Dec 4, 2011

Just like There Will Be Blood .... Only Real!

We recently acquired this neat photograph of an oil well on the prairie. There is a man in a suit and hat walking down a dirt road towards the rig, and a range of snow-capped mountains in the background.

If you look closely, you can see the wooden structures attached to the derrick, and a number of other small buildings scattered about. It's a little hard to tell - at least for us, since we're not oil experts - but we believe this is a wooden derrick. We're still trying to figure out what the large whitish patch on the ground is. Although it looks a bit like snow, there isn't snow anywhere else on the ground (except up in the mountains, of course).

The photo doesn't have a date on it; we think it was probably taken in the early 1900s. As for location, the mountains lead us to believe that the photo was taken in the Western U.S. -- perhaps in Colorado or California.

As we did some more research into late 1800s-early 1900s oil wells, we ran across great terms like "gushers," and learned about things like jack plants, why wooden oil barrels are a bad idea, and transporting oil from well to city/town by horse and carriage. (Can you imagine what that must have been like?) We also ran across some incredible antique and vintage photographs of the oil industry around the turn of the century - some of which we've shared below. Now we just have to go watch There Will Be Blood again....

Oct 17, 2011

New Christmas & Winter Photos

We've been posting some great vintage winter and holiday photos recently. Here are few... stay tuned, more are on the way!

Vintage Christmas Card (unused) - Byrnes Sisters (Maybe Twins) Wish You Merry Christmas From Behind a Picture Window - Photo Postcard, 1950s
The Byrne sisters wish you a very Merry Christmas, 1958.

Such bright colors on this vintage Christmas card.

Antique Class Photo - Elementary School, Christmas 1934
Christmas at school, 1934.

Sep 14, 2011

Early 1900s Children's Fashion: Romper Suits & Tunics

We recently acquired some wonderful old photographs of children from the early 1900s. In many, the children are wearing tunics and romper suits, which were quite fashionable at the time. While initially rompers were primarily worn by young boys, it wasn't long before they were being worn by boys and girls alike.


        When tunics and romper suits became a popular form of children's wear around the turn of the century, it marked a significant departure from the Victorian era, when children were commonly dressed in fancy outfits that were, to say the least, not especially conducive to youthful (e.g, messy) play and exuberance.

Sep 3, 2011

Great Photographs from the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts

We were recently introduced to the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts' photostream on Flickr, where some truly moving and impressive photographs have been uploaded.

A few of our favorites are below. The next time we're in San Diego, we're definitely heading to the museum for a more up close and personal look!

"Painters on the Brooklyn Bridge Suspender Cables-October 7, 1914"

Newsboys, Hartford, Conn. - March (1909)

"Bass Cove"

Mollie Steuben topping beets, near Sterling, Colorado - October 21

"Wolf - Crow" (c. 1910)

Aug 19, 2011

Lots of Vintage Photos Newly Listed!

After a brief hiatus, we are back posting new photos in my Etsy and Ebay shops with a vengeance! Here are a few of the most recent additions:

Don't you just love the bowl cuts on these siblings? Adorable.

A Seminole Indian on the Tamiami Trail in Florida, 1938.

Group photo of workers at a mattress factory in the early 1900s.
A really neat piece of history.

How long do you think it took these ladies to get dressed in these
amazing Edwardian outfits? And what incredible hats!

Jun 15, 2011

Our Favorite Photo of the Week

There were a number of contenders among the new inventory we picked up over the past week, but here is our favorite newly-acquired vintage photograph:

Gorgeous Early 1900s RPPC - Young Woman in Edwardian Attire

It is an early 1900s real photo postcard (RPPC) of a lovely young woman, dressed in classic Edwardian style. She has on a beautiful white blouse, tucked in tightly at the waist, with slightly poofy sleeves, a wide, flat collar, and an inverted fan of lace between the edges of the collar. The look is pulled together by a fashionable metal bar pin at the neck. And don't you just love her hairdo? Although pulled carefully up and back , it also has a sort of loose and untamed look to it.

