Tag: 1920’s

The Kitschest of Them All-Swizzle Sticks

The Kitschest of Them All The Swizzle Sticks Vintage Inn Blog Post

I am making a deceleration..I have a Swizzle Sticks addiction (vintage in particular). I just love all the creative things that have been done on such a small piece of real estate. They are colourful, they are fun, they are artistic and they are so darn collectible! I want them all and I’m on a mission to do just that.

Swizzle sticks and stir sticks vintage inn blog
Just SOME of my collection

For today’s post I’m not going to go on about how I’m going to achieve total Swizzle Stick domination but instead we are going to check out their history (my coles notes version) and also view some examples of these lovely works of art.

Let’s begin!

The early days of the Swizzle Stick

According to my research, it looks like the Swizzle Stick made its appearance around the 1600’s in the West Indies. It’s purpose was to help enhance a Barbados-based cocktail “The Swizzle” that contained rum, sugar and ice.

Frederick Albion Ober’s 1920’s book ‘A Guide to the West Indies, Bermuda and Panama’ gives one of the first recorded insights into the origins of the stick itself (Source):

“The stem of a native plant with radiating twigs, or roots, which, being deprived of its outer bark, is revolved rapidly between the palms of the hands,” writes Ober, “and, through the combined action of the motion and a peculiar saponaceous quality of the cambium layer of the twigs, produces a delicious froth.”

Often the pronged branches of the allspice bush or aromatic quararibea turbinate (seen below) were used, which eventually earned the plant its nickname: the Swizzlestick Tree.

Quararibea turbinate swizzlestick tree branch

If you look at the my “collection” photo at the top of this post, you will see that one of the swizzle sticks looks like the quararibea turbinate branch. When I first received the stick as a gift I thought the prongs were for helping it stand up (silly Liz haha). Now I know that is not the true reason.

But where does the name “Swizzle” come from?

Tales of the Cocktail stated in a 2016 post that the word swizzle, according to the 1891 “Century Dictionary: An Encylopedic Lexicon of the English Language,” comes from a combination of the words swill and guzzle.

But they also stated that drink that was mentioned above called the “Swizzle” was named this because of the whisk-like motion of making it – “Swizzling”.

So it seems that the name of the stick truly reflects the original drinks origin as opposed the 1891 dictionary description. Do you agree?

Here comes the 1920’s!

The Swizzle sticks have found a new purpose in this decade beyond swizzling drinks, they are now being used by Queen Victoria and refined ladies to stir bubbles OUT of their Champagne. Why? Well ladies of Society don’t want any unwanted “gas like emissions” do they?

1950’s Champagne Swizzle Stick (1920’s looked similar)

Sterling Silver Champagne Swizzle Stick 1950s
Source: Bexfield Antiques

NOT the proper way to drink your Champagne.

1920s drinking champagne image

Marketing comes into play

When a great idea is found and seems to be rising in popularity, you can ALWAYS be sure that Marketing is not that far behind to capitalize on its success and this is exactly what happened after prohibition was over.

Meet Inventor Jay Sindler, who needed a way to remove the olive from his martini without using his fingers. So he sketched out an idea of a barbed wooden spear featuring a small paddle at the other end, which could be imprinted with the establishment’s name or logo (Source). A problem was solved and bars who needed to advertise after Prohibition was over had a new marketing tool.

vintage stir swizzle sticks
Source: Pinterest

1950’s & 1960’s

For the next few decades these cocktail stirrers are now common sight with the 50’s and 60’s being the top of its game and of course the kitsch factor is kicked up to 10.

vintage pink elephant cocktail stirrers
Source: Pinterest
whistle cocktail swizzle sticks vintage
Source: Pinterest
Vintage Cocktail Stirrers: Desert Cactus
Source: Pinterest
1950s Pin-Up Cocktail Sticks
Source: theinvisibleagent
vintage 60's tiki swizzle sticks
Source: Pinterest
1950s TWA Airlines Cocktail Swizzle Sticks
Source: Etsy

The End of an Era

The 70’s though saw the downfall of the Swizzle sticks as wine took over as the cheap drink of choice and from that decade on, our favorite little drink decoration is left behind in the dust.

