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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Early Americana 1960's

Since it's still the month  of July and everyone's still showin thier patriotic colors, I figured  I'd show off  my vintage americana memories. 
In  1968-1976 everyone was gaga over anything Bicentennial. The fabrics had an Americana motif like these examples I found on Ebay.....................

Curtains, Couches with wingbacks and lots of maple, oak, or cherry wood, and ruffles at the floor, even wallpaper sported the motif....especially for the kitchen
Being a child of the 60's I'm  always looking for nostalgic things I remember. I loved those couches I mentioned above...yes at 8 I had a definate decorating preference, but my parents would go for timeless not fady....a neighbor had that couch tho and I always loved sitting in the rocker and watching TV.
Well, while out the other day at the local antique mall guess what I not the upholstered rocker or sofa, but this......
A quaint americana doll highchair. If you click the pic it'll enlarge, so you can see the pattern of the oilcloth, yes, oilcloth! My Grandma had a tablecloth like this in her kitchen back in the day. LoL, I certainly did not pass it up, but now I have to figure out where I'm gonna put it...and no ladies sorry not on my Etsy site..... 
Stand back, I'm on a roll, cause when I was at the Antique Flea Market. This called to me from way back on a table..............
an americana motif sewing box and in the colors I remember ! I had seen one at the antique mall for $30, but kept passing on's still there...I got this one for $10!!!
But wait I didn't look inside until I got to the van...............................
needles, threads, rick rack, laces, scissors, and a box full buttons...
happy van seat dance goin down the road :-D

I've even found an americana curtain panel and used it to create this inset  on the pocket..........
If  you're interested in purchasing this tote let me know in a comment!

It's Rednesday Wednesday so I think I'll join Susan over at It's A Very Cherry World Here.
And, if you're wondering about the Kermit song at the opening of my's a Vintage Alphabet Party over at the Etsy Cottage style Blog.....go thru here to see all the vintage finds that begin with the letters L and M. Here is my vintage alphabet  finds, which includes my red and white vintage lamp. If you'd like to do post to join the party, the post is up til' Sunday.

Hope you all are having a vintage week!


Shirley said...

Hi Melody, I hope you all are doing o.k. in this crazy weather. We are getting pop up storms here today and tonight. Just what we needed more rain. I can't remember a year like this one. I enjoyed your post and the alphabet post. It brought back some wonderful memories.
I started new blood pressure medicine all be cause the insurance company wouldn't pay for my existing medicine. It is a hect of a note when the insurance company tells you what you can have instead of what the doctor prescribes for you. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Anita said...

Oh my goodness I love it all!!! I remember everything leading up to the Bicentennial! I was in the 6th grade in 1976. I remember the $2 bills with the signing of the Declaration on the back. Love those fabrics!! You just brought up so many wonderful memories! I have been on a 50s-60s kick for the last few weeks, but really anything old, I love!

~~Carol~~ said...

Melody, I love it all, and I remember the Bicentennial vividly, and totally got caught up in it! All of those fabrics and patterns really speak to me, because I think we all had them at home at that time. Your sewing box is fantastic, and I always get so excited when there's an old Band-Aid tin inside them, usually full of pins or buttons!
Happy REDnesday!

Angela said...

Oh my goodness the high chair is just GORGEOUS. I could scream with joy. I also love that jar with lid that you have behind it, that is just beautiful.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Melody!
I grew up with "Early American" furniture and decor and I love this post. Brings back lots of memories.
Oh my gosh, your sewing box is divine and with such great goodies inside. You lucky!

Happy Rednesday,

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Thanks for stopping by! Love all the treasures that you have shared with us today!!
I start to decorate on Nov. 1st. In addition to the trees, almost each room is totally redecorated for Christmas! And guess what? I work full time and live in a townhouse!


craftyles said...

I remember all those kinds of fabrics from when I was a kid too. Brings back memories of my parents house!

Ann said...

What an adorable high chair! I'm glad that you didn't pass on it, either.
Also, I too have found a couple of "sewing baskets" with all the goodies still inside...that is just the icing on the cake for me.
Congratulations on your new treasures.
The Tattered Tassel

daylily777 said...

I love your collection !My mom's couch was covered in a similar Americana pattern in the 60's when I was young .

Tea said...

Oh, I love Americana! The inset on the bag was a fabulous idea! I have the Liberty Blue dishes from the 70s. They have revolutionary scenes.