The photo itself is just stunning. No matter how many thousands of vintage photographs we see, we never cease to be amazed by the sharpness and clarity of photographs that date back more than one-hundred years!

Jun 1, 2011

Bring Back the Hats!

We were estimating the dates of a few vintage photographs earlier today, based on the fashions worn in the photos.Most, like this one, were from the 1920s and 1930s, which led us, naturally, to hats!

We have always envied women in the modern era who are able to pull off hat-wearing with cool confidence. Looking back, though, some of the styles from the '20s and '30s were so lovely that most women must have looked stunning in them. Some are simple, some are fancy, but nearly all are so elegant! 

Here are a few vintage hats available from fellow Etsy vintage shops that are representative of the 1920s and 1930s. Which is your favorite? 

Vintage Black Rayon Jazz AgeTilt Hat by GetLuckyVintage

Vintage 1920's-1930's Felt Cloche Fedora Hat by VintageClothingDream

Pale peach wool vintage hat by PinkRoseVintage

 Vintage 1920s-1930s Small Brimmed Crinoline Lacy Cloche Hat by TheLittlestSister

May 24, 2011

Dedicated to the Tornado Victims...

A treasury dedicated to all the victims of the recent natural disasters.

One of the featured shops, JillHannah, has even stepped up to the plate and is offering to donate to 20% of the purchase price of the eggbeaters from her shop to the Red Cross. Who's going to buy them and help out? Thanks, JillHannah!

Apr 9, 2011

Mystery Vintage Wall-Mounted Accessory

We acquired this piece during a recent estate sale jaunt. It was an item in one of those miscellaneous "lots" commonly found at such sales.
Do you know what this is?
      We just love picking up those miscellaneous boxes and lots at estate sales. Often, you can acquire them for just a few dollars. Other buyers frequently pass over these miscellaneous lots because it just looks like a bunch of uninteresting leftovers.

       A case in point: we recently won a box of assorted items in an online estate sale auction for $1.00. We made the $1.00 bid and figured someone else would certainly swoop in and take it with a hefty $2.00 bid before the closing bell. We were wrong.

       As it turned out, that $1.00 bid resulted in some pretty neat vintage finds, including collectible 1950s mugs, milk glass, orphan pieces of fine china in excellent condition, and much more! Guess it's true what they say .... one woman's junk is another woman's treasure!

Which brings us to the item in the photo. We almost passed over this little piece when we first pulled it out of the box along with miscellaneous other items destined for the trash bin. But when we took a closer look, our vintage-lover's curiosity was piqued. We don't know what its original purpose was, but thought it would make a neat vintage bathroom accessory -- perfect for rings or other jewelry, or even to hold a little decorative, round bar of soap.

We did a bunch of research trying to figure out what it was, and also put the question to the experts on several Etsy vintage teams -- including the Vintage Lovers team and the We Love Vintage! Do You? team. Many creative ideas were bounced around, but a general consensus emerged. What do you think it is?

Click here if you're stumped!

Apr 4, 2011

A New Life for Vintage Easter Post Cards

We just love this repurposing of vintage Easter post cards! What a great way to use and display these wonderful, old-time treasures. We'll have to keep this in mind when the Fourth of July rolls around... and May Day, and Halloween, and Christmas....

Vintage Easter Post Card Garland, by Vintage Scraps on Etsy

Apr 1, 2011

Fruits and Vegetables and Felt - It's Spring!

We never cease to be impressed, and inspired, by the creativity and talent of the many artists selling their handmade pieces on Etsy. Today, we ran across these delightful needle felted fruits and vegetables, complete with their own grocery bag.

Needle Felted Groceries - by LauraLeeBurch on Etsy
What a cute idea -- and just in time for spring, too.

We also love the sweet felted pink pig puppet in Laura Lee's Etsy shop. Those ears are just huge!

Mar 27, 2011

Classic Cool. Lives Forever.

In our humble opinion, Steve McQueen was (and is) the epitome of cool. Below is a gallery of items, all for sale on Etsy, that represent The McQueen Cool. Enjoy, and stay Cool.

