The modern reproduction is cute, but put side by side there is a great difference in the detailing.  Still, I’d sure love to have a skirt of that fabric.


Filed under Novelty Prints, Viewpoint

My New Favorite from KEK

I really don’t believe in luck, but if I did I’d say this was one lucky find.  It came to me by way of  reader and fellow blogger, Jo of Joyatri.  She had seen my post about a KEK album I’d found, and emailed me to let me know she had this one.

She then sent photos, and I was so happy to see that it is in what is probably a print from the early 1960s.  I already had two items from this print, but in a different colorway.  This time we can see the entire print, including lots of graphic that are not on my other, smaller items.

I had always assumed that the hitchhiker in the left corner was a girl!

Cute jaywalking kitty-cat!

The suitcase strapped onto the side of the bottom car reads “Roma”.  I’d be smiling too if I were headed for Rome!

According to research done by friend Nathalie, KEK was a German maker of albums and such.  They might still be in business, but I can’t imagine that anything made by them today could possibly be this cool.


Filed under Collecting, Novelty Prints, Vintage Travel

More of an Old Favorite Novelty Print

I first posted this little vintage Paris themed change purse last year after I received it from Joules Vintage.  I was just taken by the cute print, but it was such a tiny scrap that it left me wanting more.

I was delighted to stumble across another piece last month.  This little photo album came from an etsy seller in France, The Hope Tree.  I had suspected that the print was European in origin, and while I love being right, it does make it a bit more unlikely that I’ll round up more examples.  Maybe an extended flea marketing trip to France would be in order??…

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Filed under Curiosities, Novelty Prints, Viewpoint

My New Favorite Novelty Print

First, sorry about the overly dark photos!

Now to the important stuff.  I got this little cutie about a month ago from the incomparable Joules.  As you can see, it has all the ingredients of a fantastic novelty print:  travel, early 60s, and Scottie dog.  The little purse is stamped Western Germany and is nylon with a rubberized finish inside.  It closes with a metal zipper.

And I’m sure you have also noticed its shortcoming – the fact that there is so darned little of it.  So now I’m on a mission.  I must have more of this print.  I’d like a tote bag, please.

Seriously, there has to be more of this out there, so please keep an eye out for me, would you?


Posted by Joules:

A perfect storm combination, of a novelty print for Lizzie! I’m so thrilled to see it here, and very happy you love it. Hooray! On the lookout for companion pieces, you know I am.

Monday, October 19th 2009 @ 9:58 AM

Posted by Amari:

Love it!

Monday, October 19th 2009 @ 7:03 PM

Posted by Tom Tuttle from Tacoma:

if i see a tote, i’m keeping it for myself.:P

Tuesday, October 20th 2009 @ 5:46 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

TTfT, you should have a little devil icon by that post!

Tuesday, October 20th 2009 @ 7:49 PM


Filed under Collecting, Novelty Prints