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Vintage Box Cameras As A Fashion Statement

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VINTAGE BOX CAMERAS AS A FASHION STATEMENT

Vintage box cameras were popular from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s.

Hard to imagine these days when everyone seems to have a camera phone and hardly anyone still carries a separate camera. These were considered compact and light weight, Kind of the Instamatic cameras of the day. (I’ll follow up with posts on Kodak Instamatics for those too young to remember). They were the simplest of camera designs consisting of a cardboard or metal box with a simple shutter system and ground glass view finders. Although still using roll film that needed to be developed, these were considered the instant cameras of the day. Customers were encouraged to always carry their camera  to never miss a shot so it wasn’t long before the manufacturers decided to dress up this simple design

The first models were simple black boxes. Later models were available in different colors to match the clothes you wore. Advertisements encouraged owning several, one to match each outfit.

Starting in the Roaring 20’s decorative faceplates were added with geometric “Art Deco” Designs.

No longer practical as working cameras since roll film is hard to find, these make great architectural design items. Great conversation pieces as a shelf accents these display nicely and mix in with other antiques displayed.

Visit http://www.addtiques.com to view more examples. Looking for a specific design or model. Let us know as we are always finding new items and have many items in stock that have not yet been added to our site.

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           VINTAGE BOX CAMERAS

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Vintage Style Double Edge Safety Razors, STILL THE BEST SHAVE!

Safety Double Edge Razors, Still the Best Shave!
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Bet you can’t tell which is the Antique.

A while back I purchased an old Gillette Safety Razor from an estate sale. It was displayed on a shelf until I spotted some Double edge blades at a garage sale. Fed up with the new multi blade razors that clog easily and are expensive I got the old Gillette down from the shelf and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the shave and was so happy with the results I did some research and found a modern version of this classic razor.

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SIMPLE AND FUNCTIONAL

I shaved with the Antique Gillette (I think this one is from the 1940s) for awhile but wanting to preserve it in it’s current condition switched to the new one. The design is almost identical to the old one. There are no moving parts to break or jam, THESE JUST WORK!! To clean the razor unscrews to remove and clean the blade so clogging isn’t a problem either. I was so impressed that I added these to my site addtiques.com. follow the OTHER COLLECTIBLES button at the top of the page $12.95 with 6 blades included.

With all of the “improvements” made since the 1930s I think you will find that these double edge safety razors still provide the best shave.

Additions Antiques specializes in a variety of interesting antiques and collectibles.

My name is Gary, I have been collecting Vintage Items for over 30 years. I have collections of antiques and collectibles including Antique Cameras, Vintage Cigarette Lighters and Tobacciana Collectibles Pens, Watches, Casino and Gambling Collectibles and Pub, Tavern and Brewery items. I recently launched ADDTIQUES.COM where I offer some of my treasures for sale. I also include history and other information on the items offered when possible. In addition to antique and vintage items there are also some quality antique reproductions and modern collectibles offered.

Storing Antique Fountain Pens

Collecting antique pens and pencils is a great hobby. It’s always fun to impress your friends and clients when you pull out your favorite vintage fountain pen. The filling mechanisms are fascinating, Researching the development and improvements made to these filling systems is always interesting. To keep these antique collectible pens in proper working order maintainance is required. The most important thing to remember is to properly maintain pens when storing them. If you expect to display or store a pen for more than a few weeks the ink must be removed and the filling mechanism should be cleaned. Fountain pen ink is acidic and the ink reacts with rubber ink sacs and other rubber seals and components in the filling systems. negative effects can start to take place in a few months. When the ink hardens in a lever fill pen there is no alternative but to replace the ink sac. In some of the older hard rubber pens the rubber ink sac can fuse to the pen barell interior requiring a difficult and costly repair.

It is easy to forget and I have been guilty myself of storing or displaying a pen expecting to get to it later but cleaning takes just a few minutes. When storing an antique pen it is a simple process to flush out the filling system. Empty any ink that is in the pen and then fill with clean clear water. Fill and release the ink intel it flows clear and clean. This should leave the filling system in good working condition and your pen ready to write.

Additions Antiques specializes in a variety of interesting antiques and collectibles.