1970's wine advertisement

Today, Swizzle Sticks are still not back in popularity ($16 craft cocktails don’t see a need for a kitschy plastic stick in their glasses) but you can still see them in Tiki Bars that have risen in popularity over the last couple of years. AND for those who are serious collectors, there is an International Association of Swizzle Stick Collectors for you to join (now that is cool!).

Tiki Swizzle Sticks
Source: Punch

That ends our little Swizzle Stick road trip for today so I hope you had as much fun as I did learning all about these cool pieces of cocktail history.

Question Time! Do you own a collection of Swizzle Sticks? And if you could create your OWN Swizzle Stick what would it look like? Please share in the comments below.


P.S. Make sure at your next Cocktail Party you add these to the bar!


Step Back in Time with The Canadian National Exhibition

I have written about the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) a couple times on my blog, because it truly is one of my most favorite summer events. The CNE is an annual event at the end of summer held in Toronto and with approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, the exhibition is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America.

CNE Souvenir Catalogue & Programme Cover, 1955
Source: CNE Heritage

Online, the CNE Heritage has an amazing collection of images from its archives and for today’s post I wanted to pull some of my favorites from their collection (1920’s-50’s) and share them with you. Lets begin!

Simpson’s Ad In CNE Programme, 1928

Simpson's Ad In CNE Programme, 1928
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Programme Cover, 1931

CNE Programme Cover, 1931
Source: CNE Heritage

Suede Shoe Ad In 1935 CNE Fashion Show Programme. In my personal collection I have this exact show program.

Suede Shoe Ad In 1935 CNE Fashion Show Programme
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Bandshell & Manufacturers Building, 1948.

CNE Bandshell & Manufacturers Building, 1948.
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Guests, 1927.

CNE guests vintage photo 1927
Source: CNE Heritage

This poster celebrates the opening of the new Ontario Government Building (now Liberty Grand) in 1926.

1926 Vintage CNE Poster
Source: CNE Heritage

Hollywood Chimp Show, 1937.

Hollywood Chimp Show, 1937
Source: CNE Heritage

1939 CNE Poster-Transportation and Communications Year.

1939 CNE Poster
Source: CNE Hertiage

Auto Show, 1936.

CNE Auto Show 1936 Image of Vintage Cars
Source: CNE Heritage

RCA Victor Display, 1940.

RCA Victor Display 1940s vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Safety Quiz, 1948. I think the first part of the quiz should be, “You should always keep your eyes on the road, Yes or No?”

Vintage image of 4 young people in a car in 1948
Source: CNE Heritage

Canadian Women at War!

1940s Canadian Women at War CNE Program
Source: CNE Heritage

Fashion of the Day on display in 1940.

1940s Young Womens fashion
Source: CNE Heritage

Miss Toronto Contest, 1951. Read all about Miss Toronto HERE.

Miss Toronto contest 1951 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Swimming Sensation, Marilyn Bell in 1954 with Roy Rogers & Dale Evans.

From CNE Heritage:

In 1954, a 16-year old high school student named Marilyn Bell became a sensation when she became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.

She became an instant celebrity, beloved by fans across Canada.

It all began on September 8th, when three swimmers began a 32 kilometre race from Youngstown, New York to the CNE grounds.

American marathon swimmer Florence Chadwick was the favourite, followed by Canadian swimmer Winnie Roach Leuszler; Marilyn was the underdog.

It became clear early in the race that she was a contender, remaining in the water after her competitors dropped out.

Newspapers covered her every stroke through the cold waves of Lake Ontario. After 21 hours, Marilyn made it ashore to the acclaim of the nation.

The following year, Marilyn was the star of the CNE’s “Canadiana” Grandstand show, sharing the stage with American television host Ed Sullivan.

The highlight of the show was Marilyn diving into a specially designed tank of water on stage.

Marilyn Bell, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Source: CNE Heritage

Pez Anyone? 1954.

vintage image of a young girl eating pez at the CNE 1954
Source: CNE Heritage

Defying Gravity in the Rotor! 1953.

Vintage Ride 1953 at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Jimmy Durante and Friends, 1951.

