Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collecting Vintage Radios from the 1940's to 1960s


Before television there was radio. Radios have been around with us since the early 1900's. Today radio collectors seek out the relics of the past whether tube or transistor. Powell Crosley brought radios into the affordable market. Before he decide to design and mass-produce radios were only affordable for the well to do families of the time. He also started WLW radio station, owned the Cincinnati Reds having Crosley field named after him and produced the first night baseball game.

The early radios based on vacuum tube technology started in wood cases and then moved to Bakelite. Radios come in 3 types console, table top and pocket. The pocket radios I used as a kid to listen to World Series games during school days. Yes, the where played during the daytime once upon a time. And yes, teachers let us get away with it as long as we didn't bother other students.

Here are some examples of the some radios that we found in the hills of Tennessee. Check them out at VintageMARK.market

Until next time, Indy


Motorola Portable Tube Type from the late 1940s.

Emerson Vanguard 888 Space Age Design Large Pocket Radio

Alco AC-DC Transistor Space Age Design Made in Japan
  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adding Slot Cars and Vintage Kitchenware to VintageMARK Shop



Indypicker has been selling vintage items online since 2008. We just created a new brand and retail website called VintageMARK. While selling awesome vintage jewelry, watches, coins, toys, books and more we are going to be adding some new items such as vintage kitchen appliances and slot cars.

These toasters and waffle irons have become quit collectible. Our restoration shop will them spruce up and make sure they are in safe order.





As a kid of the 60's it was the prime of slot car racing. I can remember getting a slot car track for Christmas. It was a 1/32 scale set with a yellow and white indycar style cars. One of my classmates brother had a 4 lane 1/24 scale track in their basement which was incredible.

We are currently procuring vintage bodies and will be using 3D printing technology to duplicate these bodies and develop chassis that are no longer with the body. Vintage track accessories are something we are looking at with 3D technology.

We will keep you posted on the progress, check our twitter and Facebook pages for more on this.

Until next time, Indy

Friday, March 3, 2017

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry | Millennial Series Part 1




Millennial Series Part 1. This is part 1 of a multi-part educational series geared toward the millennial generation on collecting vintage and antique items. There will be series for both men and women. Part 2 will be collecting vintage toys. Comments, questions, feed-back is welcome.

To see some vintage jewelry check our new site at VintageMARK

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry 


Collecting period costume jewelry can be exciting and fun. So what is costume jewelry? Costume jewelry is usually but not always made from non-precious metals and non-gemstones. Many pieces are pot metal and paste gems, but not always.

What is meant by period? You have the term antique jewelry which covers any piece that is over 100 years old. But we have periods that are defined and those pieces can usually be defined by the look of the period.

Victorian Period [named after Queen Victoria] - 1837 to 1901 












Edwardian Period [named after King Edward] - roughly 1901 to end of World War I













Art Nouveau Period -1890 to 1910 was defined as a style that defined architecture, art to furniture and jewelry. Art Nouveau period costume jewelry usually involved earth object shapes such as insects, goddess images and flowery flowing images. Many curved designs.










Art Deco Period - 1920 to 1940 replaced the trend of Art Nouveau with designs being symmetrical changing from the nature designs of Nouvea.














Celluloid, Bakelite & Lucite the plastics come of age from early 1900's through the 1960's. Celluloid is easily recognized as you will see in the example. Bakelite must be tested to assure its Bakelite. Lucite replaced Bakelite around the 1950s. Quality Bakelite is getting harder to find and be aware of Chinese Fakelite selling on eBay.

 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Vintage Item Collecting for Millennials - Intro






Welcome millennials to the first of a multi-part educational series on collecting vintage items. 

A little about Indypicker ~ we are a husband and wife team [high school sweethearts] that after first being married started going together to antique stores/flea markets in the 1970s for entertainment on the weekends while being stationed in the Air Force in Merced, California. We continued this throughout the years and then in 2008 started an online business based on our passion for items of the past and have sold thousand of items since then.

Why do we collect? collecting is a hobby of seeking, locating, purchasing and cataloging like items to display for enjoyment by yourself and by your friends. Some collect as an investment such as coins, watches and such but, mainly we collect for the enjoyment. Whether you are single or a couple it is something you can do to ENJOY! 

First, collecting doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars as the popular TV shows like Pawn Stars and American Picker portray. You can start a collection for items under $10.

