Looking for Mad Men in All the Right Places

Okay, the gig is almost up and this is the final season of that incredible series Mad Men. It's a well known fact that coupled with a dynamic cast and story line, the show helped spur a trend in Modernist interior design. From the 50s to the 70s, Mid Century designs have found a rebirth in homes and offices all over the country and even current architectural planning has hearkened back to the latter half of the 20th Century. Danish Modern is hot again and Ikea, Crate & Barrel and Pier One Imports get it....more

1964 Sears Catalog

My friend stopped in at the shop the other day and brought me a copy of a 1964 Sears Spring Catalog. I can't believe how current some of it seemed, except for the prices, of course ......more

How to Get That Chic Summertime "Mad Men" Look Part II

In a previous blog (see March 25) I discussed two major jewelry importers that flooded the market from the end of WWII until the early 80s. Japan was clearly a master of glass making as was W. Germany, but in my opinion, W. Germany far exceeded any market (including the USA) regarding plastic jewelry. Whether for fun or a sophisticated occasion, the variations and colors were endless. The first picture featured is a W. Germany four strand glass necklace from the 1960s....more

How to Get That Chic Summertime "Mad Men" Look Part I

After WWII, Japan and W. Germany products flooded the American market, and where Czechoslovakia had once been queen of the glass bead, these two imports took over. Vintage Japan jewelry has always been on the top of my "to die for" list, especially when I find a necklace of glass beads or faux pearls. But one shouldn't forget the vast array of pastel colored molded plastic beauties that were so popular in the late 60s to early 70s....more