Greetings from Portland

Patrick and I are in Portland for a couple of days for his work, and I tagged along to spend some time with friends, see my dad, and do a bit of shopping. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to share more of my vintage postcard collection! This time I bring you vintage Portland postcards!

I can’t help but say that I fee like these postcards totally lie about what the sky looks like in Portland! It’s not blue with little fluffy clouds. It’s more just grey…because the sky is just full of clouds! Seeing blue sky is a rarity in Portland, and when you do, you instantly think the city had a population boom! Even as I type, it’s grey out, with a chance of rain.

Anyway, I’m off to shop!

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Palm Springs Postcards

Eons ago I shared a selection of vintage Los Angeles postcards I had collected over the years, mentioned it would be a series, sharing other vintage postcards from my collection. Well, here we are well over a year later and I am finally going to share some more gems with you! I decided to share vintage Palm Springs postcards, as Patrick and I just returned from there, after spending the weekend for some of the Modernism Week events, and I don’t have anything to show for it! So vintage postcards it is!

One of my favorite areas in Palm Springs is La Plaza, a shopping center from the 1930s located in the heart of Palm Springs.

Here are some bonuses regarding La Plaza. I snapped these enlargements of articles and pamphlets during my 2013 visit to Palm Springs. Click to enlarge them and read what La Plaza offered in the 1930s and 40s.

To see what La Plaza looks like these days, check out the following posts.
La Plaza
La Plaza Dos
Out and About in Palm Springs

I’ll end with two postcards from Smoke Tree Ranch.

Smoke Tree Ranch is made up of privately owned homes, as well as rentals for getaways and facilities for events. One of its most notable frequenters was Walt Disney. Walt loved Smoke Tree Ranch, and could often be spotted sporting a tie featuring the Smoke Tree Ranch brand embroidered on it. In fact so frequent was it, when the first Partners statue (the statue of Walt and Mickey) was created for Disneyland Park in 1993, the brand was placed on the tie. Look for it next time you visit the Disneyland Resort. You can read more about Walt and Smoke Tree Ranch here.

I hope you enjoyed! Hopefully it won’t be over a year between this and my next vintage postcard post!

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Greetings from Los Angeles

I seem to have caught a slight summer cold, and have been trying to rest up as much as possible lately, especially since Cast Member canoe races have officially kicked off, and I’m overjoyed to be a part of this tradition at the Disneyland Resort. With all of that being said, I sadly haven’t been out much, but this offered the perfect moment to introduce a new series!

One thing I don’t often admit to collecting is postcards. Usually they are ones of local interest, or perhaps have a cute pin-up cartoon on them. But I recently realized I have amassed quite a California collection, and I thought it would be fun to share them, like I did with the vintage photographs series I had sometime ago, which I may like to pick up again, as I might still have a few stragglers that never got posted.

I usually prefer the old linen postcards, which the fair majority of these will be, but of course there are a few glossy ones that may sneak in here and there throughout the posts. And what better way to kick off this series than some old images of Los Angeles? I can just hear Sid Hudgens now, “Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, and the orange groves stretch as far as the eye can see. There are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. Every working man can have his own house, and inside every house, a happy, all-American family. You can have all this, and who knows…you could even be discovered, become a movie star…or at least see one. Life is good in Los Angeles…it’s paradise on Earth.”

Look for more vintage postcard posts in the future!

How about you, do you collect postcards? Vintage or maybe new ones from your travels?

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Gifts from Afar

There are many things I love about the vintage community, and especially the vintage blogging community. There are so many women I have met through blogging that, while we may have never shared a warm hug of hello, I would call a friend. Through our mutual blogs, we peek into each others’ lives, learn about one another, and through comments and Facebook we build friendships over the internet.

One of these persons is Emileigh, of Flashback Summer. Not only does Emileigh have a very inspiring and interesting blog, she is also very sweet, and she recently thought of me when some Egyptian items came into her possession. She was very aware of my passion for Egypt, and my “adventurer chic” look, and she even did a guest post with her own spin on the look! Plus she used to live in Egypt! How neat is that? So I was very pleasantly surprised when a packaged arrived the other day with darling items from far off Egypt!

I can’t wait to wear the necklace, and Emileigh even mentioned that she had seen the coins made into jewelry! Something I may do myself one of these days! Thank you once again for your kindness and thoughtfulness, Emileigh!

Vegas Finds & More

After visiting the Atomic Museum, I did a bit of shopping at some of the vintage shops. Surprisingly I only bought one thing. Just a purse from Amberjoy’s Vintage Closet, though her store was quite lovely, and filled with beautiful things!

I bought the purse for a few reasons, one is that I failed to bring along a second purse for an evening outing, and this one happened to go with what I was planning on wearing, and I have a feeling I would have bought it anyway, as white purses are kind of hard to come by, and I only have two.

