Archive for July, 2015

I am wrapping up a few days out in Seattle (more posts to come) and just had to share this snapshot I took at the city’s famed Pike Place Market – a vendor selling my favorite flowers with a glimpse of the Market’s iconic sign in the background… The perfect photo to sum up my trip to the Emerald City.

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FF1If I could live on a webpage I think would live on the Vintage Cameras and Goods page on the site of the fine folks at Four Corner Store – “purveyors of fine photographic and analog goods.”

I love this page because I love the look of vintage cameras, especially mid-century film cameras of which Four Corner has plenty.

About Four Corner Store’s Vintage Cameras and Goods:

“As avid camera collectors ourselves, we are on the constant search for fun, vintage cameras. Sometimes we find great ones, sometimes we find other obscure and unique items as well.”

Meanwhile, Four Corner Store has a bunch of other great things, like hard-to-find film for old cameras…

…and brand new film cameras.

Find Four Corner Store’s Vintage Cameras and Goods here.

See all the “fine photographic and analog goods” of Four Corner Store here.

FF1I really like the fine decanter I found from the fine folks at The Future Perfect – the Loos Liqueur Decanter.

About the Loos Liqueur Decanter from The Future Perfect:

“With its clear, uncompromising concept of form, the architect Adolf Loos was ahead of his time. The glass of this decanter, featuring a fine, satin polished brilliant cut, was designed by Loos, executed by Lobmeyr, and was first produced for the ‘American Bar’ in Vienna.”

However, at a price point of nearly $1,000 – I may have to wait until someone makes a gift of the Loos Decanter. In the meantime, I can make do with the Gibson Home Easley 5-Piece Square Decanter Set I found at Walmart. Yes, Walmart. At least this decanter comes with four glasses.

Find the supremely elegant Loos Liqueur Decanter from The Future Perfect here

See all the great products of The Future Perfect here.

hb1Over the recent Fourth of July weekend, I was thrilled to attend the 8th Annual Independence Weekend Baseball Classic cosponsored by the Hingham Historical Society and Hingham Vintage Base Ball in Hingham, MA.

As a lover of baseball and all things vintage, this old time baseball game was a great treat. The players play in vintage uniforms and using the rules from the early days of the game in the Civil War era.

About the Independence Weekend Baseball Classic in Hingham, MA: “Step back into the 1860s and see the boys of summer play nine frames of Base, that new game of ball that is taking America by storm. The Hingham Derbys and their cross town arch-rivals, the Mighty Hingham Coopers compete for the coveted Hingham Bucket trophy. Base Ball enthusiasts are invited to sit on the lush grass hills at Talbot Field for a birds-eye view of this spectacular, fast paced, ‘small ball’ game that is played without mitts and without tears. These lads play for the love of the game in its simplest forms. There are no agents, no trainers and no wages. In 1860s fashion, they compete by the old and honorable rules which allow the hidden ball trick, the spitter, the foul ball double play and a demonstrable ignorance of balk rules. This family event is a collaborative effort of the Hingham Historical Society, the Vintage Base Ball players and their families. Donations are encouraged at the gate with all proceeds benefiting the Hingham Historical Society. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, sun glasses and a love of the game as it was meant to be played. Vintage Base Ball has become a popular part of Hingham’s Independence Day festivities. Games are played according to authentic 1880s rules (no gloves!), in period uniforms.”

Learn more about the Independence Weekend Baseball Classic in Hingham, MA here.

See my gallery of photos from this great afternoon out here – click on the thumbnail to see the full photo:


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FF: The Phantom Decanter from CB2

FF1It has been a while since I posted about something I found from CB2, so it is due time. Well, CB2’s Phantom Decanter is just cool beyond words.

About The Phantom Decanter from CB2:

“Disappearing act. Handmade glass decanter fades from slick electroplated silver to clear, revealing the elixir within. Sculptural shape is topped off to keep wine and spirits fresh.”

Find the Phantom Decanter from CB2 here.

See all the coolness that is CB2 here.

FF: The Bourbon Cocktail Cherries from Jack Rudy Cocktail Company

FF1I am not the biggest fan of jarred cherries but the Bourbon Cocktail Cherries I found from the fine folks at Jack Rudy Cocktail Company had me at hello.

About the Bourbon Cocktail Cherries from Jack Rudy Cocktail Company:

“When updating the cocktail cherry we looked to our Kentucky roots for inspiration, combining Bourbon from our home state with Oregon cherries. The result is the ideal companion to any number of drinks, most notably those made with whiskey. You might find them good enough to eat straight from the jar; a gentle buzz may not be far behind.”

Find the Bourbon Cocktail Cherries from Jack Rudy Cocktail Company here.

See all the fine products from Jack Rudy Cocktail Company here.

FF: The Cue Ball Coasters from Kim Seybert

FF1Finally today, on the totally excessive scale I have fallen in love with the classic Cue Ball Coasters I found from Kim Seybert

…creator of “Designer Lifestyle Accessories.”

See all the fine Designer Lifestyle Accessories from Kim Seybert here.

The over $100 price tag for Ms. Seybert’s coasters may be a little high…

…so I may settle for the OXO Softworks 8 Pack Silicone Coasters available from the fine folks at Target for under $12.

You may recall the story behind how this blog got its name – basically, I found a sad little metal cowboy buried amongst many other items on a table at a flea market and just had to “rescue” what I thought was a sad and lost item. Anyway, that was the inspiration for what has now been a five year endeavor.

Well, as I mentioned the other day, I made a trip to the Todd Farm Antiques & Flea Market in Rowley, MA this past weekend. I was minding my own business and examining the wares offered for sale when I was put in the same position I found myself all those years ago when I found my first Lost Cowboy… I spotted this little guy among a bunch of other smalls and knew I just had to rescue him.

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FF1I can’t tell you how great today’s book is. The Oregon Trail – A New American Journey by Rinker Buck is everything you could ever hope for in a summer read: a true life adventure, historical narrative and a just plain well-told story of a modern effort to understand America’s past.

In The Oregon Trail, writer Rinker Buck, and his brother, set off to retrace the historic path across America first undertaken in part by Lewis and Clark and then traveled by our brave forefathers in an effort to expand the breadth of our nation. This is not the story of a road trip as we know it today, it is an epic recreation of what those pioneers faced: mules, broken wagon wheels and weather woes included.

About The Oregon Trail A New American Journey by Rinker Buck: “An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West—scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history—it united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, was hailed by The New Yorker as ‘a funny, cocky gem of a book,’ and with The Oregon Trail he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life.”

Living the past couple of years in Kansas where many of the trails leading west during the great mid-19th century migration across our county passed, I have come to appreciate much more about that era in American history. As a born and bred New Englander who is proud of the Colonies’ role in the American Revolution, it is nice to now live in place that was the great frontier at one time and was key to the growth of our nation. In The Oregon Trail, Mr. Buck brings an even greater appreciation for the history and what hardships and sacrifices those early American pioneers had to endure, all told as part of a personal journey with a nod to the past.

The Oregon Trail A New American Journey by Rinker Buck is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

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