Thursday, April 17, 2014

Have you checked out our Antiques site yet?

Vintages had had a site for selling antiques for many years. Have you checked it out lately? We have added quite a few items recently. Silver from Peru, wedding photographs from yesteryear, miniature books and vintage jewelry. Have a look!

We also have a blog that just features antiques ... not just photos and selling, but a bit of history and discussion about the items.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vintage Wedding Photographs

Weddings are such a happy event. From the first availability of commercial photography, couples have been commemorating their special day with photographs. Early photos, tintypes or cabinet cards, were almost always posed portraits due to the length of exposure times, but also because that was the custom of the day. By the mid-1900s photos showing the happy couple walking down the aisle, skipping down the stairs, or rushing off to the chariot to speed away on their honeymoon became more common. However, the posed photographs of the couple and of the whole wedding party continue to this day ... with both still and video images.

Over the years we have stocked a nice selection of these old photographs. I love them because they tell a story. The wedding gown. The hair. The flowers. The jewelry. They all tell something about the bride and her times. Some even have the photographer's information embossed on the photo. Others have the names of the happy couple on the back. Take a look at some the photos in our selection.

This 1890s image shows the customary pose of the time ... one of the couple seated with the other standing. The painted backdrop and staged seating are clearly of the period. The Victorian wicker chair is wonderful. The bride's high-neck dress has gorgeous lace work and puffy sleeves and she is wearing a long strand of pearls. The elaborate floral bouquet is beautiful. (Cabinet Card c1890 - $12.00)
Similar to the photo above, this image is from around 1902. The painted backdrop and staged seating are again clearly of the period. The groom sits in another wonderful Victorian wicker chair. The bride's dress has gorgeous lace work and she is wearing a cameo on the high-neck collar. The elaborate floral bouquet is beautiful. (Cabinet Card c1902 - $15.00)
This image is from the turn of the last century. The painted backdrop and staged seating are again clearly of the period. The groom sits in Victorian corner chair and there is a wicker table off to the right. The bride's dress heavily layered and her hairdo is topped with what look like a wax flower wreath. The floral bouquet, though less elaborate, is still beautiful. (Cabinet Card c1900 - $15.00)
This image has a gorgeous warm brown tone to it. Clearly a late-Victorian photograph sporting all the features of the above cabinet cards. The bride's layered dress and lace hat look quite conservative, but here flower bouquet is extremely elaborate. While the bride shows no obvious jewelry, the groom has a fancy lapel pin and a watch chain on his vest. (4-1/4 x 7-1/2 Photograph c1900 - $12.00)
The groom in this turn-of-the-century wedding photo looks a bit stiff! The bride however looks quite relaxed sitting a lovely chair with simple turned wood legs. She is wearing a fashionable hat, a long strand of pearls and a wonderful pleated skirt. Again, the flower bouquet is very elaborate. (6x8 Photograph c1900 - $12.00)

The groom is seated in a simple wooden chair in this turn-of-the-century wedding photo. The bride standing next to him is wearing a fashionable hat, a simple necklace with a pendant and a gorgeous dress with sensational ribbon work. The flower bouquet is a nice spray of roses. (7x9 Photograph c1900 - $12.00)
The bride and groom in this early-1920s photo both look whistfully outward. She is wearing a fashionable flapper hat, a simple strand of pearls and holds a traditional flower bouquet. (6x8 Photograph c1920 - $12.00)
Lovely wedding photograph in a fancy Art Deco cardboard presentation frame. The bride is wearing a stylish floral hat and a triple strand of pearls. The floral bouquet is all roses. Note the simple Art Deco backdrop. (8x10 Photograph in Presentation Frame c1925 - $24)
This must have been a summer wedding, as this 1950s groom is wearing a white tux dinner jacket. The bride is wearing a full satin dress and a strand of pearls. Very much of the period. (8x10 Photograph c1960s - $18.00)
Military wedding photos are a great collectible. In this 1950s image the groom is in full dress uniform. The bride, while beautiful, is wearing a somewhat understated gown and holds a bouquet of simple flowers with long flowing ribbons. (8x10 Photograph c1960s - $18.00)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Welcome Spring with Colorful Birds and Ribbons

With trees and shrubs in full bloom, birds flitting about and the smell of spring in the air, it's time to bring out the bright, colorful spring decor. As usual we have lots of new items for the new year and the birds perched in cages, trees branches and swings can be found at Vintages. This is a new line for us and we love it!