Jimmy Durante & Friends, 1951 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Derby Race, 1950.

CNE vintage derby race ride 1950 vintage image
Source: CNE Heritage

Even TV’s Lassie made an appearance in 1955.

TV's Lassie With CNE Visitors, 1955
Source: CNE Heritage

Kitchen World with Marie Fraser, 1955.

Kitchen World With Marie Fraser, 1955 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage


And that is it for today’s post friends, I really hope you enjoyed this walk down some of the CNE’s past.

Question Time: Do you have a big fair or exhibition that you like to attend every year? Share in the comments below!


Vintage Photo Tuesday: Picnic Time!

Vintage Photo Tuesday Picnic Time by the Vintage Inn Blog

Summer time equals picnic time and today’s ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday‘ is showcasing family and friends enjoying this long-standing tradition.

1940s vintage image of women at a picnic
Source: Etsy

Waiting patiently for the fun to begin.

vintage photo of husband and wife picnic 1940s early 1950s
Source: Etsy

Box Lunch Picnic.

1940s image of family having a box lunch picnic
Source: Etsy

No blanket or basket needed, just friends and family to make the day complete-1920’s.

1920s vintage picnic image
Source: Etsy

Sometimes you don’t even need food to just have fun hanging in the summer sun (circa 1940’s).

1940s vintage image of women at a picnic in a park
Source: Etsy

When the temperature dips down at night, warm yourself by the portable barbecue (1950’s).

Barbeque Happy Family Warming Hands Over Grill 1950s Summer Picnic
Source: Etsy

A fashionable family picnic (I love everyone’s look in this photo).

early 1950s vintage family picnic image
Source: Etsy

The note that went out to the friends before this 1930’s event happened (what I think was said): “Dear friends, I would like to have a picnic at the lake, ladies wear white and men wear striped shirts and white pants. See you there, Love Mabel”.

1930s vintage picnic image by the lake
Source: Etsy

“Patty and her picnic lunch”. How about Patty and her amazing 1940’s look?!

1940s vintage woman eating food at a picnic
Source: Etsy

Saddle shoes and plaid socks (the young woman is so adorable).

vintage 1940s image of family at a park having a picnic
Source: Etsy

Bicycling to the picnic spot (1920’s).

vintage photo 1929 Young Women on a bicycle
Source: Etsy

“I present the Hot Dog!”

vintage 1950s young couple with hot dogs having a picnic
Source: Etsy

Cheers to good times!

Vintage Photo of Friends Lifting Their Glasses on a Picnic, 1940's
Source: Etsy

I hope you had fun browsing today’s vintage photos, I know I had a blast spending time with these images and imagining the good times they all must have had.

Have a great Tuesday Friends!


Vintage Photo Tuesday: Women Who Wear Eyeglasses

Vintage Photo Tuesday-Women who wear eyeglasses

As you know (or maybe are just finding out), I wear glasses and I have since I was in Grade 4. I like wearing glasses because I think they suit me and it’s exciting that glasses today come in cool vintage styles which go perfect with my look.

The Vintage Inn Blog-Liz

It is because of being a glasses wearing gal that I wanted to do today’s ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday‘ post on “Young Women with Eyeglasses”. To simply showoff the beauty of wearing glasses (and not holding them like our lady friend in the image below).

Lets begin the eyeglasses parade!

1940s vintage image of 2 women in front of house
Source: Etsy

The beautiful woman below reminds me so much of Jessica from Chronically Vintage! Those who know Jessica, don’t you agree?

1940s vintage photo booth images of woman with glasses
Source: Etsy

The 1920’s. The era of round frames.

1920s vintage photo of stylish young women
Source: Etsy
YOUNG WOMAN PHOTO Portrait in Original Folder, Fur, Pearls, Elegant Dress, 1920's, Vintage Black and White Mounted Photography
Source: Etsy
1927 vintage image of two young women wearing glasses
Source: Etsy

March 22nd, 1930. 3 young women photographed for the Continental Optical Company in Indianapolis.

pretty 1930s woman in eyeglasses vintage image
Source: Indiana History

1930’s mother and daughter photo booth image.

