Category archive: vintage

July 23, 2014

Wot Wot? The Allard P-2 Safari Estate

For the shooting brake enthusiast for whom the custom Aston Martin DB6 wagon is too predictable, there is this: the Allard P-2 Safari Estate. To say it was in production between 1952 and 1954 is a bit generous, since...
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July 14, 2014

Bid Along If You Feel Like A Seasons Natural Treehouse Without A Roof

On the one hand, this Seasons Natural Toys treehouse is a survivor, the first I've ever seen from the eco-friendly, indie toy company started by Jennifer stickley and Lynn DeRose in the early 1990s. And gone now--the last online...
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July 3, 2014

In Mother Russia, Daddy Holds You

I don't know what glorious pronouncement of Soviet parenting advice No. 3A is, but I'm sure Putin's parents followed it to a T. English Russia has a whole collection of kids' propaganda posters for your future kleptocrat's collective nursery...
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June 30, 2014

Not Free, Not For Target: Philippe Starck Mustache Ride

Philippe Starck's The Face haunts Daddy Types like a kids' design version of recovered memory trauma. The Face was introduced in 1997, and was briefly sold in FAO Schwarz, not, as the current seller on eBay UK claims, as...
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June 25, 2014

Oh Those Seats Are INCLUDED: Swingline Kids Table By Henry Glass

You may remember Henry Glass's Swingline children's furniture collection from such posts as holy smokes, 2006, has it been that long? This stuff just does not turn up much, does it? In the early 1950s, industrial designer Glass created...
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June 15, 2014

No. There Is Another: Mercedes 450SE Wagon Conversion

Well now this is interesting. More than interesting, even. It's a 1973 Mercedes 450SE with a wagon conversion, and it's not horrible. In fact, it looks pretty amazing. The seller in Atlanta said the conversion was possibly done by...
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June 1, 2014

Creme Yellow Volvo 850 T-5R Wagon Looks Like Buttah

The other day, driving into NYC, I passed a white-looking Volvo with such an unusual color, I had to take off my yellow-tinted sunglasses. It turned out to be a buttery yellow, and if it's not the first time...
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May 28, 2014

Jade Jagger Climbing Out Of A Sunroof While Bob Colacello Snaps Pictures

Here is Bob Colacello's 1974 photo of three-year-old Jade Jagger climbing out of a sunroof of a Mercedes at the old Montauk airport after a "weekend drawing with Andy Warhol." While we're all relieved to know that Jade survived,...
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It's Just A Toke: Bob Colacello Giving Emerson Forth A Joint

Writer, Interview editor, nightlife gadabout, and Warhol frienployee Bob Colacello is auctioning off a bunch of stuff. Including this 1972-3 snapshot by an unknown hand, showing Bob passing a joint to young Emerson Forth, the son of Warhol Superstar...
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May 22, 2014

Goodnight Moderne: 1930 Ideal Home Exhibition Nursery

The Ideal Home Exhibition was an annual home tour run in the UK by the Daily Mail. In 1930, their concept for an ideal nursery included a Fritz Lang nanny sitting in a chunky, moderne-style chair, with fake Warren...
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May 21, 2014

Hatsuyama Shigeru And Kodomo No Kuni

Hatsuyama Shigeru was an illustrator for the Japanese kid's magazine Kodomo no Kuni [Children's Land] in the 1920s and 30s, the Taisho-Showa era transition when modernist ideas and design were flourishing. These two images are from 50 Watts' amazing...
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May 14, 2014

#BUYMYVOLVO

Ads on Daddy Types have response and conversion rates many orders of magnitude better than 1 in 559,000 views. So I am going to assume that in the three days since he posted his goofball #BuyMyVolvo commercial on YouTube,...
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May 8, 2014

Mr Potato Head Had A Posse

Everyone has a past, I suppose. Take Mr. Potato Head, whose head used to be made out of real potatoes. The Hassenfeld Bros. Company used to just sell a box of face parts with pins on the back, for...
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May 7, 2014

A Golden Treasury Of Punk Is Dad

It felt weird to not hear very much from the Milano Salone design fair this year. I may need to adjust my media diet. But while digging around for pictures, I stumbled across a horrifying window display from Diesel...
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April 23, 2014

Antonio Vitali Hand Puppets In Paris

It wasn't until DT reader and Antonio Vitali puppetmaster Aaron sent along a link to these photos of Vitali's handpuppets at the Louvre's Musee les Arts décoratifs that I realized they're mimes. Moody, manic, silent, creepy, Frenchy mimes. Oh...
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April 18, 2014

WHOA, Edward Durell Stone Kids Furniture Exists

Architect Edward Durell Stone designed MoMA, the Kennedy Center, and the house next door to us on the Upper East Side, but I had no idea he ever designed kids furniture. Yet here some is. In 1969 Stone built...
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April 15, 2014

