Category: My Vintage Collection

A Peak Into My Vintage Collection – Adopted Vintage Photos

Several Posts ago, I started a series entitled ‘A Peak Into My Vintage Collection‘ where I showcased some of the items I currently collect. This week, I wanted to show off my photo album of ‘Adopted Vintage Photos’. Photos that I have found in various places (mostly from my beloved Gadabout Vintage) and have loved so much that I could not leave them behind to be lost forever.

vintage photo album from the Vintage Inn Blog

Several of these photos you might have seen if you have been following my blog for sometime and many of them will be new to my new followers (Hi new readers!). Whatever the circumstance that finds you here, I hope you enjoy this post.


The first 2 images are my newest purchases to the “Family”.

I adore all the small details in photos, like in this image the champagne coupes on the table (New Years Eve Party maybe?) and how the lovely woman in the photo is the only one who notices the picture being taken.

1940's vintage photo of couples at a fancy dinner

Photos like the one below, are really wonderful tools to answers questions that pop up in the vintage clothing world. One in particular I see/hear frequently is, “Did women in the 40’s actually wear flowers in their hair”? And the answer is “Yes”, as seen in the evidence below AND above.

1940's vintage image of girls all dressed up for a dance

If you ever get a chance to visit Gadabout Vintage in Toronto, you will notice that the pictures are in drawers, upon drawers so finding a ‘full collection’ is not always an easy task. So it’s also a fantastic surprise when my individual photo purchases, come together as a collection when I arrive home. The 3 groups of images below are examples of this.

1940's vintage images of stylish women with family
Stylish 1940’s family
1940's vintage image of a couple with their car
New Car Purchase?
1940's vintage photos of stylish men and women
Friends and family

The next image came in a souvenir frames and it’s from Toronto’s 1st Luxury Hotel, The King Edward (which is still in business today).

1940's souvenir photo taken at Toronto's King Edward Hotel

The lovely couples on date night at ‘The King Eddy’.

Date night 1940's photo taken at King Edward Hotel Toronto

Friends, here are more photos (but not all) of my ever growing collection from the 1930’s-50’s.

1940's Vintage Images of Men and Women

vintage images from 1940s to 1950s

collection of vintage photos 1940s and 1950s

vintage images of women 1940s and 1950s

vintage images of women 1930s and 1950s

vintage images of women 1940s and 1950s

vintage images from 1940s and 1950s

Hope you enjoyed my collection!

Check out past ‘My Vintage Collection Posts’ below:

Question Time: Have you purchased anything in the last while, that adds to your OWN collection of something?


My Recent Vintage Finds in October and November

I have not done a “my recent vintage finds” blog post in quite some time, only because I’m not doing as much shopping as I used to but I did find some great stuff recently at great prices that I wanted to share with you today.

We begin with the most expensive item on this list, the book pictured below. Okay I’m just kidding this book was found on the side of the road by my eagle eye friend and so ended up being FREE.


The book was written in 1949 and given to Maria in 1969 before her wedding (I’m assuming). It is filled with goodies on what to expect on the honeymoon (does not go to much into “adult time”), how to spend money, working, kids, how to keep from fighting all the time, religion etc. BUT all done with mid-century thinking, so you know it’s filled with “wife at home, father is the man of the house” content. It might be fun to do a blog post at later date on some of the key points in the book. Stay tuned.


Another image from inside of the book that I wanted to share because there are so many vintage goodies to look at (like her skirt, the luggage, the car etc).


The weather in Toronto has been so lovely for late Fall almost Winter, so I have been taking advantage of it by getting out and going for walks. I was joined this past Sunday by a dear friend and we decided to hit up a great Vintage Shopping destination, ‘Kensington Market‘ here in Toronto to see if we could score any great finds. I was not overly lucky this trip but I did find this fun 1970’s skirt at Exile Vintage for a great price. This will be perfect for everything from dancing, to moving thru all the seasons in vintage style.


