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Weekend DIY: Printable Halloween Masks

Oct 18, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Back in the day the prize in (or on) a box of cereal was just as important as the taste. During Halloween season, some manufacturers provided mask cut-outs on the backs of popular cereals. Kellogg’s provided a several masks during the 1950s, including a witch, pirate, gorilla and hobo. In the mid- to late-70s, I remember

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Retro Fashion: Metal Lunch Boxes

Feb 09, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

The metal lunch box has made a comeback, but not for school-aged kids. Actually, many school systems have banned the tin boxes, favoring thermal bags and totes. Instead, you’ll find these retro items carried by college-aged twenty-somethings and others who appreciate their vintage appeal. At one time, lunch boxes were an ideal product for marketing

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Dearfoams Slippers (aka Angel Treads)

Jan 07, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Every Christmas millions of Americans find classic slippers under the tree. For many, it’s a pair of Dearfoams. Manufactured by RG Barry Corporation since the late ’40s, the unique properties of these house shoes make them both durable and washable. Like many post-war products, the foam-soled slipper came to be after a hunt for alternative

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Vintage Style Aprons

Dec 15, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Once a necessity for any homemaker, the vintage apron has become a fashion statement. In the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, aprons were commonplace. In fact, many women owned both “working” and “presenting” aprons. The working apron was worn during the actual cooking process, while a nicer, clean apron was worn while serving dinner. These pretty

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1957 Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 17, 2009 |  Retro Staff 3 Comments

Whether the start of school fills you with great excitement and anticipation or with a profound sense of dread, each year we must start anew. With a new school year comes the inevitable shopping trips for new school clothing. Store circulars fill the mailbox and are stuffed into the daily newspapers – it would be

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