Vintage Rolodex 3500 S Phone Desk Organizer

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rolodex 3500s

rolodex 3500 s

Industrial strength, they just don’t make things like this today! Made in that wonderful industrial greige (that’s grey and beige), this Rolodex is special! Even the top that closes is all metal, not like the newer ones that are plastic. The condition is very good to excellent, no dings, or dents.

As you can see, the plate that indicates it’s a Rolodex 3500 S is present.The handle wheels on either side read Zephyr American Corp., New York, N.Y.  Even the bottom still has all four protective pads. I removed the used cards, but left the retro blue alphabetical dividers A-Z, and some blank cards. You would just need to add your contacts if you are using as more than an iconic prop or desk accessory.

Measurements: 10″ tall x 10″ d x 9″ w

 

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Photo-Lettering, Inc. Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3

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Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3 Photo-Lettering Inc Cover

Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3 Photo-Lettering Inc inside

 

We have had interest and several serious inquiries regarding our hard bound manual of typefaces: Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3, published in 1971. As collectors, and designers, we have long held a fascination with type. We received a note from a graphic designer and typographer, Alex Sheldon, whose foundry is called Match and Kerosene. As a freelancer, he has “had the pleasure to work with the likes of Fearless Records, Warner Brothers Records, Motown/Universal, Epitaph Records, and Tooth and Nail/EMI.” His fonts are available through My Fonts. As fellow type and hand lettering fanatics, we thought we would acknowledge him and share some of the original inspirations for our interest.

Our initial interest in hand lettering and fonts was kindled in youth, by the lettering and graphics designed for use in print media in the 60s and 70s. Posters, handbills, album covers, dust jackets, still memorable examples of posters for legendary bands including Cream, Blue Cheer, Traffic, Quick Silver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Doors, the Velvet Underground, and countless others.

Posters by unknown and marginally known artists, such as Wes Wilson, Bob Fried, Gary Grimshaw, Lee Conklin, Bob Schnepf, Bonnie MacLean, as well as the giants, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley designing under the moniker, “Family Dog” or Victor Moscoso’s “Neon Rose.” The posters and handbills they created for shows at landmark venues for promoters such as Bill Graham Productions, including the Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom, are highly collectible ephemera today. Boasted as “the world’s largest dealer” in rock and roll posters from that era is ClassicPosters.com. Other resources include Psychotron Posters and Wolfgang’s Vault. The original hand drawn graphics of this era are inspirational. The vibrating and psychedelic effects of some are visually boggling, even to those adept at the latest design apps available through Adobe.

Just the beginning of lost creative innocence, because our interest evolved further with jazz artists and the covers for their vinyl recordings. But beyond even those seminal interests associated with advertising art, however subliminally, we as artists, have sought out and used fonts in our creative endeavors. Paying homage to the creators of well known and well used fonts, as well as more obscure and headline fonts in our work as artists, in print, and through use in our neon and dimensional signage and sculpture. All are bits and pieces of a curious creative continuum.

 

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Handmade Ceramic and Fabric OOAK Clown Toy Doll

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clown doll

clown doll

This very unusual, and very well made, handmade clown who was lovingly made down to the small red heart in the glaze on one of its two ceramic saddle shoes. The details are endearing. He was made with a flexible metal armiture enabling movement of arms, legs . He is cushy, soft with the exception of the ceramic details. The head, hands, and shoes with a lone big toe sticking out are fired, and glazed ceramic. His fine hair looks like it was pressed through a ricer or similar extruding device. His clothing is made of fabric and felt with internal stuffing. He is very clean, with ony a few nicks in the glaze on the soles of his shoes. A friend gave him to us in the late 90s when she was down sizing, to include in our large figurative collection.

Measurements: 18″ standing, 6″ shoulder width

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70s Vintage Glazed Ceramic Bird Feeder with Macrame

ceramic bird Feeder

ceramic bird Feeder

Here is a bird feeder that shows its age. Out of a collection of family objects from the 70s, the macrame and hand thrown glazed ceramic bird feeder would be perfect for smaller chickadees, titmouse, or finches. Suspend it from the macrame, on the slip fused clay decoration on the top, or replace with your own creation or a simple, non-corrosive wire rope holder. Place the seed inside and watch the birds sit on the perches and pick their favorite seeds from the mixture. One larger perch is on one side, it appears there may have been a second larger perch that is no longer there but, the pieces that are fused to the body of the feeder still allow for use by smaller species.

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