The Colorful Paper Bird on the Swing is just $14.95
Bird Cages range in size from *" to 16" • Priced at $24.95 to $58.95
 Build your own nest, or talk to us about some nests that we have in stock.

Unique and Beautiful, this Cheesecloth Flower Pillow 14" across can be yours for $69.95
Colorful Ribbons (Burlap shown) from $3.95 per yard • The Burlap Holder is $43.95
Add another Spring Touch with Festive Votive Candle Holders ($16.95 each)
All these are now in stock, but are not available online. Contact us via email if you are interested. We ship worldwide.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Shirlie Montgomery Exhibit Opens April 14th at History San Jose

History San José Presents a Photo Exhibit:
Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938

San Jose, CA – March 25, 2014 – The life of Shirlie Montgomery was a colorful one. From her love of photography, sports, and journalistic photography, she was in a unique position to capture history.

History San José will present a photography exhibit based upon a collection of her pictures. Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938, will open to the public Monday, April 14, at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park.

HSJ issued the above release announcing the opening of the exhibit based on the life and works of our friend Shirlie Montgomery. The majority of the exhibit is built around the archive of photos, documents and memorabilia that we donated to HSJ last fall. HSJ has included items from their own collection, much of it from Leonard McKay and Lou’s Village, and items on loan from the Glenn Neece family, who owned the Ringside Bar in San Jose. It is fitting that the exhibit is being held in the Leonard& David McKay Gallery, as Shirlie and Leonard were long-time friends. The exhibit is planned to run from April 14th to August 10th.

According to Ken Middlebrook, Collections Manager for HSJ, the exhibit will be broken into three basic areas: Shirlie’s commercial work, her personal life and her relationship with wrestling. Another room will have interactive activities that deal with photography.

If you enjoy local history or are a wrestling fan, this is a can’t miss exhibit.

Additional information about Shirlie can be found on the blog Shirlie Montgomery - Girl Photographer.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Love Your Cat! Love Your Dog!

Dog and Cat Magnets • Create Your Own Statement
Los Gatans have a special place in their lives for their best friends -- their cats and dogs! We have a wonderful selection of items to help you express your love for your furry friends. We recently added pottery bowls, hand crafted pendants, magnets, metal art clocks, ornaments and more... all Handcrafted and most Made in America!

Pottery Bowls and Mugs from Salem Oregon • $24.95 to $29.95 each

Handcrafted Metal Dog and Cat Clocks from Columbia • $45.95 each
Handcrafted Pendants from $12.95 • Ask about custom pieces

Card Holders • Unique American Made Designs • $5.49 each

Ceramic Welcome Tiles from Janet Ontko • $49.95 each

Dogs, Dogs and More Dogs
Jendala Art Woof and Meow Ornaments, Bells, Chimes and Key Chains from $9.95 each
Come on in and see what else we might have!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Finds in Atlanta

We got back from the Atlanta 2014 Market a couple of weeks ago. We found a whole lot of new and exciting products for you. Lots of Handmade in America items which I will be posting in our Made in America blog. Below is just a preview of the wonderful treasures we found. These will be arriving over the next few weeks.

Watch for these and more ...

Hand Painted and Handcrafted Cat Clocks
Hand Painted and Handcrafted Dog Clocks
Compasses ... A few new designs and restocked our old favorites
Crosses ... Great Renaissance Designs
Brass Key Chains with Telescopes, Whistles, Binoculars and Compasses
Elegant Dishes in Sea Urchin and Bird's Nest Designs
A Variety of New Magnifiers
Frames, including this Gorgeous Star Burst Frame
A Truly Colorful and Creative Collection of Birds, Cages and Such

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014 Radiant Orchid

Pantone has announced the Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. Radiant Orchid is described as a purple hue that blooms with confidence and magical warmth, that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

In their Spring Fashion Report, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.

In women's fashion designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.
The Pantone Press Release is available here.
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