(A shoutout to GM, the Coolest law professor we know, who unknowingly inspired this treasury by pointing us to A Continuous Lean -- a Cool site that recently posted a story on the upcoming auction of Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche 911S.)

Mar 24, 2011

An Ode to Butter Pats

When we first saw these cuties, we thought they were little salt dishes. It also seemed that they were about the right size for a child's tea set, but we don't know many parents who would give their little children such nice dishware for a playset...

At only 3 inches in diameter, we thought they would make a perfect salt and pepper set for a formal table setting.

Turns out, we was wrong. They are actually "butter pats."

Butter pats! How adorable! 

Other names for these great little pieces include "butter chips," "butters," "butter pat plates," "butter pads" and "individual butters." As all these names suggest, butter pats are small dishes for serving an individual pat of butter to diners at the table. 

Several different butter shapes were used in butter pats. Sometimes it was a simple square of butter, other times it was a pat of butter molded into a pretty shape (such as a rosette) or stamped with an image (such as a family crest).

Butter pats were apparently the height of fashion from the 1880s to the 1910s, back when butter was typically made at home. Back before the advent of convenient pre-packaged butter quarters. (Can you imagine having to churn, knead, and mold your own butter? I certainly can't.) 

Butter pats were commonly a part of china sets until the early 20th century. After that, they started fading from use, especially as butter became more commercially available.  

Today, butter pats are quite collectible. There is even an association dedicated to butter pat collectors, called, unsurprisingly, The Butter Pat Patters Association. (Try saying that five times fast.) I'm not sure what butter pat patters do, but my bet is that it's a unique bunch.

Modern Butter Pats for Brunch
Butter Pats for the Modern Kitchen
We think a movement to bring back the butter pat is in order. It's just so very .... civilized. Not to mention that we can all use a little more vintage in our lives!

Now, if formal, vintage Victorian isn't quite your style, take a look at this neat idea on how to bring the butter pat to your modern brunch table. And if you really want to get adventurous, you can make your own molded pats of butter to put on your (vintage or modern) butter pats!

Mar 23, 2011

We Want Mad Men!

We just heard through the proverbial grapevine that Season 5 of Mad Men will likely be delayed. Sad news, indeed.

But instead of sulking about it, we made an Etsy treasury -- a gallery of items for sale by other Etsy sellers -- in honor of Mad Men Season 5, whenever it may come. It's full of great vintage finds. Come take a look!

Brighten Up Your Style!

Pretty Two-Tone Yellow Enamel Flower BroochSpring is here! (Well, by the calendar at least.) But regardless of whether spring has sprung where you live, this great vintage flower brooch will make you feel, well .... springy!

The yellows are crazy bright and sunshiny. Seriously, we smile every time we look at it. It's just that cool and fun. They had the right idea back in the 60s, oh yes they did.

Very vintage chic, this pin would look great on a summer dress, or on a light sweater or jacket. I think it would also be a super cool accessory attached to a bag or purse, maybe at the base of a handle or strap. Talk about adding a little oomph to a basic black or brown bag!

Mar 22, 2011

It's Official - Cassie's Tale Vintage is Open for Business!

In the beginning, Cassie's Tale had only one Etsy shop, where one could find lovely handcrafted jewelry. And it was good.

But now, it's better!

We officially opened a new Etsy shop yesterday -- Cassie's Tale Vintage -- where we will be selling (you guessed it) all things vintage.

My name is Lisa, and I'm the owner of Cassie's Tale. I have always loved digging through closets, sifting through piles of old treasures, wandering through antique stores, and perusing estate sales and tag sales. (Confession: I've lived in Virginia for ten years now, but still just can't get used to calling it a "yard sale"!) Now, I have a chance to share my love of vintage with ayou -- both through the items for sale in my shop, and through this blog.

Since we're just starting out with this blog and the new shop, we'd love to hear what you think. Please leave us a comment, or send us an email (Info [at] CassiesTale [dot] com) if you care to share your thoughts.