Toronto recently hosted a very big Vintage and Antique market in October. It’s one of my top vintage shows in the city because many of my favorite stores and vendors are all together under one roof. This year I was on a super limited budget so I could have purchased way more than I did, but in the end I’m very happy with my finds.

Like this adorable vintage brooch. Perfect for Novelty Brooch Friday and to channel the artist I will never be.


Christmas is just around the corner and these vintage deer and tree mini’s will play center stage in something I plan/hope to make.


I love vintage magazines, just as much as I love my vintage pictures and so you can image how thrilled I was to have found these 2 Canadian 1947 Chatelaine Magazines.

If you read my blog you will also know that I recently shared an article from the June magazine entitled “15 Fashion Tips from a June 1947 Chatelaine“. It was a fun post to write, filled with lots of wonderful tips for the budding vintage fashionista.


Vintage Dance Cards like the beauties below are really fantastic finds especially when they have been used like the ones below. I found these at my favorite booth/store ‘Gadabout Vintage‘.



When I can find a piece of Toronto history from the 1920’s-50’s I try to scoop it up right away. Finding this 1930’s Canadian National Exhibition Fashion Show Pamphlet was truly exciting! First up I never knew they ran a fashion show at the CNE (it’s a large fair) in the 30’s but now we do and the music was provided by a live big band. How glorious!


Here is a glimpse of the advertising inside the pamphlet. Look at those 30’s designs! Wow!


And last but not least Gadabout Vintage brought a bevy of wonderful vintage images for myself (and others) to browse thru. Here is what I found….

Three young women in the 1940’s. This image caught my eye because I love getting fashion inspiration from real women and this picture is an excellent example of 40’s everyday fashion.


I picked the next image because I liked this woman’s 1940’s style and how happy she looks. I could not leave her behind.


The third Image I found is just super because it came with a description on the back. I love when that happens because it just brings the picture to life.


Here is “Me”, a 1930’s beauty in white.


And here is the Governors palace today and the front door where the lovely woman above is standing. This connection would not of been possible without the writing on the back of the picture.

Governors Palace, Williamsburg

Lastly this weekend I’m attending the annual ‘Swing out to Victory‘, it’s an amazing 1940’s event held in a warplane museum with a big band. It’s a sold out event and it’s going to be amazing! Follow me on Instagram to see all the magic and you can check out a past post I wrote on the event HERE.


A Peak Into My Vintage Collection- Early 1950s Nancy Drew Books

Growing up I was a huge book reader, I read anything I could get my hands on, but one of my favorite series was Nancy Drew. Her super girl sleuth style and cool friends like George the tomboy, Bess and Ned her boyfriend had me coming back for more, time and time again. I think I must have read every book written from the 1930s-60s and to this day are part of my fond memories of my childhood.

Vintage Nancy Drew Covers

So it was with delight and excitement that when I saw a collection of 1950s Nancy Drew books for sale on Ebay several years ago, I knew I had to buy them right then and there (especially since my books from my childhood were long passed on to others to enjoy).

Today’s post will show off my books, as well as supply you with a bit of history and other vintage goodies on the Super Sleuth herself…Nancy Drew.

Brief History of Nancy Drew Books:

Nancy Drew is a fictional American character in a mystery fiction series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer (who also created the Hardy Boys Series). Stratemeyer believed that a woman’s place was in the home, but he was aware that the Hardy Boys books were popular with girl readers and wished to capitalize on girls’ interest in mysteries by offering a strong female heroine.

The character first appeared in 1930 and was an immediate success. The 6,000 copies that Macy’s ordered for the 1933 Christmas season sold out within days. In 1934 Fortune Magazine featured the Syndicate in a cover story and singled Nancy Drew out for particular attention: “Nancy is the greatest phenomenon among all the fifty-centers. She is a best seller. How she crashed a Valhalla that had been rigidly restricted to the male of her species is a mystery even to her publishers.”