Mother and Daughter Woman wearing Hat Girl wearing Glasses 1930s Photograph snapshot Vintage Souvenir Photo
Source: Etsy

Oct 1942 – Operating a hand drill at the North American Aviation, Inc., a woman is in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane (Source).

1940s vintage image of a woman working in a plant during the war
Source: Flickr

1945-Life Magazine Image.

1945 life magazine image of young woman wearing glasses
Source: Pinterest

Natalie Olmsted, District Recreation Supervisor, 1945. Those are some fantastic frames! They look checkered.

1940s vintage image of woman wearing glasses
Source: Flickr
Smiling Young Lady Sitting On Car - Vintage c1940s Snapshot Photo
Source: Etsy
1950s vintage image of woman in a car wearing glasses
Source: Etsy

1950’s. Cat Eye frames become a popular style.

1950s Snapshot Photo of Dreamy Eyed Woman in glasses
Source: Etsy
vintage photo 1950s Photo Booth Cat Eye Glasses Young Girls
Source: Etsy
Vintage Snapshot photo 1950 Cute Young Woman Cat Eye Glasses Rolled Blue Jeans Mid Centruy
Source: Etsy

Early 1960’s Cool.

Original 1960's Young Black African American Couple Photo
Source: Etsy

vintage comic strip about a girl wearing glasses 1940 1950s


QUESTION TIME: Do you wear glasses for necessity or for fun? Do you try to match them to your personality, your personal style or just whatever looks okay? Share in the comments below!


‘All The Ways We Dry Our Hair’-Vintage History of the Hair Dryer

Last week a dear friend of mine passed down a Vintage Lady Schick Hair Dryer that was her grandmothers. It’s in mint condition and will take my 8-10 hours of setting time for my hair to way less (not tested it yet but I’m hoping an hour tops!).

vintage lady schick hair dryer

While I held this wonderful gem in my hands, I got to thinking that I actually had no idea about the history of hair dryers (not even one tiny fact). So for today’s post we will be having a brief history lesson (to fix my lack of knowledge) and then a roundup of vintage ads and images. Enjoy!

vintage hair salon - Getty Image
Source: Huffington Post

Brief History of the Hair Dryer:

1890’s the hairdryer is invented by Alexandre Goldefroy, and consisted of a bonnet that attached to the chimney pipe of a gas stove. It was however big and bulky and not at all portable. PRIOR to this, woman were using vacuum cleaners to dry their hair, so this really was an improvement (I think).

vintage early hair dryer image
Source: racingnelliebly.com
vintage hair dryer ad
Source: racingnelliebly.com

1911-Armenian American inventor Gabriel Kazanjian was the first to patent a blow dryer in the United States (Source).

1915 (around)– Handheld dryers begin to appear on the market and became small enough to hold in your hand (thanks to companies like U.S. Racine Universal Motor Company and the Hamilton Beach Co).

1920s hand held hair dryer
1920s-1925 Hair Dryer Source: Phrontis – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Downfalls of the 1920’s Hair Dryers:

They were often heavy, weighing in at approximately 2 pounds (0.9 kg), and were difficult to use. They also had many instances of overheating and electrocution. Hair dryers were only capable of using 100 watts, which increased the amount of time needed to dry hair (the average dryer today can use up to 2000 watts of heat) (Source).

The 1950’s gave birth to the bonnet hair dryer, a small portable dryer connected by a tube to a plastic bonnet, as well as the rigid hood dryer, most frequently seen in today’s salons (Source).

1950s hair bonnet hair dryer advertisement

vintage hair dryers image

Since the 1920s, development of the hair dryer has mainly focused on improving the wattage and superficial exterior and material changes. In fact, the mechanism of the dryer has not had any significant changes since its inception. One of the more important changes for the hair dryer was the idea to make it out of plastic, so that it is more lightweight. This really caught on in the 1960s with the introduction of better electrical motors and the improvement of plastics.

1960s plastic hair dryer

In the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission set up guidelines that hair dryers had to meet to be considered safe to manufacture. Since 1991 the CPSC has mandated that all dryers must use a ground fault circuit interrupter so that it cannot electrocute a person if it gets wet. By 2000, deaths by blowdryers had dropped to fewer than four people a year, a stark difference to the hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents during the mid-20th century. (Source).