My name is Gary, I have been collecting Vintage Fountain Pens for over 30 years. I also have collections of other antiques and collectibles including Antique Cameras, Vintage Cigarette Lighters and Tobacciana Collectibles Pens, Watches, Casino and Gambling Collectibles and Pub, Tavern and Brewery items. I recently launched ADDTIQUES.COM where I offer some of my treasures for sale. I also include history and other information on the items offered when possible. In addition to antique and vintage items there are also some quality antique reproductions and modern collectibles offered.

I plan to add weekly posts with information on items that I find interesting. I hope some of you also found this of interest. Let me know what you think support@addtiques.com

Antique Camera Collecting. My First Vintage camera.

 

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye 620

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye 620

I started collecting antiques about 30 years ago when I stopped at a garage sale and spotted a vintage Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera. I bought the camera for $1.00. I thought it was the coolest thing and couldn’t wait to try it out. I tried it out and the pictures were great.  I was more ambitous then and film was more readily available so I used the Kodak from time to time for the next several years. At it’s core the Hawkeye 620 is a simple box camera in a great looking package.  The Brownie Hawkeye is a Bakelite camera taking 6x6cm images on 620 film, made in the USA and France by Kodak, between c.1949-1961

The original design did not have a flash facility, but the Flash model was added in 1950 and labeled Kodak Brownie Flash .

I was sold. I started looking at garage sales and flea markets and picked any bargains I could find. I now have hundreds of antique cameras and other collections including, antique fountain pens, vintage cigarette lighters, but the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye 620 was the start of it all.

 

Antique Replica Fountain Pens, The perfect solution for everyday use.

Antique Vintage Replica Fountain Pens

Antique Replica Fountain Pens

As an Antique Fountain Pen Collector I have often taken my prized Vintage Pens with me to sales calls and other meetings.  I have always gotten the reaction I was trying for.  The pens were always noticed and customers generally had questions about the history of the pen, where I got it, where they could get one.  Often it was a good way to break the ice with a new customer. Unfortunately  I have also lost or damaged some of my prized vintage writing instruments.

I have recently found the perfect solution locating some great vintage replica fountain pens. Now I leave my prized antique pens at home and carry these Vintage Reproductions when leaving the office. The pens I found most interesting are based on the Parker 51 Hooded nib and the Sheaffer Triumph Cylindrical Nib Designs. We have recently added several models of these Antique Replica Fountain Pens to our site.

When using the antique reproductions I have gotten similar reactions from my customers as I did when carrying the actual Antique Pens. If you didn’t know better you would think these were the real antique pens instead of vintage replicas. I have been a collector for over 30 years and I can barely tell them apart myself. The one question that has become easier to answer is “where can I get one like it”. With prices starting under 15.00 these are easily acquired unlike the actual Antique versions. In fact there have occasions when I just handed the one I was writing with to my customer making a gift of it. This went a long way breaking the ice with new customers and I’m sure it helped get some orders placed as well.

If lost or broken these are certainly more easily replaced then the actual antique versions.

 

A few examples are shown at Vintage Replica Fountain pens.

Additions Antiques specializes in a variety of interesting antiques and collectibles.

My name is Gary, I have been collecting Vintage Fountain Pensfor over 30 years. I also have collections of other antiques and collectibles including Antique Cameras, Vintage Cigarette Lighters and Tobacciana Collectibles Pens, Watches, Casino and Gambling Collectibles and Pub, Tavern and Brewery items. I recently launched ADDTIQUES.COM where I offer some of my treasures for sale. I also include history and other information on the items offered when possible. In addition to antique and vintage items there are also some quality antique reproductions and modern collectibles offered.

I plan to add weekly posts with information on items that I find interesting. I hope some of you also found this of interest. Let me know what you think support@addtiques.com

 

Ronson Variflame Premier Cigarette Lighter, The original adjustable flame butane lighter

Ronson Variflame Premier

Ronson Variflame Premier

Here’s one more on vintage cigarette lighters / tobacciana collectibles.

THE  RONSON VARIFLAME PREMIER. The original adjustable flame butane cigarette lighter.

