Over the years, I've written a few times about the Chicago Athletic Association . It is NOW (or...I suppose when I say "now", I really mean pre-COVID because I haven't been anywhere near the CAA for a couple of years) a hip, boutique hotel with a great rooftop bar (Cindy's) and a cool lobby-adjacent bar and gameroom . But, that's the place's second life. The first life was as the real-deal Chicago Athletic Association. A membership-based club like the Union League or University Club. Old-school. It also was the place where my oldest sister was married. All the way back when I was in high school. I also was invited to have a few lunches there from Tom Roeser back in the aughts. Was always a lot of fun to hear Tom tell stories. Years after that, the club failed. I think the membership aged out, the value of the real estate was too high and they couldn't make it work. But, it was always a place that was on my radar. And, because it was around
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We made a stop at the Potbelly's in Willowbrook right off of Route 83 for lunch recently and sat underneath this poster that you see below. It advertises the DuPage County Centennial Flower Show in Hinsdale on June 9,10, 11. At the bottom it reads: "Presented by the Home Gardeners of DuPage County". It is in a lovely vintage frame. And, if you look even closer at the bottom, you'll see this copy that speaks to how the poster was created: "Made by WPA Federal Art Project, Chicago, Illinois". See below for a closeup of that section: Pretty cool, right? I mean...what could be better than a vintage poster that is both LOCAL and about something that I'm into (gardening). A quick spin around the Web and it wasn't hard to figure out the provenance of this poster. The Library of Congress has a listing for it and even dates it: Jun 22 1939. I'm guessing that's the day it was added to the collection, so my hunch is that it was sent to DC
Earlier in March, posted a few pennants from my childhood including this 1984 Illini Rose Bowl beauty , this vintage totally 80's Epcot Center pennant and this pair of Chicago Sting ones from their time at the Rosemont Horizon. Today comes a pair of Chicago Bears pennants from 1984 and 1985: both featuring NFC championships. The first one is from 1984 - the year BEFORE THE YEAR - when they (apparently) won the 1984 NFC Central Division Championship. Next up is this NFC Champions pennant that calls out Super Bowl XX in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on January 26, 1986. But, I'm pretty sure that this one was printed AFTER they won the Conference Title game and BEFORE the Super Bowl. These totally remind me of my childhood. And...of course, they remind me of my dad. The original collector in my life.
A few days ago, I posted a photo of a vintage University of Illinois Fighting Illini football 1984 Rose Bowl felt pennant and remarked that it was from my childhood. It was (somehow??) saved by my mother who packed it away with a bunch of other things from my life. When my folks moved out of their house in Frankfort - and we moved into our home in Downers Grove - they gave me a bunch of boxes and tubs loaded with personal effects. Along with a collection of greeting cards from my First Communion and sports trophies, these pennants were stuck into the boxes. There are a whole bunch of them that I'll get to, but today's post is about this epic, vintage Walt Disney World Epcot Center spacesuit felt pennant. It features Mickey, Donald and Goofy all in their 'Rainbow Brite' costumes and this one, too, I remember from my childhood. I'll have to ask my mom if she has any memories of when we got this, but it seems that this *has* to be from the 1980's, ri
At the Elkhorn Flea Market up in Wisconsin, I came across this American Bricks Building Set of red and brown bricks. They're Lego-like, but they made their appearance twenty years prior to Legos making an appearance in America. This Google Arts & Culture page is really awesome . It is from "The Strong National Museum of Play" in Rochester, New York. Details from there : The Halsam toy company of Chicago offered the first sets of American Bricks construction sets made of wood in the 1940s. The interlocking stud and socket system that held the bricks together was similar to the blocks in LEGO sets that arrived in the United States in the 1960s. The American Brick pieces were grooved on the outer face to resemble the texture of bricks. I think that the vendor wanted $30 for a few bags of them, so they weren't cheap. And because of the price, it was easy to invoke my collecting mantra and pass on them. Say it with me: It is enough to enjoy the existen
Look at these two beauties that I came across at a garage sale down the block. They have a little bit of dust/lint on the red background and have a little bit of dirt on them, but they're pretty great, right? If I was one of the people who run an instagram handle that is vintage finds and wrote some cutesy story about how these would be so 'darling' for your little boy's room and would look 'so good' next to that vintage felt banner you hung this Spring.... I could flip these from 50 cents a piece to $25 for the pair, right? A guy can dream.
A couple of days ago, I posted a photo of #188 Walt Disney Comics and Stories book featuring Donald Duck and his nephews . Inside the book were stories about Donald Duck, The li'l Bad Wolf, " and of course Mickey the Mouse in "The Case of the Hungry Ghost". I haven't read any of them yet, but will get to them soon (I hope!). In the meantime, I flipped through the book and came across the advertisement you see above at the top of this post for Disneyland "View-Master". The photo at the top of this post is via Google's Photoscan app . The one at the bottom of the post is just directly from my phone. There's pros/cons with each one. Here's a link to the photoscan version on Google Photos that is full-size that you can zoom in/around on if you want the details. There are a few other ads worth sharing, but for now, let's focus on this Disneyland one. This is from May of 1956 - just ten months after the July 1955 grand opening o
At some point earlier this year, I picked up this copy of #188 Walt Disney's Comics and stories book at an antique mall up in Wisconsin. This one is from May of 1956 and is in good condition, but we're not retiring on this thing! I paid just $1 for the book and it will go into the archives here at the homestead. This is the third 'vintage Disney' item that we own with a few others that I've posted about here on the blog that 'got away'. The first are these Matchbox cars from the 70's/80's that were mine when I was a kid . Then there was this vintage Pooh Bear Golden book from a garage sale . A prized possession: this election-themed Pooh Bear glass from Sears . Then this Summer, I shared this Mickey the Mouse back scratcher . And finally, I found this vintage Disneyland pennant at an estate sale .
All of the childhood feels with this one. I've posted other LJN World Wrestling Federation Wrestling Superstars here on the blog. Here's a Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake one that is mint-on-card, too. And another of Nikolai Volkoff that my kids now play with as part of their toys. This one is of Jake "The Snake" Roberts and isn't one that I played with as a kid, but do have as an adult. Weird, right? This one has French (I think?) on it, so it was sold in Canada, maybe? Off you go to a good home. While collectors like me have disposable income. Don't want to become the Model-T of action figures, right?
Just last week, I posted the most recent Marshall Field's Walnut Room Christmas mug that I came across at an antique mall up in Wisconsin . That made it five in the collection here on the blog. Here's the list of posts on the topic here on "Why I Oughta...": 1980 - Tree with Bear tall glass . 1981 - Contortionist Santas glass mug . 1983 - Uncle Mistletoe tall glass . 1986 - Greetings from Mistletoe Bear Red outline 2000 - Mr. and Mrs. Santabear Marriage glass mug with multiple colors . But, you'll note that sometime between 1983 and 1986, Marshall Field's moved from using Uncle Mistletoe to someone called Mistletoe Bear. And then by 2000, the bear had gotten married and his name changed to Santabear. That set me down on an eBay rabbit hole to see if I could piece together the full list of mugs. Here's the fruits of that effort: The Definitive Guide to Marshall Field's Christmas Mugs. I have been able to document every year starti