Vintage Ads & Images

1938 American Hairdresser Magazine Ad.

1938 vintage advertisement for hood hair dryers
Source: Wearing History

Even men got under the hood.

vintage hair salon with woman and men - getty images
Source: Huffington Post
Vintage Hair Dryer ad
Source: The Little Red Squirrel

When one needs to get out of the house quickly, you take matters into your own hands.

Vintage Photos of Hair Dryers
Source: Vintage Everyday
Vintage 1960s Hair Dryer Ad
Source: Etsy
1950s vintage hair dryer advertisement
Source: Pinterest

My hair would never look like this, if it was dried in the “Fresh Desert Air”.

vintage hair dryer advertisement

1920s woman having hair dried vintage image

I would be scared if this was what was drying my hair.

1930s vintage hair dryer image
Source: Vintage Everyday

Germany,1977. I can’t stop laughing.

vintage hair dryer german advertisement
Source: oobject.com

I will now leave you with a 1960’s ad for Lady Sunbeam Bonnet Hair Dryer and I really hope you enjoyed today’s post. (video link)


Question time: Do you own a vintage hair dryer that works? If you don’t currently own one, would you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Vintage Photo Tuesday: Student Life

As we all remember (or maybe don’t), school was not just about books and tests it was also about all the fun activities you could do outside of your regular classes. For example, I was in Drama club when I was in high school. I was terrible but I loved being part of something that made me smile and was my choice to be involved in. I also enjoyed the dances because I love to dance and dress-up and I got to do both a few times a year. Win!

Today’s “Vintage Photo Tuesday” is all about this “life outside of the classroom” and features students from various levels of education and schools from the 1920’s-1950’s.

Let’s take a look!

vintage image of students at university of Chicago
Source: University of Chicago Archives

October 1949: Paul Macdonald of Gananoque, Ont, 3rd year drawing and painting student, paints semi-abstract still life with fruit while 2nd year ceramics student Nancy Snider, of Islington, Ont, watches.

n student life. Image of students painting
Source: Library & Archives Canada

Boys and their portable radio-1948. Lineup outside the Athletic office for tickets for McGill football weekend.

1948 image of young men with a portable radio in suits vintage university of toronto
Source: University of Toronto Archives Image Bank

A group of dancing Dentettes in rehearsal for the 1946-47 Dentatics musical review. While I’m not sure what a “Dentette” is at the University of Toronto, I do know it looks like they are having fun.

1940s image of university students dancing in a kick line, women
Source: U of T Archives Image Bank

University of Toronto-Alpha Phi Fraternity – members singing at the piano (1952).

U of T Archives Image Bank

The Athletes Night Big Dance at University of Toronto-1952.

School Dance at University of Toronto Vintage Image 1952
Source: U of T Archives Image Bank

East York (Toronto) Student Panel-1949.

1949 East York Toronto Student Panel Vintage Image student life
Source Toronto Archives

The Jordan River Revue was a musical variety show written, produced, directed and acted in by Indiana University Students (Source). Here is a group performing “Peas and Beans”, 1946.

Jordan River Revue, "Peas and Beans" ," in Student Life at IU, Item #355
Source: IU Archives

The Book Nook Commencement was a mock commencement ceremony that took place at the Book Nook, a popular student hangout in the 1920s located at Indiana and Kirkwood Avenue.  A combination soda fountain and bookstore, the Book Nook was known for its music and the sometimes rowdy behavior of its customers.  For many years the Book Nook played a significant role in Indiana University student culture (Source).

Notable IU alum musician and composer Hoagy Carmichael was a frequent patron (Seen below at the piano, 1939), and it is said he composed his most famous songs, Stardust, at one of the Book Nook booths.

Hoagy Carmichael at the Book Nook University of Indiana 1939 Vintage Image
Source: IU Archives

Dorm Life at the University of Chicago, 1950’s.

Dorm Life at the University of Chicago 1950s vintage image
Source: University of Chicago Archives

Hanging out in the dining hall with friends and cokes-1940’s University of Chicago.