J.G. Ballard For Kids Happened, And Should Happen Again

Techno-dystopian bears aren't just for Kubrick anymore. As this cartoon from Tom Gauld's 2013 book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack shows. I would totally kickstart a collection of J.G. Ballard-inspired Adventures of Ballard The Bear, though. I...
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April 14, 2014

Peter Pearce Curved Space Diamond Structure, aka The Hakone Soap Bubble Castle

A couple of months of Throwback Thursdays ago Johnson Trading Gallery posted these photos to their Instagram. It's a wacked out biomorphic geodesic Habitrail of a jungle gym playground pod whatzit structure they bought on eBay. [And apparently flipped...
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April 11, 2014

'We Are Mint In Box': The A.I. Super Toy Teddy

I was kind of into it at the time, but Stanley Kubrick & Steven Spielberg's A.I. is one of those movies I just can't watch since becoming a parent. [Also on that list: Marc Forster's dystopian suburban stillbirth saga, Everything...
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March 28, 2014

Glam Rockers' Kids Always Have The Nicest Names, Songs, Palazzo Pants Photo-Ops

In June 1971, three weeks after their son Zowie was born, David and Angie Bowie took a stroll for paparazzo Ron Burton. The resulting photographs are the second coolest thing that resulted from Zowie's birth: #3 is the song...
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March 9, 2014

Maurice Sendak's Rosebud: Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Ladder

In 2008, Maurice Sendak told the NY Times about how the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the sensational trial that followed, freaked his 4-year-old self right out, and generated an anxious fascination with the incident for the rest of his...
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February 25, 2014

Antonio Vitali Creative Playthings Family Ahead Of Their Time

It's always nice to see an Antonio Vitali Creative Playthings family come up for sale on eBay. It's especially nice to see one come up with a superlow starting bid; it always makes for good action. And when the...
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February 19, 2014

The World Of Sid & Mart Krofft Sounds Like It Sucked

I hated HR PufnStuf as a kid. That show creeped me out. ? f you have no idea what I'm talking about, imagine a dark, slightly sadistic, acid-laced mashup of Barney, Yo Gabba Gabba, and live action versions of...
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February 18, 2014

Malebøker Is Norwegian For Coloring Books

Norske Malebøker is a gorgeous-looking anthology of vintage Norwegian picture, activity, and coloring book illustrations, assembled by Einar Økland from his own collection. 50 Watts has a typically amazing selection of images in a rich and beautiful variety of...
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February 10, 2014

More Vintage Music For Expectant Fathers

It's been quite a while since Fontanna's smooth 1957 orchestral novelty album, "Music For Expectant Fathers," first turned up on Daddy Types, but I still haven't found any audio from it. I did hear from the daughter of the guy...
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Frank Rohloff Cradle At LA Modern Auctions

This beautiful walnut cradle was made in California by Frank Rohloff. Rohloff was active in the studio furniture movement, which sought to bring classic craftsmanship together with modernist design in the 1950s. Rohloff's pieces were exhibited in shows at...
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February 7, 2014

Are You The Ciao! Manhattan Baby At Max's Kansas City?

Here is rare footage of Max's Kansas City, the Park Avenue South hangout for the New York art world in the 1960s and 70s. It was shot by David Weisman, probably in 1967, as B-roll for Ciao! Manhattan, which...
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February 4, 2014

Amazing Hippie Crochet Bunting Thing You Must Buy Now

Holy smokes, if one of you hippies doesn't buy this crocheted 70s afghan bunting at Wary Meyers today, I swear, I'm gonna buy it myself. And then I'm going to steal a baby from Trader Joe's and keep it...
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January 29, 2014

A Children's Treasury Of The Holocaust

Bedrich Fritta was a Jewish Czech artist forced to produce construction plans and diagrams for the Nazis. His son Tomas was one when the family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Bedrich made unauthorized drawings, too, documenting and criticizing...
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January 26, 2014

The Starsky & Hutch Wagon

Holy smokes, I had no idea this car existed, but now it's obvious that every station wagon should have a giant, white Starsky & Hutch stripe down the side. It's a 1973 AMC Matador Wagon, in exceptional condition, with...
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January 25, 2014

Battle Cat Toddler Hopper

80s blogger and He-Man aficionado Shawn had a major come-to-Greyskull moment when he spotted this Masters of The Universe Battle Cat Toddler Hopper while vintage toy shopping this weekend. I confess, I've never seen anything like it. He managed...
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January 19, 2014

Les Jeux d'Enfants Cookbooks By Michel Oliver

I lost this link, and then I just found it. Which is awesome, because this 1966 book, La Patissierie est un jeu d'enfants/Mkaing French Desserts & Pastries is Child's Play, written and illustrated by Michel Oliver, who was then...
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December 27, 2013

