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Vintage and Reproduction Franciscan Starburst Mug and Drinking Glass Designs

Feb 19, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The Franciscan Pottery line was launched in 1934 by the Glendale, California pottery company known as Gladding-McBean. The name was changed to Franciscan Ware and in 1954 they released the popular pattern known as Starburst, one of three Modern Americana patterns that were printed on the Eclipse line of china dinnerware. This pattern, created in

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1950s Inspired Design Decal Sheets

Apr 28, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of our latest product lines will help you transform walls, appliances, even your laptop or tablet, instantly. These atomic and boomerang design decal sheets are available in two different sizes. Just peel and stick each decal to any smooth, flat surface. Made in the USA of premium opaque polyester fabric, these high-quality decals have

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Got a Spare $1.9 Million? You Could Buy The Friedman House

Jan 12, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

You just know someone with a disposable income is going to grab this beauty. Designed by A. Quincy Jones, this 1950s Los Angeles home is on the market again. This time around, it’s had a complete makeover. There is plenty to love about this renovated house, which originally sold a few years ago for $1.25

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Instant Decor: Retro Wall Decals

Sep 21, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’re seeking a less permanent and easier solution to wall art decor, look no further than Retro Planet’s new line of removable wall decals. Unlike large framed pieces, wall decals are lightweight and no screws or bolts are necessary. They’re an inexpensive way to add instant splashes of color to any room. Don’t confuse

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Universal’s Totally Retro Resort Opens in 2014

Aug 02, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

Universal Orlando has been working hard to take us back to the ’50s and ’60s. It’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opens in early 2014, and if the pictures we’re seeing so far are any indication, the only futuristic aspect will be ourselves. The new resort will feature two swimming pools with sand beaches, a lazy

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Russel Wright’s Great Contribution to Modern Living

Apr 13, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

When we sit down at the dinner table, we don’t really think about who designed the tableware – the plates, bowls and serving pieces. Chances are you purchased the table settings you use today based primarily on size, color and pattern. But as with every piece of decor in the home, a designer or group

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Retro Colors: Fiesta on Display

Apr 06, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Introduced in 1936, Fiesta dinnerware was casual yet inexpensive tableware in solid colors. One could easily mix and match colors to create a beautiful spectrum on the dinner table. The line was discontinued in 1972, but was revived in 1986. The original line featured just five colors – red (which was actually an orange), blue,

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Filed under: Retro Design Tagged with: 1950s design, retro colors, retro kitchen

Decorating with Typography: New Line of Laser Cut Word Signs Makes it Easy

Mar 04, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

More than any image or sound, we are driven by the words we see. This is why so many restaurants in years past bore neon signs of simple words. A brightly-lit sign that read EAT or Coffee could be easily seen from the highway and got us thinking that we’re hungry or need a break.

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Formica Forever: 12 New Retro Patterns

Jan 22, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

In celebration of its 100th birthday, Formica has introduced a new collection featuring retro designs and colors. Revealed today at the International Builder’s Show today the collection was designed by renowned firm Pentagram, and will be available beginning January 31, 2013. According to Formica Group, this 2013 Anniversary Collection reflects on the Formica® brand and

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Armstrong Vinyl Corlon (1950s)

Jan 16, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

From May 1959 comes this ad for Armstrong Vinyl Corlon. Trademarked in 1946 and introduced in the late ’50s, Corlon became a popular “luxury” material. It was pricey, but was built to last. > View Larger Image of this Ad This vintage ad represents the pride companies took in their products, and the appealing designs

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