Christmas Party at Herman Miller

Save the date and get in the Christmas spirit with these vintage designs created by the Herman Miller Company for their 1978 Employee Christmas Party. Design: Linda Powell. Source: West Michigan Graphic Design Archives Design: Linda Powell. Source: West Michigan Graphic Design Archives Smack? Yeah, like under the mistletoe. Design: Linda Powell. Source: West Michigan…… Continue reading Christmas Party at Herman Miller

Libbey Golden Foliage

Remember the Silver Foliage glassware by Libbey? Well here’s the more popular Golden Foliage in a less common shape: the sugar and creamer set with a metal caddy, and the 16 oz. hostess pitcher with a removable handle. Found, unexpectedly, at a freecycle event. Handle off. What else are you gonna use a sugar cube…… Continue reading Libbey Golden Foliage

1930s Soviet Propaganda Porcelain

This Soviet-era porcelain vase commemorating the North Pole -1 expedition is pretty accurate: four men and a dog named Vesely were dropped off on a drifting ice floe about 12 miles from the North Pole in May, 1937. By the time they were picked up (at great cost) off of Greenland in February, 1938, the…… Continue reading 1930s Soviet Propaganda Porcelain

And now, a Canadian Analysis of the Holidome

Talking about Holiday Inn Holidomes: The Holidome was a one-stop vacation destination. Why couldn’t it keep up with the times? Only two photos, of unidentified Holidomes, but includes this analysis: At many Holidomes, the humidity from the indoor pools would damage the domed ceiling and make the inner-courtyard-facing rooms damp and stuffy… “While the maintenance…… Continue reading And now, a Canadian Analysis of the Holidome

Vintage Model Airplane Kits

I did not know that this decade is “the best of times for airplane models,” but according to the National Air & Space Museum, Aviation enthusiasts are scouring the country for the vintage airplane kits of their youth. It’s not the first time the Smithsonian has written about model airplane kits; see also Model Airplanes…… Continue reading Vintage Model Airplane Kits

Passenger Pigeon Donated to Purdue

A mounted passenger pigeon found at a California jewelry store has been donated to the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The bird was purchased by Purdue alum Andrew Howe and then flew by plane to Florida before making its final flight to Indiana. Alumni Donation Brings Rare Passenger Pigeon to FNR Collection…… Continue reading Passenger Pigeon Donated to Purdue