War-Ravaged England Builds Giant Dollhouse For Queen

Sometimes England is so weird. Like the time the whole place was devastated and dejected and injured and dead in the wake of World War I, and Princess Marie-Louise thought building a huge dollhouse for Queen Mary filled with...
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December 24, 2013

Have Yourself A Merry PeeWee Christmas

Oh crap, I thought I'd get a little writing done while the rest of the family's at the 8th performance of The Nutcracker this year. But Andy Baio just tweeted out the link to PeeWee Herman's Christmas Special. Looks...
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December 18, 2013

Agamben Toys

First and foremost is the awesome name, obviously. Then I guess the thing I'm thinking about as I scroll back through Agamben Toys' archive is amazement and despair at the breadth and variety of Playmobil Riot Police over the...
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One Small Buy In Now For Dad, The Moon Cars For Mankind

So think about it. In 1969-70, it was the Cultural Revolution, a wholesale disruption of the entire Chinese civilization that shipped all the city folk to scrounge for yams on dirt farms in the provinces. Meanwhile, America was not...
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November 19, 2013

Rockytoy Story

M V Gopalan founded a great wooden toy manufacturer in Madras, southern India, in 1942. It was first called Modern Agencies, but it came to be called Rockytoy because they were making rocking horses that everyone wanted. The scale of...
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'An Abstract Gets Close Scrutiny'

A photo from SFMOMA back in the day. These kids are now grown and living in the East Bay somewhere, scratching their heads at real estate prices. [promieniowanie via grupaok]...
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November 15, 2013

Ford Country Squire Dually

My gosh. A 1973 Ford Country Squire Wagon converted to a dually towing machine. With woodgrain painted--not adhered--on the side, and an American flag painted on the roof. Though honestly, with that ground clearance, who would know without Google...
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November 1, 2013

Improve Human Survival With This One Weird Evolutionary Trick!

Anthropologists from the University of Colorado noticed that in some cultures, kids never crawl; they get carried for a year, then they sit, and just start walking. And that crawling might have only evolved in the last 200-300 years,...
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October 26, 2013

Amazing Matching Burl Walnut Kids Chair

Amazing. In any realistic view of human civilization, you figure in one human life, you'll see maybe one gnarly burl kid's chair attributed to JB Blunk? Maybe? Ever? And yet, here we are less than six months later, and...
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October 11, 2013

Did You Have A Motorcycle With Training Wheels?

Kudos to the quick-thinking Mrs. Kaz for snapping a picture of this tiny chopper with training wheels that one of their neighbors had left out for bulk trash day. Judging from the wear and character of those training wheels,...
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October 1, 2013

Alexander Calder's Fables of Aesop

In 1931, Alexander Calder was at the height of his fame in Paris, known for his Cirque performances and his wire dessin portrait sculptures of his fancy friends. It was the year he began making and showing the abstract...
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September 27, 2013

Mormon Prune Crate Play Furniture Was A Communist Plot

We're making progress on the vintage Mormon Sunday School Nursery play furniture plans I posted a little while ago. I recently found an earlier edition of the teachers' manual, called Sunday Morning in the Nursery, that dated from 1949,...
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September 23, 2013

Is This The Only Kid-Size Honey-Pop Chair Tokujin Yoshioka Ever Made?

Throw a rock in a Buy Buy Baby, and you'll probably hit someone who rejects cardboard kid furniture for being too flimsy and ephemeral. But there are also those who say that cardboard's too durable and strong. I mean,...
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September 20, 2013

What The Frick Kids Rode: Taxidermy Rocking Bunny

It was #AskACurator Day on Twitter this week, where 26,000 people asked a thousand curators from 581 museums around the world what their favoritest, weirdest thing in their collection was. And for the folks at The Frick Pittsburgh, it...
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September 16, 2013

Aunt Edna Not Included: 1971 Ford Country Squire Seats Ten

This 1971 Ford Country Squire wagon is a California blue plate special in beautiful-looking condition. It features top-of-the-line woodgrain side paneling [and matching woodgrain look on the roof rack] over original paint in a color the factory once called...
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September 13, 2013

Make Your Own Fun [ADVANCED LEVEL]

Creative Playthings Melt Art set was literally a box of crayons and a hot plate. No, seriously: That's like Brick-on-a-String level of make-your-own-fun-somehow. Vintage Melt Art by Creative Playthings NIB, 1st bid $12.99+ 5.75 s/h, auction ends Sept 16...
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September 11, 2013

Creative Playthings Brick-on-a-String

After the corporate takeover of Creative Playthings, executives at CBS did try to stay true to the simple, imagination-fueling design principles the toy company had pioneered. But between the knockoffs and the red diaper nanny staters starting the CPSC,...
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September 9, 2013

Ur-Riding Ladybug From Steiff?

Well this is interesting. This pair of vintage plush riding toys coming to auction in New Jersey is attributed to Steiff. I've never seen anything like them, but I know someone who has: the designer of the Wheely Bug...
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