Archive for the ‘Peter Coddles’ Category

And it goes like this:  ” One is nice, two makes a pair and three makes a collection!  And then some…. I think we have collections that have collections!.  Some people come in and marvel at the sheer number of things we’ve managed to have, hold, and display in one apartment!  Most others always ask, “How do you dust all this stuff”?  I never answer them.

I have a category in this blog called Peter Coddles and it is supposed to be about antiques, collectibles, nostalgia and to  feature some of the many collections Peter and I have.  I’ve been really derelict about posting in this area and not sure why.  I LOVE my collections and I LOVE the stuff Peter collects, or well most of it anyway but that’s another story. Peter Coddles is also the name of our antique business.

Anyway, Murray came over the house the other day to photograph Peter’s collection of Peter Coddles Trip to New York vintage games.  This is a collection I’m particularly fond of because when I met Peter 20 years ago, he had ONE game and over the years   I bought him many various versions as presents.  We believe  he has the complete collection because for years now, we’ve not seen or found one that he doesn’t already own.  It’s really hard to display everything and especially vintage games.  We do have a few in a frame but most of the others are in drawers and boxes so by having Murray photograph them all, Peter is going to make a book.  Great idea!

 The game itself is an early 19th century parlor game.  It’s kind of the prequel to Mad Libs.  There are a lot of cards with random words on them and as the storyteller reads aloud from a booklet, whenever there is a blank in the sentence, one of the other players draws a card and reads the word to complete the sentence.  Peter Coddles is a farmer, country boy, a hick and he has decided to take a trip to the big City!  He runs into all sorts of things and predicaments. Of course you know the story can never makes any sense and induces gales of giggles all around.  Being a boomer from the last century, it just occurred to me that this game might be hysterical if everyone was stoned.  Oh well, that was certainly not the idea behind the original  innocence of this game, but it is something to consider.

Peter Coddle’s Trip to New York

St. Nicholas Series-Peter Coddles

Peter Coddles Trip to New York

Peter Coddles Trip to New York

Peter Coddles – This ONE was the first in the collection

Peter Codles Trip to New York-later edition

Peter Coddles & His Trip to New York

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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I remember the Valentine’s Day cards of the 50’s – the ones we exchanged in grammar school (that’s what we called elementary school).  They were mostly funny, sweet, and complete with  sugary clichés.  The Valentine cards shown here are older and speak to a slightly different take on expressing affection.  Can you imagine the phone calls you’d get if you sent your child to school with these today?

Not your average Vegan Valentine!


Ain't Love Swell?

"Muddy Waters"

Vintage Violent Valentine

Chesterfields no less!

Fuzzy Worms?

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Hopefully you got your Advent calendars early this year so you were ready to peel open door number one. Oh the anticipation that the traditional Advent Calendar engenders!  This year I purchased at an Advent House for Finley.  An amazing work, possibly home-made, however, extremely well-crafted.  An adorable cottage replete with dormers and all together 25 little door opening up into a tiny space ready to hold some minute treasure.  Unfortunately the space is so tiny, not much could fit in there other than pennies, dimes, stickers, gummy bears and a couple of colorful ponytail holders.  Not too exciting but happily, Finley is staying in bed in the morning as instructed or else, she doesn’t get to open up a door.

So I decided to make an Advent Blog for my readers filled with all kinds of Christmas and holiday related ideas!

I know I’m starting late but I will catch up, promise!

December 1 One Holiday decorating idea

Fill old Mason jars with small ornaments

Christmas decor, old ornaments, vintage Christmas ornaments, Mason jars

Colorful Christmas Ornaments in Mason Jars

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Bell telephone, desk set phone


You know this blog likes to take trips back into the world of long gone now – that is my own childhood and young adulthood, lol!  We’ve looked at classic cars, vintage board games and even phrases that have gone the way of the past.  Today I have a list of sounds your kids have probably never heard.

Gail, ever my faithful contributor, sent me a link to the  Mental__Floss website which is a true treasure trove of the odd, the strange, the creative, the inventive and certainly the nostalgic.  This post on their site is all about sounds of items and circumstances that have disappeared from our culture and everyday life.  When you hear/see them, I bet you’ll smile to yourself as each one brings back its own set of unique memories.  Enjoy the sounds of yesteryear!


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Plastic flamingos in a yard.

Lawn Flamingos

Quite some time ago, I did a blog post about my flamingo collection and recently my friend, Gail, sent me this article that appeared in the Mental Floss blog about the history of the pink plastic flamingo.  Well several years ago when Peter was selling antiques in Chelsea, one day he saw this couple walking towards his booth.  He noticed them right of because they were wearing almost identical clothes in terms fabric.  Turns out that she made all of their clothes, including overcoats!!  He had a little chat with them and told them about how his wife has one of their flamingos in the guest bath tub.  Yes, it is stuck in the handle of the shower doors. LOL.

Well here is the article as well as a link to my two flamingo posts.



Queen of Kitsch: A Brief History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo

by Haley Sweetland Edwards – June 28, 2011 – 1:55 PM

With the season of backyard barbecues upon us, we thought you could use a history lesson on everyone’s favorite lawn ornament. From the plastic bird’s birth to its modern perch atop the pyramid of campy Americana, here’s the quick-and-dirty on the hot pink queen of kitsch.

The Birth of a National Icon

© Seth Resnick/Science Faction/Corbis

Perhaps not shockingly, the pink flamingo lawn ornament was invented in the same decade that polyester pants, pink washing machines, vinyl wallpaper and Naugahyde lounge chairs were cool. Flamingo fans worldwide owe their thanks to a man named Don Featherstone (pictured), a one-time employee of a plastics company called Union Products, who designed the first pink flamingo lawn ornament in 1957.