Now what do I collect? for me it's vintage radios [tube and transistor], Indy500 memorabilia [of course I was born in Indianapolis] and Indy 500 diecast cars. For you it can be either something of your childhood or your parents and grandparents lifetimes. The term "Vintage" is defined by sellers meaning something that is at least 20-25 years old. So does that make you millennials vintage? LOL ya, the old guy made a joke.

Next, the term "Retro" usually means something that is new but is in the design of something from the past. We will discuss in future posts of how to determine whether or not the item you are currently starring at is really a period piece of a newer Made in China "Retro" piece.

We will also give you ideas of where to find your treasured items you seek and how to put together a weekend of fun in the car hunting these items at local shops, flea markets and swap meets or where to find them on the web.


Here is my prize 1937 Zenith Art Deco style radio that we found in an antique mall in Springfield Ohio. It is in working order as well. Below are just some reference items that are put together by genre.

Vintage Bakelite 1920-40's
 
Vintage Mid-Century Toys


We will break the series into periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-century and Current Vintage [20-years old] and niche items for guys and gals such as jewelry, mid-century home decor, coins, watches, comic books, vintage toys, star wars and more. While these are just a few of the items we will discuss we will be asking for your help in what you would like to see [enter a comment]. If you have a question on something you already own again comment or send us an email at indypicker@woh.rr.com. Remember this blog series is for you.  

Don't forget to jump over to VintageMARK to see our current vintage items we have for sale. These are always changing so join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @indypicker.

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Until next time, Indy

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Collecting Bakelite in Today's Market Place



We have been buying and selling Bakelite jewelry and other Bakelite items since 2008 and have witnessed the landscape change in the last 8 years. It is becoming harder to find good quality items at a fair price. We have also seen the introduction of Fakelite coming from China and being sold on eBay.

eBay is packed with items that claim to be Bakelite but most first looks can tell you they are plastic or other materials. Sellers list items as Bakelite Celluloid Lucite trying to cover all the keywords that a piece of jewelry might be. Didn't take me long to find this example as it was on the first page of my search. Sometimes the seller just doesn't know what it is and while it is so easy to test Bakelite using semichrome, plastic polish or even water and a Q-tip.


Estate sales are yielding more and more plastic costume jewelry as the age of the owners start to creep into the 1950's and 60's from the 1930's to 40's. Unless they got grandmothers items you are to likely find more Lucite and just plain plastic pieces.

Here are some of our current Bakelite jewelry we have for sale on our online shop. These have all been verified and are identified by their industry known Bakelite colors such as Rootbeer, Ice Tea, Creamed Spinach, Paprika and such not brown and green..

http://www.govintagecollectibles.net/store/c5/Jewelry_%26_Watches.html

We would be interested to hear what you are seeing in your market places. Don't forget to check out our current selection of Bakelite items by clicking on the picture above or go to VintageMARK.

Until next time, Indy

Friday, July 15, 2016

Vintage Plastic Action Figures from the 1950/60's






Going to the Dime Store was a real treat for us kids growing up in the 1950/60's. And one of the items boys were always attacked to were plastic army men and and anything that had to do with war and the space age.

Manufactures such as Marx, MPC, Ideal, Crescent Toys, Timmee and others created very realistic looking action figures in natural poses. They came in different sizes from around 2" to over 5" in height and usually came in a cardboard/plastic pack with different genres such Cowboys and Indians, army soldiers, pilots and astronaut spacemen and often had accessories such as fence, cactus, jeeps, tanks, airplanes and rocket-ships.

Some came with complete action sets. 






We have come across some vintage space age and military large plastic figures that are up for sale at our online shop VintageMARK 




Until next time.

Cheers, Indy


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Resto of Vintage Fada Radio Part 1



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We found a great Fada radio model 7040 from 1947 while picking in the Northern Indiana town of Markel. This model came in very plain white and brown Bakelite only and this one has some cosmetic issues with cracks.

  The seller told us it only hums when turned on. After disassembling we found the antenna was disconnected which is more than likely why no stations. The hum also indicates the capacitors are also likely to be dried up, so they will be getting replaced.

 Lots of dirt gets collected inside the old radios over the decades.
Case cracked and will be epoxied and bondo'ed.
 Antenna wire broken loose and will be re-soldered.


The dial is gold with red numbers so our new resto paint scheme will be Cherry Red and Gold. We will accent the Art Deco design elements by accenting the red chassis with gold.

We will be keeping you up to date on the restoration and finally when it will be put up for sale.

Until next time. Indypicker