1940s student life at University of chicago dining hall vintage image
Source: University of Chicago Archives

I’m now going to end this week’s VPT with the most outstanding vintage student life image..ever! It is from the 1920’s at the University of Chicago. WOW! what style!

1920's vintage college image of 2 women and man vintage style university of chicago
Source: University of Chicago Archives


I hope you enjoyed this week’s ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday’. For more photos on student life, make sure you check out my last VPT on School Clubs.

Have a super day friends!



Vintage Photo Tuesday: School Clubs

Hello Friends! I’m back from London and Paris, and because I have been gone for a week and some we are going to jump right into today’s ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday‘ without further delay.

Today’s VPT is all about School Club’s.

School Bank Club Member, celluloid pinback, 1940's

1928 Cinema Club at the University School of Nashville (The Most Famous Club in the Universities History).

1928 photograph of the cinema club, excerpted from the 1928 Volunteer
PDS/USN, “1928 Cinema Club,” University School of Nashville Archives, accessed May 9, 2017, https://usnarchives.omeka.net/items/show/268.

The Hoofers Ski Club of the University of Wisconsin (1940’s-1949)

1940's hoofers ski club university of wisconsin
Source: UWDC

Members of the Fashion Club at University of Wisconsin get ready before a show (1950-1959)

Members of the Fashion Club at University of Wisconsin get ready before before a show (1950-1959)
Source: UWDC

Group shot of the Phoenix Club with a basketball (1930s-1940’s). What is the connection between basketball, the Phoenix and their slogan?

1940's university of wisconsin womens basketball club
Source: UWDC

This student group from the University of Chicago is unidentified on their website, but I’m going to assume that is probably the Book Club.

University of Chicago Student Group vintage image 1940s 1950s
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf digital item number, apf4-03524], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
When the Debate Club gets together they always bring their trophy’s to keep their “Eye on the Prize”. The University of Chicago Debate Club, 1950’s.

University of chicago debate group 1950s
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf digital item number, apf4-01315], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
1950’s Camera Club at the University of Chicago.

University of Chicago Photography group 1950s vintage image
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf digital item number,apf4-01697], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
University of Toronto’s Medical Glee Club-1948.

University of Toronto Medical Glee Club, 1948.
Source: Heritage University of Toronto

University of Nashville-1930’s French Club.

University of Nashville 1930s French Club vintage image
University School of Nashville Archives, accessed May 9, 2017, https://usnarchives.omeka.net/items/show/146.

1954 Record Club at the University of Nashville.

1954 Record Club at the University of Nashville vintage image
University School of Nashville Archives, accessed May 9, 2017, https://usnarchives.omeka.net/items/show/422.

Household Arts Club 1950’s, University of Nashville. Don’t they all look like they are having fun?!

University of Nashville Photograph of four female students in action during a home economics class 1950s
PDS/USN, “Household Arts Club,” University School of Nashville Archives, accessed May 9, 2017, https://usnarchives.omeka.net/items/show/330.


That is it for this post friends, I hope you enjoyed this week’s Vintage Photo Tuesday. The next installment will be all about ‘Student Life’.

Have a great day!


The Vintage Easter Roundup

Easter is this weekend (mmmm chocolate) so for today’s post I wanted to do a roundup of all things that fall under the category, “Vintage Easter”. This will include photos,ads, kitschy vintage Easter items for sale and anything else I can find. Of course it’s all from the 1920’s to the 1960’s because as you know, I just love those time periods.

Let the Easter Fun Begin!

Doris Day 1950s Easter Image

What used to be an annual tradition in Toronto was the Easter Parade. Here is an image from 1924 of stylish Torontonians walking past the Sunnyside Pavilion. Even all bundled up the women still look incredibly elegant.

1920's easter parade toronto

Easter chocolates and candy are not just for little kids (1950’s).

1950s vintage easter image
Source: Ebay

It’s important at any age to don your best dress for the Easter festivities. Aren’t these 2 girls just adorable?

1960s two little girls in their easter dresses vintage photo
Source: Tumblr

Bunnies as presents (only a good idea if approved first), circa 1930’s.

