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Rust or Bust! Iconics Marquee Lighted Signs

Jul 28, 2016 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’ve never thought of rust as beautiful, take a look at these marquee lighted signs. Loaded with style, charm, and of course, rust, the Iconics line of metal wall art walks the line between warm and industrial, rustic and urban chic. You’ve seen similar products in craft or home stores, but what sets Iconics

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Vintage Finds: Diamond Tool & Horseshoe Co. Display

Aug 04, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This vintage horseshoe display was made for the Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Company of Duluth, Minnesota. This is the type of board that would have been displayed in a hardware store or tack shop to showcase the variety of sizes and uses for the different horseshoes available to order. The shoes range from a diminutive

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Blue Ridge Glass Corp. Salesman Samples

May 22, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In the early 19th century (and long before that as well), salesmen use to tote around samples of their wares to potential customers. This is still true nowadays, but today it’s done a little differently than it was then. Whereas today salesmen are outfitted with slick mass-produced samples and carrying cases, years ago sample boxes

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Filed under: Vintage Finds Tagged with: Americana, vintage glass, vintage items

Americana Fiesta Display

Jul 03, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

On a recent window-shopping trip to Dillard’s, I couldn’t help but stare at this beautiful display of Fiesta and gingham dishes in glorious red, white and blue. The customer service lady in the department said they get free reign to mix, match and display dinnerware as they’d like. I say they’ve done a fine job

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Filed under: Retro Design Tagged with: Americana, Fiesta

Retro Lighting: Norman Rockwell’s Famous Covers

Feb 05, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of America’s most prolific artists, Norman Rockwell produced more than 4,000 paintings and illustrations. For 51 years he illustrated the Boy Scouts’ calendar, and also worked on classic books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell’s most recognizable works, though, were his covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Three of America’s favorites are showcased

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Diners: An American Icon

Mar 16, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

From Horse-Drawn Wagon to the Great American Diner A “diner” is typically defined as a prefabricated building or modular structure, designed as a location from which to prepare and serve food. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a diner as “a restaurant usually resembling a dining car in shape”. The name derived from railroad dining cars, since

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Filed under: American Icons, Diners, Retro Memories Tagged with: Americana, diner