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1950s Vintage Texaco Gas Station Decor From Vintage Vending

Jan 23, 2017 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Recently we featured photos of our Coca-Cola soda bar setup at our old store in Salem, NH. You can read about it in this blog Today we’re sharing photos of our Texaco gas station display, also from the old store. We don’t have these items anymore so they’re not available to sell but we

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1950s Decorating Ideas With Home Decor From Retro Planet

Dec 28, 2016 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In addition to having an abundance of style, 50s decor has a clean look that is especially great when you’re looking for a fresh, new design aesthetic for your home. Here we present decorating ideas using retro home decor that you can find at This includes something for nearly every room in your home—your

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Oh, Cherries, Our Love, Holds On…

Feb 03, 2015 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Cherries decor? It’s simply cheery. Especially in the kitchen, where you would bake, oh, a cherry pie. During a time when fruits were abundant on tablecloths, aprons and canisters, cherries became uber-popular during the 1950s. Perhaps it’s their bright, bold red color that make cherries such an appealing piece of kitchen decor. They go perfectly

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How To: Painting Retro DIY Metal Word Signs

Mar 11, 2013 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

Retro Planet’s new line of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) typography signs are definitely unique. These original signs bear words like “kitchen,” “bath,” “cupcakes,” and “laundry”, and are great for do-it-yourselfers and creative people. You can paint a sign to match existing decor or just go wild with patterns and custom techniques. Crafty person that I am, I took

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1950s Exterior Paint Colors

Sep 04, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

In the 1950s, Americans were ready to enjoy prosperity in simple forms. The war was over, and people set out to build smaller homes and adorn them with brighter colors. At the least, many homeowners updated the exterior of their houses with new paint colors that reflected the country’s newfound optimism. In later years, we

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1953 Formica Sunrise Collection Brochure

Sep 01, 2012 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

From the Vintage Vending archives comes this 1953 brochure featuring Formica’s Sunrise Collection. The catalog features 14 new color blended patterns for the Sunrise line, including linens, skylarks, pearls, walnuts and milanos. The colors and patterns were used throughout the ’50s. From what we can tell the line wasn’t altered much again until 1960. >

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1950s Decorating Style

Apr 12, 2010 |  Retro Staff 19 Comments

Elements of 1950s Retro Decorating Style The Fifties were an exuberant time. The US thrived in its post-war recovery and the outlook was positive, despite the Cold War with its looming nuclear threat. Dynamic designs were influenced by science, space exploration and new and improved technologies. Room and furniture designs were innovative for their time—yet

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