When they first hit stores, the blushing birds cost $2.76 a pair and were an immediate hit in working-class subdivisions from the Redwood Forest to the Gulfstream waters. This bird was made for you and me.

A (Brief) Fall from Grace

The 1960s were a decade of backlash against conformity, false experience, and all things Parental—including, evidently, Mom and Dad’s lawn décor. Hippies rallied against the plastics industry, cultural critics chastised all things “un-natural,” and home and garden magazines pleaded with people to abandon the gnomes, lawn jockeys and flamingos of yesteryear in favor of classier, more natural yard décor. By 1970, even Sears had stopped selling the pink flamingo, replacing the gaping hole in their garden department with natural-looking fountains and rocks, according to the historian Jennifer Price. Her book, Flight Maps (Basic Books, 1999), has a chapter on the plastic flamingo. It’s a must-read for flamingo aficionados.

And She’s Back!

Happily for flamingo fans, the ‘70s were a carnival of schlock, and by the early part of the decade, the pink flamingo had become so un-cool, it was cool again—this time as a self-conscious symbol of rebellion, outrageousness and all things Bad Taste. By the time John Waters’ movie, Pink Flamingos, hit theaters in 1972, the bird had fully transitioned to the realm of ironic kitsch. Gay bars used them as mascots, transvestites sported them on earrings and platform pumps, and in 1979, students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison planted 1,008 of the two-legged creatures in the grass in front of the dean’s office, earning them—and the bird—a place in Wisconsin’s State Historical Society.

Pink is the New Art

By the 1980s, the pink flamingo had made the ultimate giant leap for mankind: it had, like Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans, become art. In 1987, the governor of Massachusetts proclaimed the plastic bird “an essential contribution to American folk art,” Price wrote, and new clubs like the Flamingo Fanciers of America and the International Society for the Preservation of Pink Lawn Flamingos sprang into existence in time to celebrate the bird’s thirtieth birthday. In 1998, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles began to sell plastic pink flamingos in its bookstore for $19 a set.

Long Live the Queen of Camp

In 2009, in honor of the students’ 1979 prank, the Madison, Wisconsin, city council named the plastic pink flamingo the official bird of the city. And the esteemed lawn ornament lives on in Americana infamy, lending its name to bars, restaurants, casinos and hotels from sea to shining sea. The birds currently go for about $16 a set online.

via mental_floss Blog » Queen of Kitsch: A Brief History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo.

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The front of a used Mark Six ticket

Did You Win?

I’m a collector, my husband is a collector and so you can only envision the stuff in our home. Or can you?  A while ago I did a blog post about my Flamingo collection which I refer to as kitschy.  See link:  https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/florida-kitsch-is-cool/.  Oh the collections we have!!! Just to name a few;  There are hood ornaments, old radios, character watches, Old Maid games, Peter Coddles games, vintage Mah Jongg sets, vintage advertising characters, antique books on New York City, Pez, bakelite figural napkin rings, vintage laundry soap boxes, vintage marbles…. I probably better not go too much further or you will know for sure just how crazy we are!

And all this prologue is to introduce Thursday’s Top Ten crazy collections and the moniker to describe their collectors.

    1. Sucrologist:  Collect those little sugar packets you find in restaurants.
    2. Deltiologists:  Collect postcards, derived from the Greek word deltos meaning writing tablet – uh oh, I’m one of those too.
    3. Vexillophiles:  Collect and display flags
    4. Lotologists:  Collect new and used lottery tickets
    5. Panna pictagraphists: Collecting comic books (there’s one for Peter)
    6. Helixophiles:  Collect corkscrews (need a lot of room for the rabbits)
    7. Tyrosemiophiles:  Collect cheese labels
    8. Arctophiles:  Collect Teddy Bears
    9. Brandophilists:  Collect cigar labels (got to go to Havana)
    10. Labeorphilists:  Collect beer bottles

Thank you Gail for bringing this madness to my attention!!

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Well those of you who know me (and my husband) and recently a good friend described us to her friend as “they’re so retro”, know that almost all things old and vintage are revered and quite possibly collected by us.  I sometimes refer to my apartment as a tchotcha museum, while others have referred to it as the archives.  So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that of course we love vintage classic cars!  Really, who doesn’t?

The cars from the 1930’s. 40’s and 50’s are Classic;  Clearly they don’t make them like they used to.  First of all, those cars were made with steel, not fiberglass so to get a dent on your bumper someone would really have to smack you and with their weight they didn’t sway on the highway.  Besides the fact that every make and model looked different so that when one was coming your way you knew whether it was a Ford or DeSoto or a Chevy or a Lincoln, for me I loved the mascots (hood ornaments to those of you who….).  I have several mascots from vintage cars and have them mounted and on display in my Art Deco living room.  They were in fact beautiful pieces of chrome sculpture!  But I digress.  So what about the cars – we often go to Vintage Car Shows in the tri-state area and I take photos when I remember to bring the camera and the extra battery (lol).

vintage cars

Sleek Silver and Spectacular

photo by Murray Head

Green With Envy

photo by Murray Head


Daddy Took the T-Bird Away

photo by Murray Head

Resplendent in Red

photo by Murray Head

Vintage car show

Gorgeous - Both of Them!

photo by Murray Head

hood mascot, hood ornament, swan, pelican

A Thing of Beauty

photo by Murray Head

Chevy, chevrolet

Big Blue and Beautiful

photo by Lori

Buick Woody, Woody, station wagon

Buick Woody Station Wagon

photo by Lori

wire wheels, luggage carrier,

Wire Wheels and a Luggage Carrier TOO!

photo by Lori

1958 Metropolitan, So Cute, the Met

So Cute

photo by Lori

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