1930s vintage photo of boys at easter with real bunnies
Source: Etsy

You know you have been a good girl when you get to pick something up for Easter BEFORE Easter (1950’s). On a side note, I believe I own a similar purse that the lady looking at the camera is holding.

1950s bakery selling easter goods vintage image
Source: Tulsa Gal

A big part of Easter is all the wonderful foods that are served when the family gets together. Good thing it was a popular to post ads with recipes to help boost sales of products. Here are a couple of cake recipes to help make your Easter a bit more vintage.

1950's easter bunny cake vintage ad
Source: Click Americana
1950s vintage cake ad receipe
Source: Click Americana

How about Kitschy items for your table? Like this 1950’s Swedish Table Runner.

Swedish retro vintage 1950s printed linen design tabelcloth runner with green/ yellow/ pink flower/ chicken Easter motives on grey bottom
Source: Pinterest

A 1930’s Bobble Head Bunny planter makes perfect sense when wanting to add a touch of fun to the decor.

1930s bobble head bunny planter vintage
Source: Etsy
vintage 1950s plastic easter bunnies
Source: Etsy

Every egg needs a place to rest before being gobbled up.

Vintage Silver Plated Egg Cup Chicken in Nest Egg Holder 1950s
Source: Etsy

The Look: Gentlemen do you need a tie for your weekend activities? Then look no further than Wembley Ties (1954).

1954 Wembley Ties Ad - Easter Time is Wembley Time - 1950s Spring Neckties for Men
Source: Etsy

Need other tie options? How about Easy Tint Ties (1947)?

Easter Tint Ties by Manhattan - 1947 advertisement
Source: pzrservices

The men are all set, now ladies what will you wear? Maybe one of the pretty dresses pictured below?

Vintage Easter Dresses Ad
Source: Etsy

Matchy Matchy so you don’t lose each other in the Easter parade (I would assume).

Cardigan ad Pandora Sweaters, March 1953
Source: Pinterest

For those who like to adorn their outfits with kitschy brooches, then this vintage style carrot is perfect.

Easter bunny carrot brooch 1940s 1950s style
Source: Etsy

If you are wearing a carrot brooch then you really do need earrings to match. Like these super adorable 1940’s/50’s flocked bunny earrings pictured below.

Vintage 1940s-1950s Flocked Easter Holiday White Bunny Rabbit Earrings
Source: Etsy

Don’t forget the Easter Bonnets! 1928 Ad.

1928 Easter Hats vintage ad
Source: Old Advertising Tumblr

Chocolates and a hat..Oh My!

1946-- Sally Victor hats Whitman's Chocolate Ad
Source: Flickr

Cards are always a big part of this time of year, as American Greetings reminds us in 1949.

American Greeting Cards Ad 1949 (Easter)
Source: Pinterest

I tend to like to give out funny cards to family and friends and I know my hubby does too. Here is one from the 1950’s I just know I would end up with from the mister.

1950s vintage easter card front
Source: Etsy
1950s vintage easter card inside
Source: Etsy


Have a wonderful Easter Weekend friends!


The Women of Canada’s Heritage Minutes: 1900’s to the 1940’s

March 8th was International Women’s Day and in honour of this day Heritage Canada released it’s newest ‘Heritage Minute‘. The Heritage Minute is various pieces of Canadian history in an easy to digest 1 min or less video. These minutes (formally called ‘Historica Minutes: History by the Minute‘) have been part of the Canadian culture since 1991 and have been learning tools for students, adults and also subjects of many parodies.

Canada's Heritage Minutes

Their most recent video is about The Edmonton Grads (1915–40) a women’s championship basketball team coached by Percy Page. During their 25 years as a team, the Grads won an astounding 95 per cent of their matches. The Grads were national and world champions, often defeating their opponents by lopsided scores. The team won the Underwood International Trophy (USA–Canada) for 17 years straight (1923 to 1940), and was undefeated in 24 matches held in conjunction with the Olympic Summer Games in 1924, 1928 and 1936.

The edmonton grads womens basketball team
Source: Globe and Mail

For today’s post I wanted to showcase some of the women of Canadian history (like the Edmonton Grads) who have made their mark in various ways, focusing on the time periods from the 1900′ to the late 1940’s.