The character of Nancy Drew has gone through many permutations over the years. Despite revisions, “What hasn’t changed, however, are [Nancy’s] basic values, her goals, her humility, and her magical gift for having at least nine lives. For more than six decades, her essence has remained intact.”

The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. They have sold over 80 million copies in 25 different languages (Source).

My Collection:

Early 1950s Vintage Nancy Drew Book Covers with 1940s Style Binding (1950-53)


About the Binding:

The 1940s Style binding is one of the earliest types of Nancy Drew library editions.  The front covers of most books have a line drawing based on the original Russell Tandy dust jacket art from the 1930s.  The overall style matches that of the 1946 regular editions that have the solid blue cover, large blue silhouette, and the dark blue lettering. These books were bound as early as 1950 and as late as 1953. This particular library binding is unquestionably the scarcest and most difficult to acquire of the Nancy Drew library editions (Source).

Front cover of the books:

Front Cover of Nancy Drew 1950s Books

Inside cover of all the books:

inside 1950s Nancy Drew Book

Inside image.

1950s Nancy Drew inside image

Another inside image.

1950s Nancy Drew inside image

Now that you have seen my collection lets check out some other examples of early years Nancy Drew Covers (1930s-50s):


Source: Series Books
Source: Nancy Drew Sleuth


Source: Nancy Drew Sleuth
Source: Nancy Drew Sleuth


Nancy Drew The Ringmasters Secret 1950s

Source: Series Books
Source: Series Books

Nancy Drew in the Movies:

1938-1939 Four Nancy Drew Movies were created, starring Bonita Granville as Nancy and Frankie Thomas as Ted (not Ned! What?!).

1930s Nancy Drew Movies
Source: NY Times

And in the 1970s there was television series starring Pamela Sue Martin (also featuring the Hardy Boys). Then the last movie version was in 2007 with Emma Roberts as Nancy.  It seems from lack of onscreen exposure that Nancy is not too popular in Hollywood.

Source: Wikipedia

The Vintage Inn Final thoughts:

Nancy Drew is an iconic fictional character that will never fade into history. She may go thru more changes on her looks and her who she is as a character (don’t we all) but in the end, she will always be the teenage girl with an eye for super sleuthing and adventure. The stories I fell in love with as a kid (and still love today).

For more reading on Nancy Drew history (and many other cool items and topics) please check out the fantastic website ‘Nancy Drew Sleuth‘.

Question time: Are you a Nancy Drew fan? Or were you a fan of other series of books? If so please share.

Liz 🙂

‘LOOK’ Magazine – The Vintage Covers

Every vintage collector has at least a few magazines in their collection (especially since they are one of the easiest vintage items to come by) and The Vintage Inn is no different. I own a few but one of my favorites is the magazine LOOK . My copy is from Oct 18th, 1955 and can be seen below and I have read it from top to bottom, I just love it.

Today’s post is all about the covers of LOOK from 1937 to 1960 (so that you can have a good taste of the mag) and this is also part of ‘My Vintage Collection Series’. Enjoy.

Vintage magazine cover Look 1955

Brief History of Look Magazine

Look was a bi-weekly, general-interest magazine published in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1937 to 1971, with more of an emphasis on photographs than articles. A large-size magazine of 11 in × 14 in, it was generally considered a competitor to Life magazine, which began publication months earlier and ended in 1972.
It is known for helping launch the career of film director Stanley Kubrick, who was a staff photographer. And beginning in 1963, Norman Rockwell, after closing his career with the Saturday Evening Post, began making illustrations for Look (Source).

Collection of magazine covers from 1937 to 1960

August 17th, 1937-Tennis anyone?

Vintage look magazine 1937
Source: Etsy

September 1938-SWING! Slap those critics Benny.

1938 look magazine vintage cover featuring lindy hop swing dance
Source: Pinterest

May 9th, 1939. According to the Etsy sellers commentary the cover features Eleanor Holm in a swimsuit and gold shoes on the cover. She and Sally Rand were feuding as to who was the best personality at the New York and San Francisco World’s Fairs.

