Friday, February 27, 2009


Well it's almost that season again. Lots of other wheeled devices for children of all ages: from prams to pedal cars; from scooters to skateboards; and bicycles too.

from wikipedia:

Retail skateboards were first marketed in 1958 by Bill and Mark Richard of Dana Point, California. They attached roller skate wheels from the Chicago Roller Skate Company to a plank of wood and sold them in their Val Surf Shops.[1]

Five years later mass produced skateboards were sold nationally. These early models were often made in the shape of a surfboard, with no concavity and were constructed of solid wood, plastic, even metal. The wheels were usually made of a clay composite, or steel and the trucks (axles) were less sturdy and initially of a 'single-action' design compared to today's 'double-action'.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Packing Tape Dispenser

This brown tape dispenser usually sits on a country store counter and just looks pretty as set dec or actually gives the talent something to do: sealing the parcel for the customer. No licking required: there's a sponge underneath near the cutting teeth that wets the back of the tape as it feeds out.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Civil War Carpetbag

The carpet bag, originally an inexpensive bag made from remnants of imported Oriental hand-made (Turkish or "turkey") rugs and carpets and later from fabric specifically produced for bag making, lent its name to a group of war-profiteers and scavengers, "carpetbaggers", who rushed to the ravaged south at the close of the American Civil War in order to make a fast and easy profit during reconstruction.

Because they were often cheaply made, and due to their hard use and susceptabilty to moth attack, not many survive in good condition. (from one of our other sites:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


State of the art amplification system of the day; six different sizes and colors available.

Monday, February 23, 2009

That Darn Egg

What else could it be but a darning egg? Sewing and needlework accessories always available.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Whistle while you work, tweet while you twitter

Any number of whistles available, from the classic British Bobby's to the other classic: the Acme Thunderer, used by whistle blowers everywhere.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Victorian Bird Cage

Just one of a few bird cages (and stands available). This is Victorian but we also stock styles right through to the 1960s.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Got a Light?

Always good for a bit of fun, this table lighter slash roulette wheel quickly establishes character.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Chocolates

And on this of all wasn't always a cliché. So if your scene calls for a period young lad a courtin' or the forgetful husband or...

Also available are many generic product boxes, no clearance required.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Medicine Ball

A medicine ball. No you don't swallow it but you do suck it up when your trainer tosses it at your tummy. This one (of a few we have) is noticeable because it has baseball style stitching (no idea why) and it actually has "medicine ball" stamped right on it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ear Trumpet

This Conversation Tube was a later advancement from the rigid ear trumpet and allowed the user to point the business end at the speaker rather than having to turn their whole head in the direction of the speaker. This example has a vulcanite bell and earpiece joined by a coiled silk covered tube.

We once had one that came with the paperwork from the Veteran's Benefits Branch of the government supplying one for a WW1 vet. These tubes were in use from the late 19th century right up to 1920s although by that time they were old fashioned. The newer battery powered and amplified aids were just coming into popular use and were expensive and cumbersome.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dolly, dolly, hand cart

Dolly, truck and probably some other names I don't know. But useful for moving stuff about. Something for the background performers to do in: a station or depot scene; industrial or factory scene; busy street scene...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Vintage School Supplies Pencil Box

A vintage pencil box kinda sorta in a pencil shape. And with a twist sleeve allowing the student to quickly calculate the times table and have the answer appear in the little windows. More school and classroom supplies available.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Indespensible Orange Ade Dispener

This practical orangeade cooler dispenser looks good and works well. Put ice in the container and everything stays cold. Since there's no product name, no clearance is required.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Desk Accessories

Whenever you need to dress a desk, we've got everything you need.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bread Kneader

Sorry, I have to say it: if you need bread you're going to have to knead bread. Or more accurately, dough. You put all of your components, flour, eggs, water, etc, into the kneader and turn crank. It was the KitchenAid of the day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Workman's Utility Bag

This canvas bag with leather trim was used by telephone repairmen but is typical of the bag used by many trades. Lots of vintage suitcases, bags, baskets and other containers available.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


A very nice variation on the traditional art deco style oval based 300 series telephone. Just one of over 100 other telephones available.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Leather Wrapped Binoculars and Case

Just what you need for watching the big game, or big game, or a horse race or a cheating heart or the enemy encampment or...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Equipment Case

Equipment Case. Can't say more than that except that it's vulcanite with capped corners. Distinctive brown & beige pin check (or nail head pattern).