Nursing Sisters: The minute commemorates the service and sacrifice of women on the front lines of the First World War through the retelling of a real event from May 1918. It is the story of two of the nearly 3000 trained nurses who served overseas.

Agnes MacPhail: .1935-Canada’s first female MP (members of Parliament) contributed to the reform of the Canadian penal system.

Mona Parsons: 1945- Mona Parsons is sentenced to a Nazi prison camp (but escapes execution) for helping downed Allied airmen escape.

Nellie McClung: 1916-The next video depicts Nellie McClung’s confrontation with Premier R.P. Roblin to win the right to vote for Manitoban women. She is noted for staging a ‘Mock parliament, attacking votes for men’.

Pauline Vanier: Is part of one of Canada’s most remarkable families who worked tirelessly to aid displaced persons and refugees during the Second World War (1939–1945).

Emily Murphy: 1929-Recounts how Murphy and a group of Canadian women secured the rights of women as persons throughout the Commonwealth.

The last Heritage Minute for today’s post, is Viola Desmond. She was an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940’s.


Friends, I hoped you enjoyed learning a little about some of these amazing women of Canada. I also hope this post encourages you to go out and learn more about the women of your own country and share their story. Knowledge is power!

If you want to watch more videos or listen to short radio programs on the other women I did not have time to post here, then please visit the Heritage Minutes Website.


Come Visit Canada! Vintage Travel Posters

Happy New Year! We made it to 2017 and I just have this wonderful feeling that its going to be an awesome year. One of the cool things happening in Canada this year, is our 150th Birthday, yes Canada is turning the big 1-5-0 and she is still looking good (even better if I may say). I’m excited this year to get out and explore more of my beloved country and share my adventures with all of you. So stay tuned!

For today’s post we will be exploring beautiful Vintage Canadian Travel Posters & Advertising.

Vintage 1920s Canadian Travel Poster

Join us in British Columbia.

vintage british columbia map cover
Source: Ebay
Whistler vintage poster
Source: Ebay

The water is nice at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta ( BTW Friends: I will be doing a ‘Vintage Travel to do list post on this hotel next week).

1920s Chateau Lake Louise Vinta
Source: DiMagio

The Mountie and the Rockies, iconic Canadian symbols.

Canadian Pacific Vintage Poster with Mountie and rockies
Source: Pinterest
Vintage Canadian Travel Poster
Source: Pinterest

Saskatoon, is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. There was also a song written about it in 1915, as seen in the sheet music image below.

Vintage Travel Poster Saskatoon
Source: Collections Canada

Here is what the song sounded like. So very Ragtime!

Vintage Manitoba travel advertising
Source: Click Americana
ontario vintage travel poster two women on a dock
Source: Made Man

Cruise the Great Lakes of Ontario.

Source: Allposters

You MUST go to Niagara Falls when you visit, it’s breathtaking!

Source: Allposters

The poster is correct, Quebec is truly a Winter Wonderland.

Quebec Vintage Travel Poster
Source: Pinterest

My dad attended Expo 67 in Montreal.

montreal expo 67 vintage poster
Source: Pinterest

Head to the East Coast to discover a truly charming part of Canada.

Canada East Coast Travel Poster Vintage
Source: Pinterest

Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Calling - Digby Pines vintage photo
Source: Collectors Weekly

Known world-wide for the beloved and spunky character, Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island will truly delight.

vintage Prince Edward Island advertising
Source: Pinterest
vintage new brunswick travel advertising
Source: Pinterest

‘Canada’s Happy Province’. This slogan from a 1965 ad for Newfoundland and Labrador made me giggle. I guess the rest of Canada’s provinces are grumpy and unwelcoming?

newfoundland-labrador vintage travel poster
Source: I desire Vintage Posters

Canada also has 3 Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territory and Nunavut.

Yukon vintage travel poster
Source: Pinterest
Source: Allposters


For more vintage travel posters, check out my blog post ‘See Canada by Train-Vintage Advertising‘.

Question Time: If you have travelled in Canada, where were your favorite places?