Interesting tidbit about Eleanor: She is best known for having been suspended from the 1936 Summer Olympics team after she attended a cocktail party and got pretty drunk on the transatlantic cruise ship taking her to Germany (Source).

Vintage Look Magazine 1939 Eleanor Holm Cover
Source: Etsy

June 6th 1939-What a wonderful swimsuit!

look magazine vintage cover 1939
Source: Etsy

Happy New Year! January 2nd, 1940. Judy Garland in the most practical ski outfit ever (but it sure is cute).

Judy Garland vintage magazine cover 1940
Source: Pinterest

June 18th 1940. How do I make Joan Bennetts outfit mine? Love it!

LOOK Magazine rare 1940s JUNE 18 1940
Source: Etsy

1941- Support the troops with Army stripes.

1941 Look Magazine vintage
Source: Etsy

June 8th, 1948.  Time for some cooler clothes men. Now do they mean like bathing suit cool (as in the image) or like make you look cool in your clothes?

1948 vintage Look Magazine cover
Source: Pinterest

July 18th, 1951. Best Hat…Ever. And to answer the question…Total menace those Flying Saucers.

Look Magazine, July 18, 1950
Source: Flickr

November 20th, 1951. The stunning Maureen O’Hara

Maureen Ohara 1951 vintage magazine look
Source: Pinterest

January 12th, 1954- The Travel Issue.

1954 vintage look magazine cover hawaiian
Source: Pinterest

March 23rd, 1954-Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn 1950s vintage look magazine
Source: Pinterest

July 1960- ‘Women without Men’ (oh my!) and Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

Vintage Look Magazine Marilyn Monroe Cover
Source: Etsy

What fantastic covers! Filled with interesting and bizarre stories.

Question time: What was your favorite?

Liz 🙂


A Peak Into My Vintage Collection- a 1949 Stocking Dryer

Last week I started a new series called Vintage Travel To Do List‘ and this week I’m introducing another series ‘A Peak into my vintage collection’. This series will showcase the various items I have in my home that I have collected over the years. Clothes, household items, pictures etc. I have lots of vintage goodies that I would love to share with all of you.

Today’s item was purchased from my friend Shermy, It’s- A 1949 Pearlescent Pastel Green Stocking Dryer in its original box & with the original hardware. This item will one day end up in my dream washroom but in the mean time its on display in my 1920s vintage bookcase.

1949 Vintage Stocking Dryer

The dryer was created exclusively by the Donaco Plastics Company a USA Company. 1 minute installation, the gift with a purpose, for home and travelling and in 5 beautiful pearlescent pastel colors. And the whole dryer was only $2.95, Fantastic!

1949 Vintage Stocking Dryer

End the Clutter.

50s Midcentury Vintage SafTdri Seashell Hosiery Drying Wall Mount Decor
Source: Etsy

Here is a pretty Yellow One. What colours would have to be in your washroom to have this bright of a yellow though?

Vintage SafTDri Seashell Hosiery Dryer 1950s
Source: Pinterest

A Donaco Box. I have not been able to find any information about this company, so if someone does know something about them, please share.

Donaco Plastics Company Vintage box
Source: Ebay

They seemed to have also created a Malibu Sea-Shell Towel Holder (this advertisement was inside the box). Actually it’s called a Towl Holder. Is that a spelling mistake?

1949 Vintage towel holder vintage advertising

Here are some real life examples, aren’t they equally as adorable?

Malibu Sea-Shell Towel Holder
Source: Pinterest
Vintage Towel Holder Donaco Plastic Malibu Sea Shell Delux Pearlescent Bathroom Towel Holder
Source: Etsy


And there is my first vintage collection share, stay tuned for many more items in future posts.

Friends…What is a favorite item in your collection?

Liz 🙂