Always the pioneer in innovation and design Ronson introduced this Classic in 1957. It was one of ,if not, the first adjustable  flame butane lighters. Its classic modernist styling and smooth operation made it an indispensable accessory to the movies, magazines and stars of the day. An icon of any age, this lighter is proof that true style never goes out of fashion. With it’s JET AGE Styling the Variflame set new standards in lighter design.

Although the Ronson Variflame was patent protected. This did  not stop other manufacturers from copying it. In a  1962 ruling  Ichikawa Sangyo, Aiwa Kaguku, Toho Sangyo and Toyo Aerosol  Kogyo agreed to stop production of lighters that infringed Ronson’s patent.

This is a true classic design that seems as fresh today as it din in 1957.

Measures: 2.3 inches Length x 1.5 Height x 0.5 Depth Weighs: 2.3 ounces

Ronson Variflame Premier Lighter 1957

Variflame Premier, The original adjustable flame butane lighter

A few examples are shown at RONSON LIGHTERS  For a brief history RONSON. Find a more complete history at Vintage Ronson

Additions Antiques specializes in a variety of interesting antiques and collectibles.

My name is Gary, I have been collecting Vintage cigarette lighters for over 30 years. I also have collections of other antiques and collectibles including Antique Cameras, Vintage Fountain Pens, Watches, Casino and Gambling Collectibles and Pub, Tavern and Brewery items. I recently launched ADDTIQUES.COM where I offer some of my treasures for sale. I also include history and other information on the items offered when possible. In addition to antique and vintage items there are also some quality antique reproductions offered.

I plan to add weekly posts with information on items that I find interesting. I hope some of you also found this of interest. Let me know what you think support@addtiques.com

Evans Trig-A-Lite Cigarette Lighter Case Combination Antique Review

 

Evans Trig-A-Lite Lighter Cigarette Case Combination

Evans Trig-A-Lite Art Deco Designs 1930s

 

Recently published information about The RONSON MASTERCASE Lighter Cigarette Case Combination. Although I don’t smoke I find these accessories fascinating. These days the 2 for a dollar gas station lighters are the norm. Back in the day Everyone smoked and it was considered elegant and COOL. The accessories were as important as the act of smoking itself. Ronson, Evans and Zippo lighters were quality items. Often a smoker would buy a lighter Have his/her initials engraved and keep it for life. These lighters are classic designs and great collectible items. Even more then the lighters I find the Lighter/ Cigarette case  combinations  to be very interesting. I recently published information on the Ronson Mastercase Lighter case combination which was the first and a very interesting and classic design. Shortly after the Mastercase. The Evans Company Located in Attleboro Massachusetts, came out with it’s own version of the one press lighter system, the Trig-a-light. Soon the Trig-A-Lite system was incorporated into a Cigarette Case Lighter combination. The Trig-A-Lite, popular in the 1930s, came in a variety of designs and finishes with an art deco feel. The Trig-A-Lite lighter was also a great design with the button smoothly depressed and the lighting mechanism then snapping up similar to a trigger on a gun, hence the name Trig-A Light. Due the similarities between the Trig-A-Lit and the Ronson systems Evans was forced to enter into a licensing agreement and began producing lighters under the Ronson Patent. The Trig-A-Lite system was discontinued in 1940 and was replaced with the Clipper and Spitfire designs. These new simplified designs were very efficient and easier to produce. A few examples of the Trig-A-Lite are shown at EVANS Trig-A-Lite Lighter Case Combinations  For a brief history go to Evans. Find a more complete history at Vintage Evans Lighters

Additions Antiques specializes in a variety of interesting antiques and collectibles including cigarette lighter/ tobacciana collectibles.
My name is Gary, I have been collecting Vintage cigarette lighters for over 30 years. I also have collections of other antiques and collectibles including Antique Cameras, Vintage Fountain Pens, Watches, Casino and Gambling Collectibles and Pub, Tavern and Brewery items. I recently launched ADDTIQUES.COM where I offer some of my treasures for sale. We are always searching for new Collectible Items and will add Vintage Antique and collectible items regularly so check back often.  I also include history and other information on the items offered when possible. In addition to antique and vintage items there are also some quality antique reproductions offered.

I plan to add weekly posts with information on items that I find interesting. I hope some of you also found this of interest. Let me know what you think support@addtiques.com