Patrick and I spent the evening at Frankie’s Tiki Room with two of our friends who had moved to Vegas just a few months before our move to California. Like us, they love vintage, and we had a delightful time chatting and sipping fabulous tiki drinks. We also came home with three new tiki mugs.

Patrick and I decided we would only collect tiki mugs from places we go, so we won’t get too crazy with the tiki. The Frankenstien’s Monster mug was a no-brainer on purchasing, as it was just plain cool, as well as the place was called Frankie’s. Then the other two were so Vegas-y, we had to get ’em.

During the course of the evening, our friends invited me over the following day while Patrick was at his conference. We spent a lovely afternoon chatting, listening to records, and eventually we did a bit of sight-seeing, and looked at various old celebrity homes, and then visited an antique mall, rushing through it in the last 30 minutes that it was open, but I came home with quite possibly the most amazing belt!

Yes, that’s a metal cobra shaped belt. I nearly fell over when I saw it, and when I saw the price tag, $15.00! I’m pretty excited to integrate it into an outfit soon!

After, we stopped in at the Westgate, formally the Las Vegas Hilton, where Elvis had his final performance, and we peeked around at the variety of Elvis items they had on display.

I had plans to go to the Mob Museum, but ended up having such a blast into the evening with Sarah and Nolan, that I ran out of time! The next morning Patrick and I slated the Neon Museum before hitting the road back home, but when I arrived at the hotel, Patrick had returned, feeling under the weather, and still felt crummy in the morning, and we decided against the Neon Museum.

While I’m bummed to have missed out on a few things, I’m sure we will be back! Sadly, that does wrap up my Vegas posts! Not much, I know! I was dreadful at taking photos, mostly because a lot of the time I left the camera at the hotel! But I do have one more post about our drive home! So look for that soon!

Mele Kalikimaka!

Today Patrick and I went to Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for the International Tiki Marketplace. While my interest in tiki is not as deep as some, my brother is really into tiki, and I felt it would be a great opportunity to find him a unique Christmas present.

There were loads of swell vendors, each ranging from artists selling their own wares, which ranged from jewelry to art pieces to clothing, to those selling vintage tiki goods, including mugs, clothing and decor. And we couldn’t help getting something for ourselves too. Patrick came home with a swell shirt, and I got myself a really neat purse, one that I think will work well for both tiki and adventurer chic outfits.

Outfit
Sweater (part of a sweater set) and purse: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Skirt: Bettie Page Clothing (now Tatyana)
Belt: Belonged to my grand
Pinstriped Shoes & Earrings: Gifts
TCB Necklace: Ebay
Hawaiian Charm Bracelet: Gift from my dad

A Return to the Rose City

After only a month in Orange, Patrick and I had to make a trip back to Portland. Our trip was mainly for a friend’s wedding, but also for Patrick’s work, and it also happened to fall around the time of the October antique show at Portland’s Expo Center.

I honestly didn’t find too much at Expo, but I also did a bit of shopping around Portland, and I thought I would share with you my treasures that I brought back home!

The October show is an interesting and fun one, while not having as much clothing as the summer show, the October show boasts a lot of Halloween decor (as it takes place the weekend before Halloween) and Christmas decor as it is the last big show before the holiday. I was tempted by a great number of pieces for both holidays, but ultimately only came home with two Halloween pieces, which will sadly have to be tucked away until next year. The first was this dapper paper cat.

The other piece of Halloween decor is this redheaded witch pin-up from Petty. I often see this piece as a calendar page, which is smaller, so I was delighted to find this larger centerfold.

And speaking of records, I also bought this Disneyland Haunted Mansion album, which also features an illustrated story too.

What is so wonderful and interesting about this story inside is that it features the legendary Hatbox Ghost, even describing the ghost’s gag of his head disappearing and reappearing in this hatbox. It is this creative gag that was the ghost’s downfall, as late 60s technology proved not up to the task to make the gag convincing. He was removed from the attraction very shortly after the Haunted Mansion’s grand opening in August of 1969, and has since seeped into legend and become a beloved icon of Haunted Mansion fans. Sometimes I wonder why Disneyland does not bring back the Hatbox Ghost, as I think the technology of today would make the gag work now.

I added to my anti-Vietnam War/LBJ button collection. These ones are some of the harshest ones I’ve come across. You can read and see more of my collection here.

I couldn’t help swinging by my old haunt at Antique Alley to peek in to see what was new and visit with my pals there. While walking about, I stumbled upon an original of my favorite game ever, Barbie’s Queen of the Prom. The game was reproduced in 1994 and it quickly became a staple of slumber parties at my house. The funny thing about the game is that the boyfriend I always had to have (as part of the game includes getting a boyfriend) looks a lot like Pat in some ways, redish hair and glasses!

I also bought two blouses, though they have already managed to land themselves in my repairs pile! But I’m sure you’ll see them soon!

Well that wraps up my treasures from Portland! I hope to share more of our apartment with you soon too!